Moses and Zeus

Moab, Utah 84532

Moses and Zeus

Moses and Zeus Professional Review and Guide

"The landscape at the end of the Taylor Canyon Road is dominated by four slender spires of sandstone that beg to be investigated. The tallest pinnacle rises 410 feet from its base, or 930 above the end of the road, and with a little imagination it is easy to see why the spire was named Moses. It really does look like an old man wearing a long robe slightly hunched over as he gazes down upon the smaller figure, Zeus, in front of him. It is not clear why Moses would be talking to Zeus, but his posture is very solemn and reverent, as if he were about to utter something of great importance.

Like most of the pinnacles in Canyonlands, these landmarks have been carved from the Wingate Formation, a hard, thick layer of dense ruddy sandstone that for some reason tends to fracture along vertical planes. They are the eroded remains of a long point of land that once protruded from the south side of Horsethief Mesa. Trail: Steep and rocky, but mostly easy to follow."

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Trail Information

Moab
Nearby City
1.8
Distance
560 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.25 hours
Duration
Year-round, best spring and fall
Season
4,220 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,780 feet
Top Elevation
Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Upheaval Dome
Local Maps