Scott M Matheson Wetlands Preserve Trail

Moab, Utah 84532

Scott M Matheson Wetlands Preserve Trail

Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail west of Moab wanders through a riparian wetland with shady trees, meadows, and lots of wildlife on the Colorado River floodplain. This hike makes a mile-long loop through the 890-acre Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve along the Colorado River west of Moab.

The area, administered by The Nature Conservancy, preserves the lush bottomlands of the river and forms a counterpoint oasis to the surrounding stone landscape. This riparian wetland, the most species-rich habitat in southeastern Utah, attracts lots of wildlife, including over 225 bird species, northern leopard frogs, mule deer, raccoons, beaver, muskrat, and foxes. The area is locally called the Moab Sloughs."

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Trail Information

Moab
Nearby City
1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
30 minutes to 1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Best Times
The Nature Conservancy, Moab Project Office, P.O. Box 1329, 820 Kane Creek Blvd., Moab 84532; (435) 259-4629; www.nature.org
Local Contacts
USGS Moab, Moab Trails Illustrated Explorer
Local Maps