Scott M Matheson Wetlands Preserve Trail

Moab, Utah

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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.

Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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

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May 2018