The Moab Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management administers 1.8 million acres of the spectacular canyon country surrounding Moab and southeastern Utah’s national and state parks. Recreational opportunities include pet-friendly hiking trails, world famous mountain biking trails, and an extensive network of 4-wheel driving trails.
PET FRIENDLY HIKING TRAILS
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Length: 3.0 miles
Trailhead: 22 miles east of Moab on Utah Highway 128. The parking lot for the trail is in the Hittle Bottom Campground.
The trail is located very near the Colorado River, and in an area of interesting rock formations. The Amphitheater Loop Trail is approximately four miles from the Fisher Towers Trailhead; both trails can be walked in a single day.
Description: The Amphitheater Loop Trail makes a lovely walk for those staying at Hittle Bottom campground, or for people traveling Highway 128. The trail climbs approximately 250 feet in elevation to afford a stunning view of the Colorado River corridor. Along the way, you can see interesting sandstone formations in the Moenkopi and Cutler sandstone layers
Elevation Change: 440 feet
Length: 1.5 miles
Trailhead: On Utah Scenic Byway 279, 10 miles west of the Utah 279/U.S. 191 junction.
Corona Arch (140 by 105 foot opening) and adjacent Bow Tie Arch; also views of the Colorado River and a large slickrock canyon.
Description: From the parking lot on the north side of the highway follow the trial up to the visitor register box near the railroad; please register. Cross the railroad track and follow an old road bed up through a gap in the rim. From the gap, follow the cairns up the wash for about 100 yards where the trail swings to the left. Follow the trail and cairns over a low sandy pass and then down towards the base of a large cliffs. Continue along the base of the cliff to the first safety cable and around to the second cable where steps have been cut into the slickrock. Corona Arch is visible from this point. From the top of the second cable climb up over a short ledge and follow the cairns up to the top of the large bench. From this point, it is an easy walk along the broad slickrock bench to the base of Corona Arch.
Elevation Gain: 670 feet
Length: 2.2 miles
Trailhead: Off Utah Scenic Byway 128. At 21 miles east of the Utah 128/US 191 junction, turn right and go 2.2 miles on an improved dirt road to a parking lot.
Close up views of the Fisher Towers and Onion Creek area. Distant views include the Colorado River, Castle Valley, Fisher Mesa, and the Book Cliffs.
Description: From the parking lot (please sign in at register box), the trail goes down a short set of steps and then runs to the left out onto a small slickrock-covered ridge. Follow the ridge away from the main cliffs until just after it narrows and then go left down into the ravine through a small cut on the left side of the ridge. From the bottom of the ravine the trail, heads steeply up and then begins to wind directly beneath the Fisher Towers. After swinging around the largest tower, The Titan, the trail ascends and ends on a ridge with a panoramic view. The Fisher Towers are composed of Moenkopi and Cutler sandstones, and have eroded into many fantastical shapes. Climbers occasionally scale these mudstone towers (be cautious of hiking directly below a climber!). Note: This trail has a western exposure and can be exceptionally hot on summer afternoons. Mountain bikes are not allowed on this trail.
Elevation Change: 680 feet
Length: 2.0 miles
Trailhead: Drive 3 miles south from Moab on U.S. 191 and turn right onto Angel Rock Road. After two blocks, turn right onto Rimrock Road and drive to parking area.
Access route to Hidden Valley and Behind the Rocks, good views of the Moab Valley and Behind the Rocks. Trail connects with the southern end of the Moab Rim four-wheel-drive trail.
Description: From the parking area, follow the trail up to the base of the Moab Rim and then ascend a series of steep switchbacks. At the top of the switchbacks, the trial heads north and enters Hidden Valley - a broad shelf between the top of the Moab Rim and Spanish Valley. Follow the trail to a low rise that separates the two halves of Hidden Valley and continue along through the northern section to a point where the trail swings to the left and goes over a low pass. At the pass, the hiker will be rewarded with a view of the large sandstone fins of the Behind the Rocks area. The trail continues down the west side of the pass for about 1/3 mile where it meets the Moab Rim four-wheel-drive trail. The hike may be extended to the Colorado River by following the Moab Rim four-wheel-drive trail to its starting point. NOTE: During the late afternoon, in the summer, this trail is largely in the shade of higher cliffs.
Elevation Change: 240 feet
Length: 2.0 miles
Trailhead: On Kane Creek Canyon Road 7.5 miles west of its intersection with U.S. 191 (canyon is on the left, one mile beyond the switchbacks).
Free-flowing stream during spring months with cottonwood trees and pools. A large arch is located on the right hand side of the canyon about a half mile above the trailhead.
Description: From the parking area at the mouth of the canyon, follow the hiker-established path about two miles up the canyon until the route gets blocked by brush.
Elevation Change: 940 feet
Length: 3.0 miles
Trailhead: On Kane Creek Boulevard, 2.6 miles northwest of its intersection with U.S. Highway 191 in Moab (.1 mile beyond the first cattleguard).
Good views of the Colorado River, the Moab Valley, and the sandstone fins of the Behind the Rocks area.
Description: From the parking area, follow the 4-wheel-drive vehicle route up the slickrock ramps of Kayenta sandstone. After about 1.4 miles, the route reaches a viewpoint of the Moab Valley. Follow the vehicle route south and then down through a slickrock area located between two large domes of Navajo sandstone. At the base of the slickrock area, the route continues along a wash bottom and then up a large sand hill (several routes up). From the top of the sand hill, the route branches twice to the left. The first spur on the left leads to a viewpoint high above Spanish Valley. The second spur route ends after 200 yards at another view point. Ahead to the south, the view is dominated by a long ridge of massive sandstone fins. From the second spur, the main route drops down into a wash and then climbs in an easterly direction to its terminus just below the pass to Hidden Valley.
Elevation Gain: 330 feet
Length: 2.0 miles
Trailhead: On Utah Scenic Byway 128, three miles east of junction with U.S. 191.
Year-round stream in scenic canyon. Morning Glory Natural Bridge, which has a span of 243 feet, is the sixth longest natural rock span in the United States.
Description: From the parking area next to Utah 128, follow the trail that starts on the left side of the stream. Keep going upstream for about 1.5 miles. Morning Glory Natural Bridge is located at the end of the second side canyon on the right. Follow the trail to where it crosses the stream at the mouth of the side canyon. Cross the stream, then follow the trial up a steep slope into the side canyon. Morning Glory Bridge is located at the end of the trail about 0.5 miles up the canyon from the stream. Do not touch the poison ivy that grows below the pool under the bridge! Poison ivy plants have shiny leaves with serrated edges in dusters of three.
Elevation Change: 980 feet
Length: 2.0 miles
Trailhead: JayCee Park Recreation Site on Utah Scenic Byway 279, 4.2 miles west of the Utah 279/U.S. 191 junction.
Panoramic viewpoint of the Moab Valley, La Sal Mountains, Colorado River, and the south portal.
Description: From JayCee Park, follow the hiking trail up the Colorado towards the river "portal. " From the trailside visitor register box, the trail begins its climb to the viewpoint. After several switchbacks, the trail follows a cairned route up "ramps" of Kayenta sandstone to the overlook. Be cautious around the overlook as there are no safety fences. This trail is frequently used by mountain bikers riding down from the mesa top. Note: During late afternoons in the summer, this trail is largely in the shade of higher cliffs.
MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS
Mountain biking in canyon country can be anything from a challenging ride on the world famous Slickrock Bike Trail to a leisurely ride along backcountry roads. Bring your own bike or rent a bike in town from one of Moab's numerous bike shops. Some popular biking areas include:
Detailed trail maps are essential for navigating these routes and they are available at the Moab Information Center (intersection of Main & Center Streets in Moab) and at many of the retail shops in Moab. An excellent overview of many of these areas is available on discovermoab.com.
Please note that this high desert environment can be unforgiving to the unprepared. Riders should carry water, food, clothing and tools and be prepared for changing weather and riding conditions.
4-WHEEL DRIVE TRAILS
Moab has a full range of backcountry trails for Jeeps, SUV's, dirt bikes, and ATV's. From easy 2-wheel drive backcountry scenic drives to the ultimate in challenging 4-wheel drive trails, these trails provide an opportunity for all to experience the beauty and solitude of an off-road adventure. Visitors can bring their own vehicle, rent a Jeep or ATV, or take a tour with one of Moab's experienced guides. Popular areas include:
Detailed trail maps are essential for navigating these routes and they are available at the Moab Information Center (intersection of Main & Center Streets in Moab) and at many of the retail shops in Moab. An introduction to several of these routes is available on discovermoab.com.
Please note that this high desert environment can be unforgiving to the unprepared. Drivers should carry water, food, clothing and tools and be prepared for changing weather and driving conditions.
These lands are administered by the Bureau of Land Management. If you have any specific questions about current conditions or regulations, contact them directly:
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
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