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The Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab Utah throughout the 9 day long event. The official event is hosted by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers Inc. one of the local four wheel drive clubs of Moab.

Participants provide their own four wheel drive vehicle, take care of their own food and non-alcoholic beverages for the trip. Suggested essentials, beyond plenty of water, include sun protection, and layered clothing in case of changing weather circumstances that are always a possibility during the spring in southeastern Utah.


Moab 4-Wheeling

Moab is a must visit destination for those who love scenic adventures.


New Camping Fees for the Dalton Wells/Willow Springs Area

On May 15, 2022 the Utah Division of State Parks implemented overnight camping fees for areas within the boundaries of Utahraptor State Park, which includes the Dalton Wells and Willow Springs dispersed camping areas. We have full details available here.


Help us Protect Moab's Public Land Treasures


The Moab area’s beauty, history, and, hundreds of miles of old mining roads and 4-wheel drive trails make it a place that will never be forgotten. Visitors can bring their own vehicle, rent a jeep, or take a tour with one of Moab’s experienced & permitted guides. Always remember that travel is limited to designated motorized routes only. Off-road travel is illegal.

Moab has a full range of backcountry trails, from easy 2-wheel drive backcountry scenic drives to the ultimate in challenging 4-wheel drive trails, providing an opportunity for all to experience the beauty and solitude of a backcountry adventure. Always obtain the most up-to-date information prior to departing for a trip, and be prepared. Remember, turning back is usually an option as well. Please choose your trail wisely, with honest appraisal of your equipment and experience in this terrain. Once you arrive in Moab, detailed 4-wheel drive maps and trail guides are available at the Moab Information Center (MIC), on the corner of Main & Center Streets. The MIC staff is always happy to assist you with your plans and provide information about current trail conditions.

The following trails were selected because they are close to Moab and short enough for a partial-day trip. Among the trails is a variety of scenery and a range of challenge to the off-highway abilities of vehicle and driver.

Difficulty

4-wheel driving difficulty is hard to describe objectively. Opinions vary, and an individual’s judgment may change considerably as they gain experience. The easiest of these trails is suitable for stock high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles. The most difficult trails are barely passable to first-rate off-road equipment. The other trails are well within the capabilities of stock four-wheel-drive trucks and utility vehicles.
Trail Marking

The primitive nature of 4-wheel drive trails makes them hard to mark and keep marked. On some, routes are obscure, while on others, the roads are clear enough but the many unnamed junctions are confusing. Storms can alter roads and remove tracks, while vandals can spoil the markings. Nevertheless, a sign has been placed to identify each trail a short way into the trail. After that, routes and junctions are marked in ways appropriate for the terrain, wooden posts may have a “trail” sign, slickrock may have painted symbols, and most areas will have cairns -small rock piles-to show the route. Topographic maps provide additional help and add to the enjoyment of off-road travel.


Chicken Corners

Map ID: 1

Round Trip from Moab: 54 miles
4-Wheel Drive Road: 43 miles
Minimum Time: 3-1/2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

The route travels the Colorado River Canyon just below Moab, follows a spectacular part of Kane Springs Canyon, climbs the Kane Creek anticline to Hurrah Pass, and descends to benches above the Colorado River. The trail dead-ends at Chicken Corners about 400 feet above the river across from Dead Horse Point.

Trail Directions

From Main Street at Center Street in Moab, travel south on Main 6/10 mile, turn right on Kane Creek Boulevard, follow it through two sweeping curves past its junction with 500 West and continue into the river canyon. When the pavement ends near Kane Creek [0.0], continue on the good gravel road as it enters Kane Springs Canyon and follows the canyon meanders at various levels above the creek. Continue with the gravel road as it crosses the mouth of Hunter Canyon at a hiking trailhead [3.2].

Further along, the canyon broadens, and you can see Hurrah Pass on the right. The gravel road changes to dirt at the ford of Kane Creek [6.4]. Do not attempt to ford in high water; the water can be window-deep following storms or heavy spring melts. Beyond the ford, stay with the best-looking road as other trails leave to the left in the next half mile, and the road will bend toward the north and begin to ascend the cliffs below Anticline Overlook (note the safety fence on the cliff edge above). The summit of this climb is Hurrah Pass [10.0]. As the trail winds down the other side of the anticline, it shows more four-wheel-drive character.

The trail leaves the cliffs on a gentler slope and drops into a wash bottom. Continue straight (out of the wash) where a spur trail leaves to the right and follows the rough wash bottom [12.5]. Shortly after that, an optional route enters a small canyon to the left; the preferred route up the rocky slope to the right swings close to the river on a bench above it. Farther on, two trail junctions [14.4 and 14.6] leave to the left in view of a large side canyon and a mound of red rocks not far to the left of the trail. These trails go to the rock mound and its interesting catacomb caves. The main trail continues along the river benches, which are capped with fossil-bearing limestone, until it crosses a major wash [17.1]. (On the return trip, you will probably spot an unusual arch near the trail east of the wash crossing.) The trail you may see starting up this wash is the Lockhart Basin trail. You follow the main trail straight across the wash and follow along the benches as they wind higher above the water.

The point where the trail is pinched between rocks on the left and the abyss on the right [20.3] is “Chicken Corners” where Moab area guides were reputed to allow “chicken” passengers to walk, rather than ride, past the narrow, sloping section of trail. The trail continues along the broad bench until it narrows to an old horse trail [21.5]. You can’t go much farther, even on foot, because this is the start of a peninsula of land bounded by the gooseneck of the Colorado, the trademark of the spectacular view from Dead Horse Point. Return to Moab by the same route.

Gemini Bridges

Map ID: 2

Round Trip from Moab: 48 miles
4-Wheel Drive Road: 14 miles
Minimum Time: 2-1/2 hours
Difficulty: Easy

The trail covers a region between US Highway 191 and SR 313, reaches some grand vistas, and accesses numerous other trails. The highlight is the spectacular twin arch, called Gemini Bridges, on the rim of an arm of Bull Canyon.

Trail Directions

From the center of Moab, travel north on US Highway 191 for 9.8 miles (you are still south of the SR 313 junction). Turn left to cross a cattle guard near an old ore car by the railroad tracks [0.0], cross the tracks, and turn left to follow the southerly dirt road paralleling the tracks. The main trail soon veers right toward the cliffs, and steadily climbs the cliff slope to Little Canyon, the gap in the cliff rim. Stay with the best maintained trail through upper Little Canyon (old mine trails leave left and right, and a strong spur trail leaves left into a side canyon). Turn right from the wash bottom area [4.8] to climb the steep dugway. The trail passes a gate and winds to higher levels, giving vistas in all directions. Stay with the main trail as spurs leave to the left, and fork right where the good left-hand trail leads to the lower levels of Bull Canyon [6.2] as it begins a sweeping bend to the right. This less-maintained trail is the older route; the graded road is not shown on many trail maps.

As the trail winds still higher, ignore two spur trails to the left and watch for the “Y”, junction that indicates that you are near Gemini Bridges. Keep left at the “Y” [7.4] and follow the markings; past visitors have left numerous unnecessary trails. As you approach the canyon, you will see the deep hole [7.8] that opens into the canyon wall leaving the twin spans. Return part way toward the “Y” junction, but take- the short-cut [8.0] to the left to join the main trail that was the right-hand fork of the “Y”. Turn left on this main trail [8.1], and turn right where a spur trail heads down to Crips Hole [9.0]. The trail joins the graded road that you were on earlier near a drill pad [9.7], and you travel the graded road westerly to paved SR 313 [13.8]. There, a right turn returns you to US Highway 191, while a left heads for Dead Horse Point State Park and the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park.

Fins and Things

Map ID: 3

Round Trip from Moab: 20 miles
4-Wheel Drive Road: 9.4 miles
Minimum Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Difficult

Fins and Things is a one-way trail. It starts 1.9 miles from the Sand Flats Entrance Station (5 miles from downtown Moab), beside campsite ‘E-6’ in Echo Campground. For trailer parking, please park prior to this on the south side of Sand Flats Road 1.4 miles from Entrance Station. OHVs are permitted on the Sand Flats Road. The trail is marked with metal signs and white symbols painted on the slickrock surface. Due to hazardous terrain, it is recommended only for experienced drivers.

The first section between the start and Fox Campgrounds is not recommended for ATVs. ATV users should pick up the trail on the Sand Flats Road at the Diving Board Rock formation which is 3.7 miles from the Entrance Station. A fee is required to enter the Sand Flats Recreation Area.

  • Mile 0.0: Trailhead, 1.9 miles from Entrance Station on right.
  • Mile 0.0-0.3: Trail starts out as a gravel road before climbing up rock fin with white painted markers, trail signs and rock lining, then eventually up a slickrock dome to the base of a steep sand hill. Go straight here or follow the easier alternate route to your left, marked with white dots. Stay on marked trail.
  • Mile 0.8: Trail drops off fin to right, climbs up again, then drops to the right. Go left here.
  • Mile 1.4: Series of steep drops through a slickrock ravine. No alternate routes here. Stay on the trail.
  • Mile 1.8 Intersection at Fox Campground. Go right to base of steep rocky hill, or take easier alternate route to your left. Please be considerate when driving through campgrounds. Follow signs to Hawk Campground.
  • Mile 2.4: Hawk Campground. Toilet on your left, trail goes right.
  • Mile 2.5: Sand Flats Road. Turn right.
  • Mile 3.5: North entrance on left immediately after Diving Board Rock. Two-way travel for .6 miles
  • Mile 4.1 Intersection with Porcupine Jeep Trail; go left. One-way travel only.
  • Mile 5.4: Stay straight; spur to overlook on right.
  • Mile 5.6: Bear right; left goes to Radio Tower and Sand Flats Road.
  • Mile 6.1: Stay left at Wilderness Study Area boundary which is closed to all motorized travel.
  • Mile 6.7: Large canyon to right. Nice lunch stop with views of Arches National Park.
  • Mile 7.0: Cross ravine, climb slickrock to your right. Watch for symbols.
  • Mile 7.3-7.4: Climb fin, then hard right at Mile 7.4. Stay on marked route which is almost all slickrock.
  • Mile 7.7: Left is exit to main road (1/2 mile); right continues out on a fin.
  • Mile 8.1: Intersection; stay right. In 1/2 mile, you will cross here again.
  • Mile 8.6: Hard right, then left. Follow symbols on an up-and-down ride to mile 9.0.
  • Mile 9.0: Continue on trail 4/10 mile to main road.
  • Mile 9.4: Sand Flats Road. Right will take you to the Entrance Station and back to Moab.

Other Trails

The Red Rock 4-Wheelers is a non-profit club organized to bring together adventure loving individuals and families who share the common interest of active four-wheeling. Their objective is to encourage family recreation through safe and responsible operation of four-wheel-drive vehicles. They also seek to utilize public lands in a responsible manner as part of an effort to keep public land trails and roads available for multipurpose use. The club organizes one of Moab’s largest events, the annual Easter Jeep Safari, which consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab throughout the 9 day-long event.

The club’s website contains a fantastic reference to most of the 4-wheel drive trails in the Moab area. Visit their website here: rr4w.com.

Long-Term Parking in Moab

Need somewhere to to park your vehicle or trailer overnight? Although the city of Moab does not have any public long-term parking areas, these companies provide safe, secure storage.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Motorized Travel Routes


Arches National Park

Scenic Byway U-313

Dead Horse Mesa Scenic Byway

History

U-313 is a 22.5 mile (36.2 km) long State highway that winds its way through Grand and San Juan Counties. The highway is the access road for Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.  U-313 was first built in 1975 in place of U-278.  

Construction crew severely damaged the U-313 while constructing the road into what is now Canyonlands National Park. In 1988 the route was rebuilt from its original state of steep grades and blind switchbacks to its current state. The reconstruction of SR-313 was done at the same time as the access road into Canyonlands National Park.

U-313 is currently called the Dead Horse Mesa Scenic Byway.  This Scenic byway leads you to one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.  Dead Horse Point makes you feel as if you are on top of the world, with some of the most amazing 360-degree views.  

At the highest viewpoint on a clear day, the La Sal Mountains can be viewed to the east, the Abajo Mountains to the South, The Henry Mountains to the west and the Bookcliffs to the north. 

Dead Horse Mesa Scenic Byway U-313

0.0 MILES (0.0 KM) – Beginning of Scenic Byway and Movie Location

The intersection of SR-313 and Hwy 191: mile marker 136.8 on US 191 and 11 miles (17.7 km) north of downtown Moab, Utah, 20 miles – 32.2 km (south of Exit 180 on I-70. This is the beginning of your journey to what seems to be the ends of the earth.

Before starting your journey you may want to travel .3 miles (.5 km) north on Highway 191 to fill your tank at the gas station located there.  This station was one of the iconic movie locations in the 1997 movie Breakdown, starring Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan. The plot is basically about a man searching for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

Breakdown, with Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell gasses up his vehicle near the intersection of US-191 & U-313 in Breakdown.

Note: Don’t worry folks, reliable car service is just a phone call away in Moab.

Proceed back to the beginning of U-313 and set your trip odometer to 0.

0.01 MILES ( .02 KM)- Entrance to Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

This attraction has life size dinosaurs that walk the ground that they used to call home. https://moabgiants.com/

Moab Giants Dinosaur Park is the first of its kind world-wide. The perfect balance of adventure and science, Moab Giants has been the realization of a dream for both dinosaur park enthusiasts, and world renowned scientists. They have special expertise in the field of fossil footprints and a deep knowledge of the paleontology of the region. 

Moab Giants Dinosaur Museum
5D Paleo-Aquarium

Moab Giants

Not only is the park set among some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, it is also a unique experience for all ages. Start your journey through time with a 3D cinema introducing you into the prehistoric world, and then venture outside and make your own tracks alongside over 100 state-of the art life-size dinosaurs. You will be roaming the extraordinary landscape dinosaurs once called home, as evidenced by the huge concentration of fossilized tracks found all around the area. The Tracks Museum is full of entertainment with interactive learning touch screens, games to play, and visually stunning exhibits that not only fascinate, but educate. The 5D Paleo-Aquarium gives you a realistic view into ancient life under the sea. Your time in the aquarium will end in the 5D room with an earth shattering experience you are sure not to forget!

Note: The Giant’s Cafe serves up a great selection of food items, and entrance into the park is not required.  Stop in for lunch before starting your journey.

0.6 MILES  (1 KM) – Cliffline Viewpoint & Information Kiosks

This roadside parking area contains information about Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park, along with information on travel and camping rules for the area.  In addition to great views of the area’s geology, abandoned uranium mining activity is visible to the north on the cliffside. 

2.3 MILES (3.7 KM) – Seven Mile Canyon (South Fork)

On the left is a parking area through a gate. This canyon is closed to vehicle traffic about 2.2 miles (3.5 km) up but is open to horseback riders and hikers. Follow the wash up the main canyon. Along the main canyon walls, you may catch a glimpse of a few petroglyphs (these are tricky to find so keep an eye out).  The canyon ends at a grotto that usually has water in a small pond (this is not for human consumption). 7.2 miles (11.6 km) round trip. 

4.5 MILES (7.2 KM) – Monitor and Merrimac Viewpoint 

Monitor and Merrimac Buttes

These two buttes were named for their resemblance to the Monitor and The Merrimack, two American Civil War steamships. Although Merrimac, the larger of the two buttes, looks large it is actually very thin at  200-600 feet wide and 1,600 feet long.

Monitor & Merrimack Buttes

5.3 MILES (8.5 KM) – Navajo Rock East Parking Area

This parking area will give you access to a network of Mountain Biking trails. Navajo Rocks Chaco loop you can also access 7 up, Mag 7, and many other trails.

6.2 MILES – (10.0 KM) Big Mesa View Area 

Views of the surrounding cliffs, along with the Monitor and Merrimac Buttes.  This viewpoint is great for wildflowers in the spring.

7.3 MILES (11.7 KM) – Main Navajo Rocks Parking Area

This parking area is a great place to get some mountain biking, hiking and even four wheeling in. This parking area will give you access to some scenic easy four wheeling. This trailhead can take you up to a dramatic outcropping called determination towers. This is about an 8.8 mile up and back easy going scenic safari ride. 

You can also access Monitor and Merrimac, Seven Mile Rim Safari Trail. Wipeout Hill Safari Trail.

8.4 MILES (13.5 KM) – Plateau Viewpoint

Plateau Viewpoint

The roadside viewpoint has great views of the La Sal Mountains and the surrounding plateau country.  The La Sal Mountains are part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest and the southern Rocky Mountains. The maximum elevation is at Mount Peale, reaching 12,721 feet (3,877 m) above sea level. The range contains three clusters of peaks separated by passes. The peaks span a distance of about 10 miles (16 km). The name of the range dates to Spanish times, when the Sierra La Sal (meaning the "Salt Mountains") were a prominent landmark on the Old Spanish Trail between Santa Fe and Los Angeles.

8.5 MILES (13.7 KM) – Dubinky Well Road

  • Lone Mesa Group Campsites – Lone Mesa Group Sites are ideal for large gatherings such as school groups or family reunions. Read more…

Continuing down Dubinky Well Road leads to many four-wheel drive roads that lead to canyons and vistas including:

  • Hey Joe Trail, a site of some mining ruins, is a short tributary to Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River. 10 miles of good dirt road to the rim of Spring Canyon, where a spectacular ledge road winds down a 600-foot cliff to the canyon bottom. The trail follows the canyon about 2 miles to the Green River. It then turns upstream about 9 miles along the river to reach Hey Joe Canyon. The trail along the river is subject to rock falls from above and collapse from below.  4WD Required – Difficulty 4/10. Trail Details
  • 3D Trail tours the vicinity of colorful Hidden Canyon and Brink Spring, northwest of Moab. It visits the canyon bottom and canyon rim, and, finally, a higher overlook of the area (hence the name 3-D). A few of the hills have been known to challenge stock vehicles, but most of the tour is pleasant, scenic, family four-wheeling. 4WD Required – Difficulty 4/10. Trail Details
  • Secret Spire Trail rides the rolling mesa top between two of the Green River’s large tributary canyons, Hellroaring and Spring Canyons. It goes close to the deep portions of Spring Canyon, and it crosses the shallower upper Spring Canyon to visit a strange tower, dubbed the Secret Spire. It is a good trail for some mild four-wheeling through an interesting and scenic expanse of country. 4WD Required – Difficulty 3/10. Trail Details

9.7 MILES (15.6 KM) – Jewel Tibbetts Arch Trail

Turn right on an unimproved dirt road and continue to a parking lot in 1.3 miles (2.1 km). A high clearance vehicle may be required based on conditions. This trail offers spectacular views across Hell Roaring Canyon to a large natural arch. From the parking lot, the trail passes through a fence and follows a dirt road for about 0.1 miles (.16 km). The trail leaves the road and goes down several dry washes until it rejoins an old road (closed to vehicles). After a short distance, the trail leaves the old road, and follows a series of rock cairns near the edge of Hell Roaring Canyon (400 feet deep).

Jewel Tibbetts Arch Trail
View of Hell Roaring Canyon on the trail to Jewel Tibbetts Arch

After a short distance, the trail follows a short spur onto a slickrock platform, from which spectacular views of the arch and the canyon below can be had. The trail returns to the parking lot across a blackbrush mesa, where it rejoins the road. The arch is named after Jewel Tibbetts, a Moab resident who lived about 10 miles’ (16.1 km) distance at the Horsethief Ranch in the 1950 and 1960’s with her husband Bill. They often took ranch visitors to see the arch. Note: Hikers should exercise caution on those sections of the trail which are close to the edge of Hell-Roaring Canyon. The trail can be very warm in summer. Neither mountain bikes nor motorized vehicles are allowed on this trail, except for the first 0.1 miles (.16 km) where the trail follows an existing road. Length of Hike: 2.1 miles (3.4 km), round-trip (semi-loop); allow about 2 hours round-trip. 

11.9 MILES (19.2 KM) – Horse Thief Campground Entrance 

Campsites are tucked in the pygmy pinyon-juniper forest on the mesas above Moab, yet offer great views. Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. One group site, Horsethief Group Site, is available for reservation through Recreation.gov. This campground is close to Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. 

12.2 MILES (19.6 KM) – Mineral Bottom Rd

Mineral Bottom Road
Mineral Bottom Road

The road is well maintained and is rated as easy. It is about 13 miles (20.9 km) to the switchbacks that lead you down to the White Rim Trail and the Green River.  The steep switchbacks are scenic and easy as you descend about 500′ to the bottom. Although the road is suitable for high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicles when dry, the unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet.  In any case, driving 4WD is recommended due to uneven surface. Once on the bottom, turning right will lead you to a dead end at Mineral Bottom, where rafting boats are launched. If you turn left you are on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park. (A permit is required for the White Rim: https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/dayusepermits.htm)

Mile 13.1  (21.1 KM) – Gemini Bridges Trail 

Gemini Bridges

Gemini Bridges is one of the most popular spots in Moab. The Gemini Bridges Trail is well known to local mountain bike riders for its scenery and long descents. Starting from U-313, the trail is nearly all downhill back to US-191. Approximately 5.5 miles from U-313, the spur route to Gemini Bridges is encountered. This route is a hiking route only and is a short 0.2 mile walk. After viewing the bridges, enjoy the rest of the marked trail down to Highway 191. This bike route utilizes a county road and is shared with jeeps, ATV/UTVs, and dirt bikes.

14.6 MILES  (23.5 KM) – Left Turn to Dead Horse Point State Park


19.1 MILES (30.7 KM) – Entrance Station to Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

From the prominence of Dead Horse Point, 2,000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River, an ever-changing landscape unfurls. Immense vertical cliffs meet with canyons carved by ice, water, and wind creating a visual masterpiece. 

Millions of years of geologic activity created the spectacular views from Dead Horse Point State Park. Deposition of sediments by ancient oceans, freshwater lakes, streams and wind blown sand dunes created the rock layers of canyon country. Igneous activity formed the high mountains that rise like cool blue islands out of the hot, dry desert.

An entrance fee is required.

The Main Overlook at Dead Horse Point

19.5 MILES (31.4) – Moenkopi Yurts

A perfect location for experiencing sunrise, sunset and a bit of seclusion, the Moenkopi Yurts offer a glorious camping experience up at Dead Horse Point State Park.  With sweeping views and a private spur to the Intrepid Trail System this yurt site can be your quiet spot of heaven while enjoying the Moab area. These Yurts can be reserved at https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/dead-horse-point-state-park/UT/344161/overview

20.2 MILES (32.5 KM) – Grand and San Juan County line


21.1 MILES (34.0 KM) – Visitor Center/ Basin Overlook Parking Lot

A gift shop is located inside the visitor center and offers park visitors a variety of quality souvenirs including shirts, hats, postcards, cups, handmade knives, magnets, art work, pottery, snacks, etc.

The Amitheater at Dead Horse Point

22.1 MILES (35.6 KM) – Bottleneck viewpoint (Historical Marker)

On the road, about a quarter of a mile from the lookout point, you’ll pass the bottleneck which is only about 30 feet wide. Here, once the horses would be herded in, a fence and gate were placed trapping the horses. The cowboys could then pick out the wild horses they wished to keep. Unfortunately, as the story goes, once the cowboys picked the horses they wanted, they opened the gate at the bottleneck and left. It was said that the wild horses were so spooked that many didn’t leave the point, even though the gate was open, and being on top of a mesa, with no shade and no water, they died of thirst.

22.5 MILES (36.2 KM) – Dead Horse Point Overlook Trail

This is the main attraction of Dead Horse Point State Park. From the overlook parking lot, a short paved pathway leads to breathtaking views of the Colorado River and adjacent canyon country some 2,000 feet below. A large shelter at the overlook provides relief from both foul weather and summer heat. Paved pathways lead out in both directions from the shelter, providing additional viewpoints while linking up with both the East and West Rim trail systems.

Although the primary overlook and shade shelter are accessible, the eastern and western spur trails contain steeper inclines and short sections of slick rock interspersed with the pavement.

The opening rock climbing scene features Tom Cruise at Dead Horse Point.
Armie Hammer talks about his favorite Movie location (Moab) and the most spectacular sight he saw (Dead Horse Point).


Moab Area Hiking Trails

From cool stream-side hikes to spectacular sandstone arches, the Moab area is full of exciting day-hikes outside of the national parks. All of the trails on this page are on Bureau of Land Management land and most are pet friendly. What follows is just a taste of what Moab has to offer outside of the national parks.

Introduction

There are many pet-friendly trails and accommodations to choose from in the Moab area. By taking a few precautions and observing local rules and regulations, traveling with your pet can be a very rewarding experience.

NATIONAL PARKS
Activities with pets are very limited within the National Parks of southern Utah. Pets are prohibited from the backcountry as well as on trails. Pets must be leashed at all times when outside a vehicle and may be walked only on roads or in parking lots. Pets may accompany visitors in campgrounds.

OTHER PUBLIC LANDS
Generally, pets may accompany you as you hike on public land in Canyon Country outside of the national parks. (Check out our Hiking Page for details on some popular pet friendly Moab area hikes.)

Pet Etiquette and Local Laws

Clean Up After Your Pet
Bring plastic bags, litter, or bedding. Wherever you stay, don’t forget to clean up after your pet. It’s both common sense, and courteous to the places you’re visiting.

Proper Waste Disposal

Research and Obey Local Laws
In Moab City all dogs must be kept on a leash, in Grand County all dogs must be kept under restraint, no owner shall fail to exercise proper care and control of his or her animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.

Pet Friendly Trails and Places
All of the trails on this page are pet friendly. In town, Moab’s Bark Park is an off-leash dog park located at 100 East 300 South on the southeast corner of the intersection. This is a great place to bring your dog so they can exercise, run, and play, unleashed. (Please remember to clean up after your dog.)

Identification
Make sure the identification tags on your pet’s collar are up to date and fastened securely to the collar. An updated rabies vaccine is required for all dogs and cats in the state of Utah.

Biological Soil Crust

Help to keep all of our trails open. Protect this fragile, but crucial, soil by remaining on designated roads, routes and trails at all times.

Biological soil crust, also known as cryptobiotic soil, is the foundation of desert plant life. This black, knobby crust is made up of many different living organisms and plays a vital role in maintaining the desert ecosystem. However, this sensitive soil is extremely fragile and can take decades to grow. Even a footstep can damage the crust for decades, having lasting impacts on the desert environment. Please stay on the trials. Help to protect this fragile life by remaining on designated roads, routes, and trails at all times. Where hiking trails are not established, hike in sandy washes or on bare rock.

Help us Protect Moab's Public Land Treasures

Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide

The Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide is a new comprehensive guide to adventures and activities that are available on the public lands surrounding Moab. If you are interested in hiking, off-road driving, river activities, scenic byways, dark sky observing, mountain biking, e-biking, rock art tours, camping, dinosaur trails, or traveling with pets, this guide will set you on the right path. The Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide is NOW AVAILABLE for free at the Moab Information Center (corner of Main & Center Streets in Moab). Although we cannot mail them out, the ebook version is available for download. Click here to view the Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide online.

Canyoneering

If you are looking for something a little different to experience on your next vacation, try canyoneering. “Canyoneering” refers to exploring canyons which occasionally require the use of ropes and basic climbing skills to explore. As a result, canyoneers frequently find themselves in lesser visited canyons that are the hidden gems of southern Utah. Whether you are beginner or expert, Moab’s Canyoneering Guides can take you into some of the most beautiful canyons in southern Utah.

A complete list of all Moab Canyoneering Guides is included on our Guides & Outfitters page.

Essential Equipment Checklist

Drinking Water

This is a high desert environment. Bring one gallon per person, per day.

Food

Good Footwear

Tennis or running shoes with rubbery soles are adequate for short slickrock and stream hikes.

Sun Protection

Sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses

Route map or trail guide

First-aid kit

Insect Repellent

Day Pack

Cool Season Hikes