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Bureau of Land Management Campgrounds


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains 26 campgrounds in the Moab area. With the exception of Ken’s Lake (see below), most individual campsites are available on a first-come/first-served basis and no reservations are accepted.

Ken’s Lake and Selected Courthouse Rock Campsites are Now Reservable

  • Individual campsites are now reservable through Recreation.gov.
  • Ken’s Lake Recreation Area is just 10 miles south of Moab and offers swimming, paddle-boarding, limited boating and fishing. Hiking and 4WD roads are accessible from the campground. Click here for Ken’s Lake Campsite Reservations Q & A.

All other BLM Campgrounds are first-come, first-serve (no reservations available):

  • All individual sites are $20/night.  Pay at the campground with exact cash, check or by utilizing the Credit Card ROK where available. The Remote Off-Grid Kiosk (ROK) is a solar powered Recreational Free Collection System. See the list below for campgrounds which utilize the ROK for credit card payments. The North Klondike campground has the option to pay using the Recreation.gov mobile app. (Note: Camping in the Sand Flats Recreation Area is $15 per night per vehicle.)
  • Campgrounds and camping areas have picnic tables, vault toilets and fire rings. Firewood gathering is not allowed. Bring your own wood (available at convenience stores in Moab).
  • Campsites are limited to 10 people and two vehicles (or one vehicle and a trailer).
  • RV Sites have no hook-ups. Generator hours are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Camping at all sites is limited to 14 days within a 30-day period.
  • Group Campsites – Several campgrounds feature reservable group sites, which are suitable for large groups. All BLM group campgrounds are reserved through Recreation.gov.

Please note that drinking water is NOT available at these campsites and plan accordingly.

Please do not drive through campgrounds when "Full" signs are posted. The campgrounds are full and the noise and lights disturb fellow campers!

  Did you know: All Moab BLM campgrounds are supported solely by user fees – not tax dollars!  

Recreation.gov Mobile App







RV Length


Group Sites

Picnic Tables

Boat Launch

Horse Corral

Highway 128 Campgrounds

Click on each campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Goose Island Campground

Hwy 128, 1.4 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash or check.


Grandstaff Campground

Hwy 128, 3 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash or check.


Drinks Canyon Campground

Hwy 128, 6.2 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK at Big Bend Campground.


Hal Canyon Campground

Hwy 128, 6.6 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK at Big Bend Campground.


Oak Grove Campground

Hwy 128, 6.9 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK at Big Bend Campground.


Big Bend Campground

Hwy 128, 7.4 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK at Big Bend Campground.


Upper Big Bend Campground

Hwy 128, 8.1 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK at Big Bend Campground.


Upper Onion Creek Campground

Hwy 128, 21 miles from Hwy 191, then 0.7 miles southeast on gravel road. Has corral for up to 8 horses. Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK at Hittle Bottom Campground.


Lower Onion Creek Campground

Hwy 128, 21.5 miles from Hwy 191 then 1 mile northwest on graded road. Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK at Hittle Bottom Campground.


Fisher Towers Campground

Hwy 128, 21.5 miles from Hwy 191 – Dirt Road access. Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK at Hittle Bottom Campground.


Hittle Bottom Campground

Hwy 128, 22.5 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK.


Dewey Bridge Campground

Hwy 128, 28.7 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK at Hittle Bottom Campground.


Highway 279 Campgrounds

Click on each campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Jaycee Park Campground

Hwy 279, 4.2 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash or check.


Williams Bottom Campground

Hwy 279, 6 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash or check.


Gold Bar Campground

Hwy 279, 10.2 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash or check.


Highway 313 Campgrounds

Click on each campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Lone Mesa Group Sites

Utah 313, 9 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash or check.


Horsethief Campground

Utah 313, 12 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash, check or Credit Card ROK.


Cowboy Campground

Utah 313, 14 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash or check.


Kane Creek Road Campgrounds

Click on each campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

King’s Bottom Campground

Kane Creek Rd, 2.8 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash or check.


Moonflower Group Site

Kane Creek Rd, 3 miles from Hwy 191 – Payment by cash or check.


Hunter Canyon Group Site

Kane Creek Rd, 7.8 miles from Hwy 191 – Dirt road access. Reservable only through Recreation.gov.


The Ledge A, B, C, D, & E Campgrounds

Kane Creek Rd, 10 miles from Hwy 191 – Access to the Ledge Campground is down a tight, steep switchback and over several creek crossings on a gravel/dirt road. It is not recommended for vehicles over 22′ or vehicles pulling long trailers. – Payment by cash or check.


Ken’s Lake Campground

Click on campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Ken’s Lake Campground

8.5 miles south of Moab off Hwy 191, then follow signs south on Spanish Valley Drive. Ken’s Lake Campground is now reservable via Recreation.gov.


North of Moab

Courthouse Rock

16 mi north of Moab on Hwy 191, then approximately 1 mi on the graveled Mill Canyon Road (turn left at first “Y” on road). Large graveled parking area suitable for large RVs and/or trailers. Campsites 1-4 and 7-10 cash, check, scan and pay. Campsites 5 and 6 reservation only through Recreation.gov.


North Klondike

22 mi north of Moab on SR 191, take the graveled Road 143 and past the metal toilet (stay left at first “Y” on road). This campground also has the option to pay using the Recreation.gov mobile app.


Sand Flats Recreation Area

Click on campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Sand Flats Recreation Area

Sand Flats Road, 2 miles east of Moab



  • Sand Flats Recreation Area – Most sites accommodate up to a 26 foot RV. Campground A has 6 sites that will accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Goose Island – All sites accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Ken’s Lake – Numerous sites accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Big Bend – 5 sites will accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Hittle Bottom – 5 sites will accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Gold Bar– Reservable group sites that accommodate several large RVs.
  • Lone Mesa– Reservable group sites that accommodate several large RVs.


There are three reservable BLM group sites that accommodate horses (have horse corrals) in the Moab Area. These are reservable on Recreation.gov six months in advance and up to eight days before the arrival date. The Courthouse Rock Campground also accommodates horses (horse corrals) and is available first come, first served. No water is available and feed must be weed-free. As a courtesy to fellow users, please consider removing animal waste from the corrals/campground:
  • Upper Onion Creek Group Site A
  • Ken’s Lake Group Site A
  • Lone Mesa Group Site A
  • Courthouse Rock Campground

Fairy Shrimp

BLM Camping Map

Where to get a shower in Moab.

Dispersed (Primitive) Camping On Public Lands

Within 20 miles of Moab, camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds.

Primitive camping is available in certain areas outside of Moab (see map & legend below): These regulations apply to all primitive sites:

  • Vehicles must stay on roads
  • Human waste carryout required (portable toilet or human waste bags)
  • Pack it in; pack it out
  • Do not build new fire rings or leave trash in existing ones.
  • No wood cutting or gathering.
  • Do not mark on rocks

Disposing of Human Waste in Moab

The areas with designated sites (marked with green hatch lines) are summarized below:

  • Dubinky Well Road – 12 sites on the east side of the road
  • Gemini Bridges Road – 6 campsites located in Bride Canyon.
  • Cotter Mine Road- 10 sites located just off HWY 191 and north of SR 313
  • Dripping Springs Area – 6 large campsites near Tenmile Wash
  • Black Ridge Area – 6 sites located in the camping area.
  • Picture Frame Arch Area – 4 sites located in the Behind the Rocks area located six miles southwest from Moab off Hwy. 191

There are several areas in which no sites are designated and camping is not allowed (orange). The Shafer Basin, which forms the viewshed of Dead Horse Point State Park and is important bighorn sheep habitat, has no sites. Long Canyon, which is subject to extreme flooding and is also important bighorn habitat, has no sites. No camping is allowed in the Mill Creek area immediately east of the city of Moab, or on the west side of Spanish Valley. No camping is allowed within one mile of developed recreation sites in the Canyon Rims Recreation Area. If you have any questions about primitive camping restrictions please contact the Moab BLM Office at (435) 259-2100.

Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide

Introducing the Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide—a comprehensive resource showcasing the diverse range of adventures and activities awaiting you on the public lands surrounding Moab. Whether you’re drawn to hiking, off-road driving, river activities, scenic byways, dark sky observing, mountain biking, e-biking, rock art tours, camping, dinosaur trails, or exploring with your furry companions, this guide is your ultimate companion.

The Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide is now available, free of charge, at the Moab Information Center located at the corner of Main and Center Streets in Moab. For your convenience, an ebook version is also available for download. To access the guide online and embark on your virtual exploration, simply Click here.

This comprehensive guide is designed to lead you on the right path, ensuring you make the most of your Moab adventure. Discover the countless possibilities and make memories that will last a lifetime. Get your copy of the Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide today and let the excitement begin!

Rock Climbing and Canyoneering

Discover why people from around the world come to experience rock climbing and canyoneering in Moab, Utah. Moab has many professional guides and outfitters to help you find the perfect trip to match your pace and skills. Moab rock climbing and canyoneering are one-of-a-kind adventures you don’t want to miss!


Moab’s beautiful water carved canyons, inaccessible without technical skills, await your discovery. Moab’s experienced canyoneering guides will teach you the skills required for adventurous hikers to explore Utah’s remote red rock canyons. No previous climbing or rappelling experience is required. Anyone who is reasonably fit can experience the adventure of a lifetime. Hire a local guide to expedite an introduction to Moab’s canyoneering areas. A complete list can be found on our Guides & Outfitters page.

Granary Canyon

  • Technical, but what Canyoneering route isn’t?
  • 45 minute drive from Moab
  • 6 rappels (120’, 70’, 60’, 40’, 20’, 200’)
  • 6 miles hiking
  • Located along the Longs Canyon Road off of Hwy 313

Did You Know

The Bureau of Land Management recommends not utilizing the Granary Canyon route from April through August due to Big Horn Sheep in area. (All commercial permits are restricted from utilizing this route from April through the end of August to allow wildlife room to roam.)

Morning Glory

  • 2 rappels (95’ and 120’)
  • 3.5 miles hiking
  • 10 minute drive from Moab
  • Located off of the Sandflats Road


Moab’s Climbing Landscape

With easy access to thousands of routes on hard, high quality sandstone—not to mention soaring red cliffs, out-of-this-world rock formations, and enough variety to keep all levels of climbers engaged, Moab is a must-visit destination on your climbing bucket list. Several of the best-loved climbing areas in the West are just a stone’s throw from downtown Moab. Whether your specialty is splitter cracks, clipping bolts, or desert towers, there’s something in the Moab area for you.

Unfamiliar with Moab?

Hire a local climb guide to expedite an introduction to area routes. A complete list can be found on our Guides & Outfitters.

On Your Own

Wall Street
Located along Hwy 279

River Road Dihedrals


With Children

Moab Climbing
Moab Climbing

Proficiency is paramount supervising children in climbing. Do not expect to climb at adult limits with children. Moab has terrific climbing companies and their familiarity with the region is worth the investment.

School Room

Located on Hwy 279 in the Wall Street vicinity

Ice Cream Parlor

Located on Kane Springs Road

Slabs on Hwy 313

Located 2 miles from Hwy 191 on Hwy 313
Two anchors are set 80 ft up and can be walked to from the left.

Camping Near Climbing Areas

Wall Street

Bureau of Land Management sites Jaycee Park and Williams Bottom Campgrounds are close by on Hwy 279.

River Road Dihedras

Bureau of Land Management sites Goose Island and Granstaff campgrounds are close by on Hwy 128.

The National Parks

Arches National Park

Canyoneering and rock climbing activities in Arches National Park will be actively managed and monitored according to the “August 2013 resulting Climbing and Canyoneering Management Plan”. It is the responsibility of the visitor to be aware of new regulations and updated Superintendent compendiums.

NPS Laws and Policies

While establishment of new routes will be allowed, installation of new fixed gear on new and existing routes will require a free special use permit. In order to minimize resource impacts, the park will actively seek input and assistance from the climbing and canyoneering community in assessing the suitability and quality of new fixed gear placement proposals, and replacement of existing fixed gear.

For details about group limits, obtaining required permits and regulations use the following links.



Canyonlands National Park

Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park has the best quality rock and some established climbing routes. Permits are only required when staying overnight in the backcountry.

Climbing is prohibited into cultural resources, on arches or natural bridges of Canyonlands or the Orange Cliffs Unit adjacent to the MAZE District of Canyonlands. No altering rock by any means. Power tools are prohibited. Colored or Non Marking Chalk is required in the Parks. Be familiar with Regulations and exceptions.

NPS Laws and Policies


Map courtesy of Sharp End Publishing

  • Bouldering across Hwy 128 from Big Bend Campground has been established for visitors with the appropriate gear.
  • Bouldering along the Moab Canyon Pathway north of Arches National Park entrance is park property and prohibited.

Personal Safety

Caution: Extreme weather, becoming lost, and falls are among the possible mishaps. Anticipate these dangers with thorough planning and realistic evaluation of abilities and personal limits.

  • Heat and Sun – Protection from the desert and heat related illnesses can be countered by covering up skin to prevent sunburn and drinking water to prevent dehydration. Muscle cramps could be a sign to drink more water or replenish electrolytes, not just muscle fatigue from climbing. Bring more water than is normally used. To stay hydrated, drink before feeling thirsty. In hot months, avoid direct sun as much as possible.
  • Lightning – The southwest averages 8-10 inches of rainfall a year, however, sometimes that precipitation is torrential and violent. Since lighting hits high points to ground itself climbers should be watchful of weather to avoid this dangerous situation. To learn more visit lightningsafety.com. Also, recognize the signals of flooding so you can reach high ground to get out of canyons.
  • Gear – Know the condition of your equipment, have the skill to use that specialized equipment and replace damaged items. Cam placement in sandstone is tricky. Moab has a number of shops with climbing gear to purchase. For remote access to climbs, have maps, compass and GPS units in working order and the skills to use them. Do not rely on GPS units only. Be aware of your surroundings and have the ability to travel safely.
  • Travel – Leave a general itinerary and include a contingency plan with one or more people. Include trailheads, exit points, if not a map, the names of the maps with grid coordinates, and the phone numbers of the destination’s organizations like land managers – National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management or Sheriff Department to activate Search and Rescue (if it comes to that). Get permits if required for the climbing activity or resulting camping required for more remote access to climbs. Cell phone service is not dependable. Consider utilizing a personal locator beacon like The SPOT Satellite messenger, DeLorme Inreach, or SARLink device to call for help in an emergency situation. However, do not depend solely on this technology.

Minimum Impact Practices

  • Water in the backcountry is scarce and to be protected. Leave potholes undisturbed. Camping 300 feet from water enables wildlife access. Maintain distance away from wildlife. Be quiet around wildlife; keep pets and children under control.
  • Pets are not allowed in the National Park backcountry. Pets may accompany you on Bureau of Land Management lands. For the safety of your pet (there are many shear drop-offs in Canyon Country) and other hikers, pets should be kept under verbal control at all times. For heavily trafficked areas, please pack out pet waste.
  • Admire ruins, artifacts, historic sites from a distance. Do not touch. Tread lightly.
  • Marking up stone surfaces is prohibited and unlawful.
  • Travel on designated roads. Walk on established trails, on rock or in washes. Avoid disturbing vegetation.
  • Pack out your trash. Clean up after less thoughtful users. Use a toilet system that is washable and reusable, necessarily promoting sanitary transfer to sewage treatment facilities, or a toilet EPA approved for disposal in landfills designated for human waste (for example, wag bags). It is prohibited to empty theses toilets and wag bags into vault or flush toilets.
  • Gathering firewood for campfires is prohibited. Campfires are prohibited except in pre-existing fire rings or utilizing an accepted fire pan system comprised of a durable, metal fire pan at least 12-inches wide, with at least a 1.5-inch lip around its outer edge and sufficient to contain fire and remains. Cold coals are to be packed out as trash. Fire blankets under fire pans are recommended to facilitate total ash removal. The desert undergoes fire bans seasonally. Phone 435-259-8825 for an update.
  • Utilize sandstone colored chalk. Or use toothbrushes or Metolius cleaning brushes (no metal brushes, of course!) and clean holds after the climb or bouldering. Consider not using chalk at all. Using brushes can alter existing holds on this fragile sandstone.
  • Climb when the rock is completely dry. Climbing the day after a rain deteriorates the rock. It may take more than two days to dry.
  • Guidebooks on the Moab area can be purchased at Gearheads, Back of Beyond Books, Pagan (Climber) Mountaineering, and the Moab Information Center stores in Moab or online.

Photo courtesy of Hunter Imagery & Moab BASE Adventures

Be Familiar With Regulations

Canyonlands National Park

The largest national park in Utah, with diversity that staggers the imagination.


Canyonlands, Utah’s largest national park, offers an astonishing array of natural wonders. For an easy and rewarding experience, head to the Island in the Sky District, a mere 32 miles (51.5 km) from Moab. Along the paved scenic drive you’ll find numerous pullouts that grant magnificent views of the park and surrounding public lands. Adventurers can also venture into the backcountry using hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads for day trips or overnight stays.

Perched atop a towering 1500-foot mesa, the Island in the Sky truly lives up to its name. With 20 miles (32.2 km) of paved roads, this district unlocks some of the most breathtaking vistas in Canyon Country. From these elevated viewpoints, visitors can often see over 100 miles (161 km) in any direction, revealing panoramic scenes that stretch across thousands of square miles of canyon country. Take a brief day-hike or unwind during a serene late afternoon while basking in the beauty of a sunset. Whether you have a few hours or a few days to spare, the Island in the Sky guarantees an unforgettable experience for the whole family, immersing you in the wonders of Canyon Country.

Distance from Moab
32 miles (51.5km)
Directions from Moab
Take Highway 191 10 miles (16 km) north to Highway 313, and then drive southwest 22 miles (35 km). Driving time to the visitor center from Moab is roughly 40 minutes.
Park Hours
Canyonlands National Park is normally open year-round, 24 hours a day.
Entrance Fee
$30/vehicle – Good for 7 days (Subject to change.)
Visitor Center & Hours

Canyonlands is open year-round, 24 hours a day, however the park visitor centers close for the winter. Call (435) 719-2313 for park information.




Island in the Sky Campground (Willow Flat) has 12 sites, first-come, first-served. The campground is open year-round. The spectacular Green River Overlook is nearby. Nightly camping fee is $15 per site. Sites fill quickly spring through fall. There are toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings in the campground. There are no hookups for RVs and no water at the campground. You can get drinking water outside the visitor center spring through fall.

In addition to the campground located within the park, there is a great selection of additional campgrounds in the surrounding area. Moab has many commercial campgrounds with RV hookups in addition to a huge assortment of BLM public campgrounds in extremely scenic locations. Click here for a complete list of all the camping options available in the Moab area.

Suggested Activities

A Few Hours
Drive the park’s 20 miles (32.2 km) of paved roads and enjoy the spectacular views. Sunrise and sunset are particularly beautiful times of day to enjoy these lofty panoramic views of canyon country.
1/2 Day
Drive the paved scenic drive and hike some of the shorter trails, such as the Mesa Arch or Upheaval Dome Trails. A recent theory suggests that Upheaval Dome was created by a meteor impact.
Full Day
Drive the paved scenic drive and hike some of the longer trails in the park, such as the 5 mile (8 km) round trip Neck Spring Trail. Those with high clearance/4WD vehicles can drive down the Shafer Trail to the White Rim and explore Musselman Arch, or drive all the way down to the Colorado River via Lathrop Canyon. Note that a Day Use Permit is required.
Several Days
Backpackers can experience the solitude of Canyonlands by hiking some of the trails from the mesa top to the White Rim (steep & strenuous) and spend the night in the backcountry. 4-wheel drive enthusiasts or mountain bikers may want to travel the 100 mile “White Rim Trail” which loops below the Island in the Sky mesa. Reservations for White Rim campsites and a Backcountry Permit is required.


Please note that food is not available within the park. The closest restaurants are either in the town of Moab, at Dead Horse Point State Park, or at the dinosaur museum at the intersection of Highways 191 and 313 (entrance fee is not required to access the restaurant).

Park Highlights

Green River Overlook

Green River Overlook

The Green River meanders beneath the Island in the Sky, as seen from the Green River Overlook. A paved walkway leads right up to the overlook.

Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch

A great hike for families with small children, the .5 mi (.8 km) round trip hike to Mesa Arch rewards visitors with a naturally framed view of canyon country.

Shafer Trail

Shafer Trail

The Shafer Trail descends from the Island in the Sky to the White Rim. A high clearance vehicle is strongly recommended. For current conditions check at the visitor center or call 435-259-4351.

Cataract Canyon

Cataract Canyon

Located in Canyonlands National Park, Cataract Canyon contains fourteen miles of rapids ranging in difficulty up to Class V.

Spring Wildflowers

Spring Wildflowers

Indian Paintbrush are just one of the many wildflowers that populate the Island in the Sky in the Spring (April-June).

Night Sky

Night Sky

Canyonlands National Park, which contains some of the darkest night skies in North America, is a popular destination for stargazers. Click here for the latest sunrise/sunset and moon phase information for Moab.



Canyonlands is famous for its mountain biking terrain, particularly for the 100-mile White Rim Road at the Island in the Sky. The Maze also offers some multi-day trip possibilities, though the logistics and roads are more difficult (for the support vehicles, not the bikes).

The Rivers

The Rivers

The Colorado and Green rivers wind through the heart of Canyonlands, cutting through layered sandstone to form two deep canyons. Both rivers are calm upstream of the Confluence, ideal for canoes, kayaks and other shallow water craft. Below the Confluence, the combined flow of both rivers spills down Cataract Canyon with remarkable speed and power, creating a world-class stretch of white water.

Biological Soil Crust

Your help is crucial in preserving our trails and protecting the fragile soil that sustains the desert ecosystem. The biological soil crust, also known as cryptobiotic soil, serves as the foundation for desert plant life. This unique black, knobby crust is composed of diverse living organisms and plays a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of the desert environment.

However, this soil crust is exceptionally delicate and can take several decades to regenerate. Even a single footstep can cause irreparable damage that can persist for years, impacting the entire ecosystem. We urge you to stay on designated roads, routes, and trails to ensure the preservation of this fragile life. In areas where hiking trails are not established, it is advisable to hike on sandy washes or bare rock surfaces to minimize the impact on the soil.

By remaining vigilant and adhering to these guidelines, you contribute to the long-term sustainability of the desert ecosystem and help safeguard its natural beauty for generations to come. Let’s work together to keep all of our trails open and protect the invaluable biological soil crust.


The Island in the Sky offers a wide variety of hiking trails ranging from short 30 minute walks on the mesa top, to overnight expeditions all the way down to the Colorado River.

Trails are marked with cairns (small rock piles). Please do not disturb existing cairns or build new ones. Signs are located at trailheads and intersections. All trails leading below the Mesa Top are primitive and rough; carry and know how to use a topographic map. No potable water is available along any of the hiking trails. During the warmest months always carry at least one gallon of water per person, per day.

Mesa Top – Easy Trails




Elev. Change

Mesa Arch

0.5mi / 0.8km

30 minutes

100ft / 30m

Mornings are best – Beautiful Arch on cliff edge.

Murphy Point

1.3mi / 1.9km

1 hour

100ft / 30m

Panoramic view with Henry Mountains.

White Rim Overlook

1.5mi / 2.0km

1 hour

25ft / 8m

View of potholes & White Rim Road.

Grand View Point

2.0mi / 3.0km

1.5 hours

50ft / 15m

Panoramic view along cliff edge.

Mesa Top – Moderate Trails




Elev. Change

Neck Spring

5.0mi / 8.0km

3 – 4 hours

300ft / 91m

Springs – Evidence of ranching

Aztec Butte

2.0mi / 3.0km

1.5 hours

225ft / 69m

Steep slickrock to top – Granaries.

Whale Rock

1.0mi / 1.5km

1 hour

100ft / 30m

Bare slickrock – Good views.

Upheaval Dome to Main Overlook

1.0mi / 1.5km

30 minutes

50ft / 15m

View into crater

Upheaval Dome to Second Overlook

2.0mi / 3.0km

45 minutes

200ft / 61m

View of crater & upheaval canyon

Mesa Top to White Rim – Steep & Strenuous Trails




Elev. Change

Lathrop to White Rim Road

10mi / 16km

5- 7 hours

1600ft / 488m

Views of Colorado River & La Sal Mountains

Lathrop to Colorado River

17mi / 27km


2000ft / 610m

River access – Cottonwoods

Murphy Loop

9mi / 14km

5 – 7 hours

1400ft / 427m

Panoramic view from hogback.


6mi / 10km

4-6 Hours


Views of cliffs & La Sal Mountains.


10mi / 16km

6 – 8 hours

1600ft / 488m

Slot canyon across White Rim Road.

Alcove Spring

10mi / 16km

6 – 7 hours

1300ft / 396m

Large alcove, views of Taylor Canyon.

Syncline Loop

8mi / 13km

5 – 7 hours

1300ft / 396m

Canyon hiking – some shade.

Syncline Loop: Upheaval Crater Spur

3mi / 4km

2 hours

350ft / 107m

Some scrambling over rocks.

Syncline Loop: Upheaval Canyon Spur

6mi / 10km

2 – 3 hours

400ft / 122m

Sandy hike along wash bottom.


With hundreds of miles of four-wheel-drive roads, Canyonlands offers ideal terrain for multi-night mountain bike trips. Most groups travel with vehicle support to haul water and gear since there are few reliable water sources along these roads. For the truly adventurous, self-supported trips with panniers and trailers are also possible. Bikes must remain on designated roads: there are no single-track trails in the park.

Things to Know

  • Overnight Trips: You must have a permit for all overnight trips.
  • Day Trips: You must have a permit for day trips on White Rim, Elephant Hill, Lavender Canyon, and Peekaboo/Horse Canyon roads.
    Groups must camp in designated sites.
  • Reservations for White Rim campsites are very competitive. You may have to make a reservation up to four months in advance.
  • There are no shoulders or bike lanes. Be aware of passing vehicles.

Where Can I Ride My Bike?

You can ride a bicycle on any public roadway in the park. Some roads are better for cycling than others. Check at visitor centers for recommendations and road conditions.

Paved Roads

You can ride on paved roads at the Island in the Sky. You must must ride single file. There are no road shoulders or bike lanes; please be aware of passing vehicles.

Backcountry Roads

Canyonlands is famous for its mountain biking terrain, particularly for the 100-mile White Rim Road at Island in the Sky. The 100-mile White Rim Road loops around and below the Island in the Sky mesa top and provides expansive views of the surrounding area. Bicycle trips usually take three to four days. Overnight and day-use permits are required.

Do I Need a Permit?

  • Day Use: If you’re taking a day trip on the White Rim, Elephant Hill, Lavender Canyon, or Peekaboo/Horse Canyon roads, you need a day-use permit.
  • Overnight: If you’re going on an overnight trip, you need an overnight permit.

During the spring and fall, demand for permits frequently exceeds the number available. If you plan to visit Canyonlands during peak season, especially to bike and camp along the White Rim Road, we recommend making reservations well in advance. You can reserve overnight permits up to four months in advance of the start of your trip. Day-use permits are available up to 24 hours in advance of your trip.

Mountain bike groups must travel single-file, remain on established roads, and camp in designated sites. There is no single-track riding in the park. We recommend a support vehicle for all multi-day bike trips: there are no water sources along most of the roads. Guided trips are available for many destinations within Canyonlands.

Electronic Bicycles (e-bikes)

On August 30, 2019 the National Park Service announced a new electric bicycle (e-bike) policy for national parks, expanding recreational opportunities and accessibility. The policy supports Secretary’s Order 3376, signed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on August 29, 2019, that directs Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus to create a clear and consistent e-bike policy on all federal lands managed by the Department.

Beginning October 1, 2019, visitors to Southeast Utah Group parks (Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments) will be allowed to use e-bikes where traditional bicycles are allowed. Bicycles and e-bikes are allowed on paved and unpaved roads that are open to the public. Bicycles and e-bikes are not allowed on any trails in the parks.

There are no charging stations in the parks. Generators are not allowed in the backcountry. This change in e-bike policy applies to private and commercial use in the parks.

The National Park Service announcement and the agency’s new e-bike policy are available online at www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/ebikepolicy.htm.


Canyonlands is a paradise for photographers. Under conditions of constantly changing light, the varicolored landscape provides limitless photographic opportunities. Often, the difference between an average photograph and an exceptional photograph is good lighting. Low sun angles at sunrise and sunset can add brilliant color to the rock. Scattered clouds can also add depth to an image and a passing storm can provide extremely dramatic lighting.


Canyonlands Natural History Association

Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA) is a nonprofit organization assisting the National Park Service in its educational, interpretive and scientific programs throughout southeast Utah. Known as a "cooperating association," CNHA’s goals include enhancing visitors’ understanding and appreciation of public lands by providing a selection of quality, educational materials for sale in many vistor centers. Twenty percent of these sales is returned to the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies.

CNHA operates the bookstore at Arches Visitor Center.

Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks

The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks: Bates Wilson Legacy Fund provides direct support to Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments in order to enhance existing projects in these spectacular areas, and to conserve the land and its cultural treasures for present and future generations to enjoy.

This mission honors the legendary work of Superintendent Bates Wilson, who came to Arches in 1949, inspiring and leading the effort that resulted in the establishment of Canyonlands National Park in 1964. The Friends Group offices are in the Rock House behind Arches Visitor Center, where Bates once lived with his family.

Be Prepared For Moab


Moab’s wilderness environs are undeniably beautiful, but they can also be incredibly unforgiving. With scorching temperatures, rough terrain, and extreme remoteness, coupled with the danger of underestimating supplies and overestimating abilities, many visitors have unfortunately found themselves in precarious situations. Even the most diligent precautions may not always be enough when faced with the unpredictable nature of the desert.

Fortunately, the Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) team is comprised of a highly trained group of compassionate and professional volunteers. They have formed specialized units to tackle the diverse rescue challenges presented by the rugged canyon country surrounding Moab. The GCSAR team undergoes extensive general training, as well as additional training for their specialized units, to ensure that they are always ready to perform at their best during what may be the worst times for those in need.

How NOT to Get Rescued in Moab

Drink Water
Use a Map

Tips from Grand County Search and Rescue

Preparation Is The Key! If you would like to minimize your chances of requiring emergency assistance, here are a few things you can do.

Take clothing layers for extreme temperature changes
Be prepared for temperature extremes. At certain times of the year, it can get cold almost instantly at sunset. Even if you do not plan to be out after dark, take insulating clothing and gear that will help you survive in case you happen to get off the trail or are delayed for any reason. In colder months, take a jacket and/or windbreaker, a hat, gloves, proper footwear, a reflective emergency blanket, etc. Clothing is just as important during the hotter months. A lightweight, long-sleeve shirt and a hat can help you stay cool. Carry sunglasses and sunscreen too.

Take LOTS of water
If you think you have enough water, you probably don’t. Take more. A basic rule of thumb is a gallon per person per day. You may need even more, depending on the time of year. You may only plan to be out for a few hours, but plan on the unplanned. Take extra water. Electrolyte replacement is also essential, so take powdered or liquid electrolytes or something salty.

Take food
Adventure requires energy. Maintain your energy levels with adequate food. Salty foods such as trail mix or energy bars are good choices.

Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back
Do not change your itinerary without updating this person. The first place we will look if you are reported overdue is on the trail that you are supposed to be on.

Know your location
Research and study your planned route. Know how to navigate with a good map and compass and/or a GPS. Practice with each. Do not rely on cell phone or tablet navigation apps that require cell service to function. Cell service is notoriously bad in many areas of Grand County. If you do become lost or disoriented, don’t compound the problem by trying to get un-lost. Stay where you are.

Know your skill and fitness level
Check guidebooks for typical riding and hiking times. Then to be safe, double those times. While some experts may be able to do a certain trail in 3 hours, most people might require 6 or 7 hours to do the same trail. Be honest in assessing your skill and fitness levels. Some of Grand County’s trails can be extremely difficult, even for experts.

Take a light
Even if you plan to be back well before dark, take a headlamp or flashlight and extra batteries. Once it gets dark, do not attempt to travel without illumination. The consequences could be deadly.

Take a fire starter
Carry the means to start and sustain an emergency fire. There are many ways to start a fire. Carry a lighter, waterproof matches, or some type of fire starting kit. A knife can aid in carving kindling.

Take a cell phone
Even though cell service is a hit-and-miss proposition in this area, cell phones have helped Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) save numerous lives. Make sure your battery is fully charged and leave the phone off unless absolutely necessary. If you call 911, we should automatically get coordinates for your location if you stay on the phone for about a minute. Sometimes, texting can work in areas where voice service does not. If you are unable to connect via 911, try texting a friend to call 911. Cell phones usually work if you are up on a mesa, but do not work well down in the canyons.

Carry first aid supplies
Accidents happen. Be prepared with at least a basic first aid kit that contains different types of bandages and gauze, adhesive tape, and a method to cleanse a wound.

Know the Weather
Check the forecast before you go out. Pay attention to the weather during the day. In summer months, recreate during the cooler hours earlier or later in the day. Watch for lightning and listen for thunder, especially during Monsoon Season (July through September.) Avoid slot canyons and drainages when thunderstorms are in the area or even miles up the drainage. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. During the winter, avalanche danger in the La Sal Mountains can be extreme. Check the forecast before venturing out: utahavalanchecenter.org/advisory/moab

Wear a Life Jacket
If you are swimming or boating, wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). The Colorado and Green Rivers can appear deceptively calm. Visitors have been caught in strong and invisible undercurrents near shorelines and pulled farther out into the river than they originally planned to swim. NEVER try to swim across the river without a PFD. It’s wider than it looks.

Camping Regulations

Know Local Camping Regulations

Within 20 miles of Moab, camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds. A list of developed campgrounds is available here.

Dispersed (Primitive) camping is available in a few areas outside of Moab. Click here for a map of allowed areas. The following regulations apply to all primitive sites:

Moab Attractions

The Holidays in Moab

Things To Do in Moab

In Moab, hikers set beneath a sandstone arch to watch the sunrise illuminate the sandstone desert. Mountain bikers ride out of town on pathways leading to some of the world’s greatest trail networks, river runners raft the world-renowned stretch of the Colorado River near Moab, and artists lay eyes upon some of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts. No matter what brings you to Moab, adventure awaits. 

Find Your Adventure


Surrounded by two national parks, a state park, and seemingly endless stretches of public land, Moab has no shortage of hiking trails. Some wind through patches of light sand and sagebrush, some are a slickrock scramble, and others follow a river or creek beneath towering canyon walls. Depending on which trail calls to you, you may end up at the base of a famous landmark like Delicate Arch, or you may find solitude in some of the biggest stretches of undeveloped land anywhere in the U.S.

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Hiking in Moab

Mountain Biking

In 1969 Richard Wilson designed a route that would lead motorcyclists along a 10 mile loop through valleys of slickrock and up short, punchy climbs. It didn’t take long for mountain bikers to venture out on the Slickrock Loop, which is now one of the most popular trails in the area. Since then, thanks to an ever growing network of trails that wind through some of the most unique mountain biking terrain anywhere in the world, Moab has become a bucket-list destination for mountain bikers.

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River Rafting

If you plan to visit Moab during the warmer months, river rafting should be near the top of your to-do list. The winding Colorado River has everything from sections of calm, paddle board friendly water to Class V rapids where the Colorado meets the Green River in Canyonlands National Park. There are quick, one-day routes like The Moab Daily, or multi-day ventures like a 5-day excursion through Desolation Canyon. To start planning your trip, get in touch with one of Moab’s local river rafting guides.

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Colorado River Rafting

Visit the Parks

Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park are all only about half an hour outside of downtown Moab. That means in a few days time you can explore the largest concentration of natural arches in the world, gaze upon the desolate Maze district, and visit one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the U.S. Even though the parks are all accessible in a day’s time, you could spend countless trips seeing all that the parks have to offer.

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For many, Moab is a natural oasis. One where travelers can look upwards from their camp to clear dark skies where stars are not hidden behind the polluting light of nearby development. It’s a place where your family can gather around a campfire and share stories at a glamping resort. There are plenty of ways, and places, to camp in Moab. Set up a basecamp in either of the national parks for early access to the trails and overlooks, book a night at one of the many camping resorts, or find your own site in the surrounding BLM land.

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Moab Camping

Events & Art

After an evening spent in town it’s apparent how inspired, artistic, and passionate the locals of Moab are. Outdoor art exhibits are shown at nearly every street corner, and concerts, festivals and other events are almost always within reach. Yearly events like the Moab Folk Festival and Scots on the Rocks are a great way to experience Moab’s strong sense of community, a community that knows the importance of protecting their home so everyone can enjoy it for years to come. So, during your next vacation plan to save an evening for an art stroll or an event, and remember to Do It Like a Local.

Upcoming Events…
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Protect & Preserve Moab

Moab is one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet. From deep canyons to towering mountains, from breathtaking red rock landscapes to raging rivers, it guarantees astonishing vistas at every turn.  Protecting and preserving this precious area for future generations is essential.  When visiting, always stay on the trails, leave historic sites and rock art untouched, respect wildlife and always pack out what you pack in.

Recreate With Respect

More Activities in Moab

Arches National Park

Scenic Byway U-313

Dead Horse Mesa Scenic Byway


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).

Accessibility in Moab

Accessible Park Trails and Facilities

Arches National Park

These areas are accessible to wheelchairs. All toilets in the park are accessible. Some trails are considered barrier free, which may contain minor obstacles, steeper grades, temporary washouts, and may require assistance. Rain and snow may cause ruts or other obstacles on the trail.

  • Park Avenue Viewpoint – Flat, paved surface to a viewpoint.
  • Balanced Rock – Flat, paved surface alongside Balanced Rock ends at a viewpoint.
  • Balanced Rock Picnic Area – Picnic area is paved. Toilets are across a gravel road. Toilets are accessible.
  • The Windows Trail – First 100 yards is flat, hardened surface and is considered barrier free. Nearby toilets, along a paved surface, are accessible.
  • Double Arch Trail – Relatively flat, hard-packed trail is considered barrier free.
  • Panorama Point – Viewpoint, picnic area, and stargazing area have paved surfaces. Toilets are accessible. Benches are available.
  • Delicate Arch Viewpoint – Viewpoint has a flat, packed gravel surface. Picnic area and sidewalks are paved. Toilets are accessible.
  • Wolfe Ranch – Path to Wolfe Ranch and petroglyph panel are flat with a gravel surface. Toilets are accessible.
  • Devils Garden Campground Amphitheater – Paved path connects parking area to the amphitheater with a view of Skyline Arch.
  • Devils Garden – Trail to Landscape Arch has a hard-packed surface and is considered barrier free, however the trail has steep slopes and may require assistance. Picnic area and trailhead have paved surfaces and accessible toilets.

Canyonlands National Park – Island in the Sky District

Canyonlands National Park has several areas that are accessible for people with physical or mobility disabilities. The road at Island in the Sky passes many accessible viewpoints and facilities.

Programs and Tours

  • Geology talks are offered at Grand View Point. A paved sidewalk leads from the parking lot to the program location, which is located off the sidewalk on a gravel surface. Seating on large boulders is available. Accessible toilets are nearby.
  • Rangers offer patio talks on the front porch of Island in the Sky Visitor Center. The area is paved and accessible to wheelchairs. Accessible toilets are nearby.


Island in the Sky Campground has one accessible campsite and nearby pit toilet. The campsite is reserved at all times for people with disabilities only. The campsite is paved with the exception of the tent pad, which is dirt. Paths to the toilet and campsite payment station are paved.

Trails and Facilities

These overlooks are accessible for people using a wheelchair:

  • Buck Canyon Overlook
  • Green River Overlook
  • Grand View Point Overlook
  • All toilets at Island in the Sky are accessible.

Dead Horse Point State Park

  • Wheelchair Accessible Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible Visitor Center/Gift Shop with Elevator for Access to All Floors
  • Designated Wheelchair Accessible Parking Spaces
  • Wheelchair Accessible Pathways at Scenic Vistas Around Park
  • Wheelchair Accessible Viewpoint at Dead Horse Point
  • Designated Wheelchair Accessible Reservable Campsite
  • Wheelchair Accessible Day Use Pavilions
  • Wheelchair Accessible Yurt
  • Braille Astronomy Materials for Star Party and Dark Sky Program Attendees

Guided Tours for Wheelchair Users

The presence of a wheelchair poses no obstacle to experiencing the remarkable backcountry surrounding Moab, thanks to the expertise of one of Moab’s seasoned guide companies. With their expert guidance, everyone, regardless of mobility challenges, can partake in the exploration of the spectacular public lands nestled in and around our national parks. An experienced guide plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the awe-inspiring scenery is accessible to all, turning the potential limitation of a wheelchair into an opportunity for inclusive and enriching adventures in the stunning landscapes of Moab.

For more information regarding wheelchair friendly tours, visit Big Iron Tours.

Places like the National Ability Center can help people of all ability levels access the best of Moab’s outdoor recreational activities. Learn more about the National Ability Center at discovernac.org

State of Utah

  • If you are looking for accessible adventures throughout the state of Utah, check the Utah Office of Tourism’s Accessible Utah page.

Visit Like a Moab Local

Visit Like a Moab Local

Moab locals have it figured out. They know the best rides, the best routes, the best places to hike and camp and eat—and a few other important things about the right way to enjoy the desert. While the Utah desert seems like a rugged place, you might be surprised to learn its environment is more sensitive than you might expect. To make sure everybody has the chance to enjoy our little slice of paradise for generations to come, residents of Moab are taking steps toward sustainability with the Moab First Sustainable Tourism Program. When you visit Moab, do it like a local by keeping the following tips in mind.

Stay on the Trail

Canyon Hikers

While the desert soil may look unassuming, it’s actually teeming with life. Biological soil crust (also known as cryptobiotic soil) is a major part of the desert ecosystem, and helps prevent erosion as well as trap nitrogen and other plant-friendly nutrients in the soil. Cryptobiotic soil is also incredibly sensitive, and can take decades to recover from even a few footsteps breaking through the crust. When you visit Moab, make sure to stay on established trails and roads—and if established routes aren’t available, do your best to walk through dry creek beds or on bare rock.

Leave No Trace

Most people with a conscience already know not to litter up the great outdoors, but there’s more to Leave No Trace than just packing out all your trash and recyclables. Due to high use, human waste is a serious health issue at dispersed camping sites. All solid waste must be packed out in approved waste bags or portable toilet systems. These may be purchased at the Moab Information Center and local outdoor retailers. When picking a campsite, use a pre-existing spot rather than placing your tent on top of vegetation, and make sure to stay at least 300 feet from water to avoid scaring animals away from critical sources of hydration. And speaking of wildlife, make sure to give them plenty of room in general—keep pets leashed, and teach children never to chase, approach, or pick up wild animals.

Respect the Rocks

Moab and the surrounding areas are home to an incredible number of ruins, artifacts, and ancient rock art. While it can be tempting to get up close and personal, make sure to admire from a distance—and look, but don’t touch. We want to keep these pieces of ancient history around for many years to come—so stay out of ruins, leave any artifacts you find in place, and encourage others to do the same, so everyone can appreciate the wonder of ancient civilizations well into the future.

Bring Your Own Bags

Bring Your Own Bags

Starting in January 2019, the city of Moab enacted a ban on single-use plastic bags. It’s part of Moab’s efforts to help curb the use of disposable plastic products. Besides being a major litter problem, plastic bags also tend to make their way into waterways and oceans where they can harm animals, as the plastic bits don’t biodegrade even as they become divided into tiny pieces. Remember to bring your own reusable bags for any grocery or souvenir shopping, or pick one up at a local shop.

Drive Electric

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

As part of its new sustainability strategy, Moab now features 10 electric-vehicle charging stations located throughout the city, as well as four additional Tesla supercharging stations that can charge Tesla vehicles halfway in about 20 minutes. A recent study by the Utah Department of Transportation estimates an average of 13,000 vehicles at the intersection of Moab’s Main and Center streets—if even a small fraction of those cars were electric, we could save hundreds of thousands of pounds of air pollution every year.

Eat & Shop Local

Downtown Moab

Another great way to visit Moab like a local is supporting local businesses that have made a commitment to sustainability. Keep an eye out for businesses with a Green to Gold sign—the Green to Gold program is a city-sponsored initiative encouraging establishments to take simple steps to reduce their environmental impact. In the summer of 2018 alone, Green to Gold businesses in Moab saved over 850,000 kWh—the same amount of energy used by 136 cars over the course of an entire year, or the annual CO2 emissions from 68 homes.

With these six tips in mind, you’ll be helping the cause of keeping Moab an amazing destination (and an amazing place to live) for years to come. For more helpful Moab insider info or to start planning your trip, visit doitlikealocalmoab.com

Arches National Park

Memorial Day Weekend

Tips for an enjoyable visit.

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Prepare for Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Visitors can expect long lines at park entrance gates during Memorial Day weekend.

Arches and Canyonlands national parks are preparing for a busy Memorial Day weekend, and are advising visitors to expect heavy traffic, crowded trails, and limited parking.

“Memorial Day weekend is typically our busiest weekend of the year,” said Superintendent Kate Cannon. “We recommend patience and flexibility for visitors planning a trip to the parks.”

Visitors arriving at the parks between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. should expect long lines at park entrance gates that could last up to an hour. Parking lots and trails inside the parks will be very crowded. If the parks become full, staff may delay vehicles from entering the park until space opens to accommodate more people and vehicles.

“We want these entry delays to be as short as possible. To avoid being caught in a delay, we recommend people come to the parks early in the morning or late in the afternoon,” Cannon said.

Park rangers ask that vehicles waiting in line at the entrance gate keep pace with traffic in the line and have payment ready. Credit cards are preferred. Current pass holders and returning visitors should have passes and identification ready. There are no toilet facilities or drinking water along park entrance roads.

When the park is full, we may temporarily delay entry into the park. These delayed entries would likely occur late morning or early afternoon. We may need two or three hours until conditions ease before we resume normal operations. During the peak time of the day, consider visiting one of the many nearby attractions in the Moab area (see below).

Visitors should plan for their safety by packing water and snacks and wearing sturdy shoes and sun protection.

Visitors are encouraged to check the parks’ websites or Twitter accounts for current entrance gate information and road conditions prior to leaving for their visit.



Arches National Park Webcams

The webcams below provide views from either end of the Arches National Park entrance road. Traffic may back up between the entrance station and US 191 causing delays of up to an hour.

Arches National Park Entrance Road

Highway 191 near Arches National Park Entrance Road.

Activities Outside of the National Parks

Hiking Trails

The Corona Arch trail leads to one of the most impressive arches in the entire Moab area.

The Moab area contains a large number of pet friendly trails on public lands to suit any experience level. From cool stream-side hikes to spectacular sandstone arches, the Moab area is full of exciting day-hikes suitable for the entire family. What follows is just a taste of what Moab has to offer.

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Dinosaur Field Trip

Dinosaurs contemplate mountain biking in Moab.

With so many dinosaur resources in one place, Moab is the perfect place to design your own Family Dinosaur Field Trip!

Start your Dinosaur Field Trip in downtown Moab, at the Museum of Moab. Check out a full cast skeleton of Gastonia one of the armored dinosaurs that lived in this area during the Early Cretaceous. The museum also features numerous dinosaur displays, including a cast of the leg of the terrifying Utahraptor.

Continue your journey at Paleosafari Moab Giants, where you can journey back through time with a 3D cinema introducing you to the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. You can also make your own tracks on a half mile hiking trail populated with state-of the art life-size dinosaurs! The Tracks Museum features interactive learning touch screens, games to play, and visually stunning exhibits that not only fascinate, but educate.

After learning about the dinosaur species that once walked these lands, continue north of Moab to one or more of the Moab Dinosaur Sites. A variety of hiking trails will take you to some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks and bones in the country.

Rock Art

Birthing Scene

The Moab area has numerous examples of Indian rock art to enjoy. This page briefly discusses some types, dates, the artists and their cultures and how to take care of these irreplaceable sites. Directions are included to a number of sites which allow you to sample some of the easily accessible ancient rock art in the Moab area. All sites are accessible with a passenger car and a short walk!

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Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point provides the same type of views you would experience in Canyonlands National Park.

32 miles (51.5 km) from Moab, Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Utah’s most spectacular state parks. The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, the overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands’ sculpted pinnacles and buttes. 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 from the desert below.

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Scenic Byways

View of Fisher Towers from along Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-128)

The Moab area is blessed with three State Scenic Byways. State Scenic Byways help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Every trip to Moab should include a drive along at least one byway, although driving all three is great way to spend a relaxing day.

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Mountain Biking

Moab Brands Focus Area

Welcome to the home of the greatest mountain biking on the planet! Moab offers a huge variety of trails for mountain bikers of any experience level, from beginners looking for a scenic ride through beautiful canyons and mesa tops, to seasoned bikers looking for the ultimate challenge. Moab is well known for the world famous, and highly technical, Slickrock Bike Trail. This challenging 9.6 mile trail is considered by many to be the ultimate mountain biking experience. Moab, however, also contains a huge assortment of scenic biking trails of all difficulty levels.

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Sand Flats Recreation Area

Sand Flats Recreation Area

The Sand Flats Recreation Area near Moab, Utah is a nationally significant public lands treasure at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. A high plain of slick rock domes, bowls and fins, it rises in the east to meet the colorful mesas and nearly 13,000 foot peaks of the La Sal Mountains. Sand Flats’ famous Slickrock and Porcupine Rim bike trails and almost 40 miles of jeep trails are world-renowned for their combination of challenge and awesome scenery. Sand Flats is also popular for camping. Over 100,000 visitors enjoy this 9,000-acre recreation area annually.

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River Activities

Paddle Boarding on the Colorado River

While our area is known for its family oriented whitewater trips on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River, there are wilder single and multi-day trips available in Westwater Canyon. Additionally, canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards are the perfect way to explore the calm water segments of the Colorado. Individuals or groups may raft the river on their own or with a professional river outfitter.

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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. It will be going to press in a few months however the FREE eBook version is available right now! Click here to view the Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide online.

La Sal Mountains in Winter

Mountainbiking, Wandern und gutes Essen: Moabs Wintersaison

Moab, Utah, ist eines meiner Lieblingsreiseziele – eine landschaftlich reizvolle Gegend und aufregende Abenteuer. Während es das ganze Jahr über Besucher hierher zieht, ist der Winter eine magische Jahreszeit für einen Besuch. Ich wollte schon immer mal gerne das rote Felsenland im Winter sehen und ich freute mich darüber, was ich auf bei meinem Dezemberbesuch in Moab sonst noch erlebt habe.

Arches National Park in Winter

Entgehe den Massen

Wenn du ähnlich bist wie ich, bist du wohl auch schon mehr als einmal in Moab gewesen, hast versucht einen Campingplatz zu ergattern und gehofft, dass du schaffst ikonische Fotos zu knipsen, ohne anderen Personen, die dir ins Bild laufen. Im Winter verwandelt sich Moab jedoch in ein friedliches Paradies, ohne Verkehr in der Stadt und die vielen Menschen, die in die Parks fahren. Sei nicht überrascht, wenn du die/der Einzige auf dem Weg bist, und sei bereit, Umgang mit den Einheimischen zu bekommen. Es ist eine wunderbare Jahreszeit für einen Besuch!

Moab Area in Winter

Lass dich von der Landschaft beeindrucken

Wie ich bereits erwähnt habe, wollte ich schon immer eine Schneedecke über Moab sehen. Der Schnee setzte nicht nur einen Kontrast zu dem roten Felsen darunter, sondern betonte auch die Konturen des Felsens und brachte eine schöne Definition hervor. Die La Sal Mountains in der Ferne waren das Sahnehäubchen. Dies war die perfekte Gelegenheit, einige einzigartige Landschaftsfotos zu machen!

Dead Horse Point Winter Sunset

Dead Horse Point Winter Hiker

Fahre Mountainbike

Das ist Moab, die Abenteuerhauptstadt der USA! Sogar 2 Tage nachdem es geschneit hatte, gab es noch einen Trail, auf dem wir Mountainbiken konnten: der Slickrock Trail. In dieser Landschaft, die mit ihren „versteinerten“ Sanddünen wie aus einer anderen Welt erscheint,  rollten wir über den glatten Felsen. Ein Einheimischer auf dem Wanderweg sagte mir, dass an einem typischen Sommertag der Parkplatz voll ist und man überall Mountainbiker sehen kann. Ein Dezember-Tag? Nur 3 Autos! Mehrere Fahrradläden bleiben im Winter geöffnet, um Ausrüstung zu verleihen, ein Fahrrad zu checken oder einen Trail zu empfehlen.

Slickrock Bike Trail in Winter


Der Dead Horse Point State Park sollte auf keiner Reise nach Moab fehlen. Der Colorado River weit unten biegt scharf ab und verschwindet im Land der Canyons. Rund 11 km unbeschwerte Wanderwege führen dich entlang des Rims und bieten einen Blick über den Colorado River in Richtung La Sal Mountains, sowie über die vielen dazwischen liegenden Schluchten. Bei der höheren Höhenlage liegt wahrscheinlich Schnee auf den Wanderwegen, der jedoch aufgrund der Lage relativ schnell schmilzt. Auch bei diesem Schatz Utahs gibt es kaum Menschen, geschweige denn Menschenmengen, in der Winterzeit.

Dead Horse Point Winter Hiking

Iss gut … wirklich gut

Viele Geschäfte in Moab sind für den Winter geschlossen, aber es gibt immer noch viele Läden, die für Wintertouristen zur Verfügung stehen. Wir haben gesunde Müslischalen im Love Muffin gegessen und thailändische Spezialitäten im Singha Thai (auf jeden Fall ein beliebtes Lokal bei den Bewohnern). Abends haben wir es uns gut gehen lassen im Antica Forma mit Holzofen-Pizzen mit hausgemachtem Käse, Teig und hausgemachter Soße und zuvor mit frischen Vorspeisen, begleitet von Craft-Cocktails im La Sal House. Wir haben was das gute Essen betrifft, auf dieser Reise keine Möglichkeit ausgelassen!

Dining in Moab