Hiking Trails

Trough Springs TrailheadThe following trails are managed for hiking use: Hunter Canyon, Fisher Towers, Corona Arch, Jewel Tibbetts Arch, Amphitheater Loop,Copper Ridge Sauropod Trackway Interpretive Trail, Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail, Negro Bill Canyon, the Ken's Lake hiking trail system,Trough Springs Trail and the Windwhistle Nature Trail. While the Hidden Valley Trail and the Portal Trail are marked and maintained as hiking trails, bicycle use is also allowed.

We have added three new hiking trails to our website: Longbow Arch, Stairmaster and the Sylvester Hiking and Equestrian Trail.

The trails described here are all located near Moab. The closest trailhead to town is about 2 miles from downtown, while the farthest away is 23 miles. All of the trails are suitable for half-day outings. The Hidden Valley and Moab Rim Trails can be combined for a longer one-way hike. The close proximity to Moab of these trails make them ideal for lower temperature morning and after-dinner walks during the warmer months. Many of the mountain bike trails are suitable for hiking, especially in the off-season when bikes are scarce.

Copper Ridge Dinosaur Stomping Ground Corona Arch Portal Overlook Stairmaster Poison Spider Bench Longbow Arch Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracks Jewell Tibbetts Arch Amphitheater Loop Fisher Towers Sylvester Grandstaff Trough Springs Canyon Hunter Canyon Hidden Valley Ken's Lake Jeep Arch Poison Spider Bench Hidden Valley Trough Springs Canyon

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Cairns, stacks of flat rocks, are often used in canyon country to mark the location of trails and hiking routes. Cairns, especially over slickrock areas, are normally placed at intervals along or at places where a route makes a turn. Visitors will find cairns used to mark the route along some of these trails.


  • Stick to marked trails
  • Keep children under control near cliffs
  • Lock your vehicle and place valuables out of sight
  • Do not drink untreated water  

Suggested Equipment for Hiking in the Moab area

  • drinking water, at least 1 quart per person (adequate for short, part-day hikes)
  • food
  • boots, tennis or running shoes with rubbery soles (adequate for short slickrock and stream hikes)
  • hiking shorts, T-shirt, and wind shirt
  • sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • route map or trail guide
  • first-aid kit
  • insect repellent (in the summer and early fall)
  • day pack

Visit the Canyonlands Natural History Association website
 to purchase maps and books of the area.

Minimum Impact Practices

Backcountry Safety Tips