Everybody knows that the famous national parks near Moab, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, offer excellent hiking opportunities. But Moab also offers lots of excellent trails with the same spectacular scenery — without the crowds or entrance fees.
To help you choose a hike outside the parks, we’ve selected a few of the best. As always, be prepared for desert hiking conditions with extra water, sunscreen and sun hats, and a good map or GPS unit.
Hidden Valley Trail | 4 miles
A steep hike leads to a hidden valley high above Moab and Spanish Valley. After climbing quickly to the valley, the trail traverses it below gorgeous, towering cliffs. Great hike for those seeking solitude.
Fisher Towers Trail | 5.2 miles
A maze of soaring sandstone towers surrounds you on this moderate hike to a high ridge above Onion Creek. Great hike for those who enjoy awesome views.
Dinosaur Tracks Trail | 0.2 mile
Families with dinosaur enthusiasts (of all ages) will enjoy this interesting short hike to a large boulder with dinosaur tracks above the Colorado River. This hike is ideal for small children.
Corona Arch | 3 miles
This excellent hike above the Colorado River Canyon leads to three arches, including Corona Arch, one of the largest arches in the Moab area. Excellent hike for those who want to enjoy arches far from the crowds in Arches National Park.
Hunter Canyon Trail | 3.4 miles
This excellent out-and-back trail leads up a canyon lined with towering sandstone cliffs. This hike offers awesome scenery and lots of solitude away from the national parks.
Grandstaff Trailhead (Formerly Negro Bill Canyon) | 4 miles
A journey into this small desert canyon is not terribly difficult, and along the trail you will find a clear stream running year-round, as well as the magnificent Morning Glory Natural Bridge.