Trail Blazing | Hiking & Biking
It would be entirely possible to spend all your vacation time on the trail. Both Arches and Canyonlands are within easy reach of Moab, and between the two of them you are spoiled for choice. Here are some of our favorites:
Grand View Point (2-miles roundtrip)
This is probably the best vista in Canyonlands National Park. The trail leads you to panoramic views of Island in the Sky Mesa. Cutting through the mesa are canyons formed by the Colorado and Green Rivers. It truly is a view not to be missed.
Delicate Arch (3-miles roundtrip)
Located in Arches National Park, this hike is an essential Utah experience. (Heck, Delicate Arch is even on our license plates.) The terrain is mostly flat with some steep sections, having an overall elevation change of about 500-feet. The arch stands alone above a bowl-shaped depression in the rock mesa, with fantastic scenery in the background. Be sure to see it from all angles.
Devil’s Garden Trail (7-miles roundtrip)
The Devil’s Garden is the best way to see Arches National Park, bar none. This loop will take you past about a dozen arches – including Landscape Arch, which is the largest natural arch in the United States. Most of the loop is well maintained, but some of the spurs are considered “primitive trails.” Don’t let this scare you, just follow the trail markers and cairns.
Druid Arch (10-miles roundtrip)
This spectacular arch is found in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The trail begins at the Elephant Canyon trailhead, leads through forests of stone pinnacles and then into Elephant Canyon. At the head of the canyon, you will find Druid Arch – which looks kinda like Stonehenge, hence the name.
Hurrah Pass (20-miles roundtrip)
Fairly level with well maintained roads, this route will allow you to focus on the views. Bikers travel through Kane Springs Canyon, splash across small streams and ascend Hurrah Pass to look into Canyonlands National Park far below.
Slickrock Trail (12-miles roundtrip)
Slickrock Trail is an immensely popular biking route in the Moab area. The trail attracts almost 100,000 bikers each year, making it the most visited biking trail in the world. Located in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, this route will test your abilities. Take your time when navigating the slickrock surface, and don’t forget to check out the views.
Poison Spider Mesa Trail (14-miles roundtrip)
One of the most technically challenging routes, Poison Spider has sand, gravel, slickrock and a final terrifying descent known as Portal Trail. Just be sure to sign the register if you make to the end, to immortalize your name forever. In addition to massive bragging rights, the route will give you picture-perfect views of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area.