In Moab, the public lands surrounding our national parks are loaded with hiking trails!
Some of these trails are even less crowded than in the national parks!
Did you know that you can see some Arches outside of Arches National Park, and some of them you can drive right up to? Some of the best hiking trails in Moab are located on Bureau of Land Management land, which means you don’t have to pay to hike and you can still get all of the beauty of being in a National Park. Here are a few of the best hikes in Moab!
Wilson Arch is located right off of Highway 191 just less than 30 minutes south of Moab. This stunning arch is just a short scramble up a hill to be standing in the eye of the arch. Not feeling the hike up the hill? No problem! Wilson Arch is extremely visible from the car in the parking lot!
Corona Arch is a local favorite for many reasons. The proximity of the trail-head to town, the moderate length hike, and the stringiness of the arch are just a few of the reasons that this trail is loved by many. Corona Arch is a 3 mile, moderate difficulty trail where hikers will have to use about a 10-foot ladder at one point in order to boost themselves upon the sandstone. You will definitely be rewarded after hiking up the sandstone steps and climbing the ladder to magnificent views of the sweeping arch! The hike is about 3 miles round trip, and the best part about it? You can bring your dogs!
Fisher Towers is located just over 21 miles east of town. You can get there by driving on Hwy 128 and following the river upstream. One of the most scenic drives in all of America, you will be mesmerized by the landscapes before you even get to the start of the hike! While the Fisher Towers do not have any arches, the sandstone towers soar up to 900 feet above the trail! This is an out-and-back trail where the beauty is in the experience of the entire hike. While the end of the trail rewards you with some great views, there is not necessarily a destination or breathtaking view at the end that you do not get on the rest of the hike! Also, keep an eye out for rock climbers putting their skills to the test on the sandstone towers!
The best time of year to hike on these trails is going to be in the Spring and in the Fall. Not too high of temperatures during the day means that you can hike with the sun directly overhead! The desert does not have many shady spots to rest, so doing these trails in the summer requires an early or late start. Try to stay out of the sun in the direct heat of the day as it can be dangerous hiking in such high temperatures. On all hikes it is extremely important to stay hydrated. Experts recommend drinking up to a gallon of water a day if you are in Moab in the summertime!
If you are a bit of a thrill-seeker, you have to put canyoneering on your bucket list! Canyoneering is a combination of hiking, a bit of climbing, and a lot of rappelling down canyon walls using ropes and gear! One of the greatest things about canyoneering is that you are off the beaten trail, and you are not going to be on crowded hikes with thousands of people while rappelling down cliffs! One of the more popular routes in Moab to canyoneer is called Ephedra's Grotto. After a short hike and scramble, you get 2 back to back rappels, starting out at 90’ and ending with a 120’ free-hanging rappel next to a monsterous natural bridge! Canyoneering is definitely an activity to get your blood pumping and adrenaline rushing. It is highly recommended to do a canyoneering tour through one of the many outfitters in Moab! Even if you have experience and the equipment, knowing the trails and the ins and outs of the routes is much safer with a professional guide. Plus, who doesn’t want to learn more about the geology, flora/fauna, and cheesy guide jokes by going with one of the great canyoneering outfitters in Moab?