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Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab

07.23.18

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  • Rocks of mystery at Horseshoe Canyon.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • The Horseshoe Gallery rock art at Horseshoe Canyon.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Portion of the Grand Gallery at Horseshoe Canyon.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • The False Kiva has become an iconic site of the American Southwest.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Needle Butte in the distance from False Kiva.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Granary building at Aztec Butte.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • View from the top of the butte from Aztec Butte.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • The view from the visitor center is just the beginning at the Rim Trails.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Potash evaporation pools can be seen in the distance at the Rim Trails Loop.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Dead Horse Point along the Rim Trails Loop.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • The Corona Arch and a clear night sky.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Crossing the tracks near the trailhead near Corona Arch.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • The scale of Tower Arch is hard to capture in a photo.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Climbing sand dunes near Tower Arch.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Landscape Arch, the showstopper.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Double O Arch viewed from the west along Devils Garden Primitive Trail.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • More fins at Devils Garden.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Pine Tree Arch.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Sand Dune Arch along Broken Arch Trail is small but interesting.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Broken Arch at sunrise.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Eroded stone caricatures in the Fiery Furnace.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • A canyon wall in the Fiery Furnace curves with the pattern of erosion. - Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Skull Arch in the Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park. - Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Surprise Arch, Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • The La Sal Mountains rising beyond the Fiery Furnace.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Ute petroglyphs on the way to the Delicate Arch.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Delicate Arch sunset.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • The Parade of Elephants and Double Arch near sunrise from the trail to The Windows.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • The Windows in late afternoon.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Beginning the Park Avenue hike from the Courthouse Towers end.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Looking down Park Avenue from the trailhead.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Refreshing pools and cascades near Morning Glory Arch offer a break from the heat.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Nature's picture frame, Funnel Arch Hike.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Come to Burlfriends Trail in the fall for an unbelievable color show.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
  • Mount Peale's south side, seen from Beaver Lake along the Burlfriends Trail.- Canyonland Country: Best Hikes Near Moab
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The canyonlands surrounding Moab offer some of the most intriguing backcountry in the western United States. Winding and intricate, full of mystery, these canyonlands seem to have a life of their own. Native Americans who once dwelled here knew how to bounce messages from the canyon walls, shouting to one another across thousands of feet. The vestige of their presence remains in the rock art and the stone dwellings they constructed 1,000 years ago. Hiking among the sandstone fins, arches, and canyons is a singularly unique experience that is simultaneously intimate and lonely. Turn a corner and you may find yourself alone, nothing but the cacti to keep you company. Your thoughts echo from the canyon walls like pattering feet. Go there; pitch a tent, light a fire at a bend in the Colorado, drink a glass of whisky by its light, and dream of a different world. In the morning, you’ll go here:

The Human Element

  • Distant from Moab, the remote Horseshoe Canyon has what some consider to be the best rock art in the United States. The millennia-old Barrier Canyon rock art at the Great Gallery spans 120 feet.
  • The False Kiva, so named for the unclear origin of the archeological site, includes a hike to a classic Western panorama tucked in an alcove high above Canyonlands National Park.
  • Find yourself an ancient stone granary at Aztec Butte, just a short 1.2-mile hike away.

Million-Dollar Vistas

  • The Rim Trails at Dead Horse Point State Park have some surprisingly underappreciated canyon views near Moab.
  • It doesn’t claim any arches, but the sandstone prominences and unique monuments of Park Avenue Trail offer a different kind of photogenic beauty.
  • The Colorado Plateau invokes a fascinating juxtaposition in wilderness: Ascend past a certain threshold and everything turns green. Try the Burlfriends Trail in the La Sal Mountains for a lesson in contrasts.

Sandstone Arches

  • Unlike many of the arch hikes near Moab, Corona Arch is located on BLM land—which means dogs can hike, too!
  • Hikers searching for solitude should find Tower Arch along the Klondike Bluffs Trail.
  • The entire length of the 7.2-mile Primitive Loop Trail offers a grand total of seven arches and a host of other geologically fascinating features as well.
  • A good introduction to Moab slick rock that includes an arch? Go to Broken Arch.
  • The Fiery Furnace is a true adventure for advanced hikers only, unless you’re attending a ranger-guided tour through the unmarked, trail-less, arch-rich void.
  • If you’ve seen the Utah license plate, you’ll recognize Delicate Arch—but seeing it in person is an experience without comparison.
  • The canyonlands are fertile for photographers, and the Windows Loop has a wide range of spectacles to capture, including the Windows and the Parade of Elephants.
  • The hike to Morning Glory Arch in Negro Bill Canyon, a beautiful, albeit less dramatic sandstone formation, offers a cool pool to dip into on hot days.
  • Funnel Arch is off the beaten path and relatively unknown to tourists. Plus, the arch has an anchor for rappelling.
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