Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
933.00 ft (284.38 m)
Trail type
4.65 mi (7.48 km)
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The Hidden Valley Trail, just south of Moab, offers hikers a chance to explore a valley that is truly hidden from sight without hiking the trail. In addition to the enjoyable hike with great views there are also a few Native American petroglyphs just off the trail near the turnaround point.

The trailhead for the Hidden Valley Trail is located at the end of Rim Rock Lane. From the parking area follow the trail as it begins to climb up the cliff side and toward the hidden valley. This first stretch of trail (about 3/4 of a mile) is a steep, steady climb and a bit rocky in areas.

Once you’ve reached the top of the climb however the reward is well worth it. The hidden valley begins to appear and widen, and the trail is mostly flat. Impressive rock walls rise prominently on the southwest (left) side of the valley.

You’ll continue along the flat trail until it begins to gain a little elevation and top out at a pass. From the top of this obvious saddle you’ll have great views to the northwest. This is also where a short side trail leads to a handful of petroglyphs on a nearby rock wall. The unofficial but well traveled path takes off to the right from the pass. Follow this path to the rock wall and petroglyphs.

While the Hidden Valley Trail does continue onward, the best turnaround point is here at the pass/petroglyphs. Return through the valley and back to your vehicle the way you came.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Beautiful valley that is indeed hidden. Good vistas.


Somewhat steep initial climb.

Trailhead Elevation

4,580.00 ft (1,395.98 m)

Highest point

5,382.00 ft (1,640.43 m)


Vault toilet
Family friendly
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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