Guidebook

Best Hikes in the World’s Top Desert Town: Moab, UT

Explore the desert trails surrounding one of the world's top adventure towns.

Description

Drawing tourists from around the globe, the isolated desert town of Moab, Utah is one of the top adventure destinations in the world! Almost any adventurer can find an activity that will lure them into booking travel to Moab. Whether it’s mountain biking, rock climbing, 4x4 driving, dirt biking, whitewater rafting, canyoneering, or hiking, Moab has an adventure just for you!

Moab’s arches are easily its most iconic hiking attraction. While you definitely have to hike to the famous Delicate Arch, be sure to check out some of the lesser-known arches that are sometimes even more impressive.

Adding to Moab’s appeal as a hiking destination is the plethora of camping options spread throughout the region. While of course you could stay at one of the hotels or hostels in town, the BLM and private campgrounds along the rivers and high on desert plateaus offer some of the most scenic and enjoyable camping in the world.

In this guidebook, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best hiking trails in and around Moab. Ranging from short and easy to lengthy and technically-advanced, these hikes access hidden valleys, sweeping vistas, and of course, rock arches of all shapes and sizes.

Delicate Arch
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Delicate Arch

1 - 2 hrs
5.0 km
196 m
196 m
Hike to the iconic arch in Arches National Park.
Moderate
Private
Fisher Towers
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Fisher Towers

1 - 2 hrs
7.6 km
338 m
338 m
Hike around the base of some of Moab's most impressive rock spires.
Difficult
Private
Grandstaff Canyon
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Grandstaff Canyon

Moab
1 - 2 hrs
6.8 km
171 m
171 m
A family-friendly hike with gorgeous views the entire way.
Moderate
Private
Dead Horse Point
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Dead Horse Point

Moab
0 - 1 hrs
1.7 km
33 m
33 m
"One of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world!"
Moderate
Private
Corona Arch
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Corona Arch

Moab
1 - 2 hrs
3.8 km
246 m
246 m
A short hike to a massive freestanding arch.
Difficult
Private
Portal Trail
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Portal Trail

Moab
1 - 2 hrs
7.2 km
370 m
370 m
Experience death-defying heights and jaw-dropping views from the exposed Portal Trail.
Severe
Private
Neck Spring Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Neck Spring Trail

2 - 3 hrs
9.0 km
249 m
249 m
A 6-mile loop with a high “Wow!” factor.
Moderate
Private
Mesa Arch
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mesa Arch

0 - 1 hrs
1.1 km
29 m
29 m
A short, easy hike to a stunning natural arch!
Easy
Private
Grand View Point
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Grand View Point

0 - 1 hrs
2.8 km
69 m
69 m
Enjoy a never-ending array of stunning views along this exposed hike.
Moderate
Private
Tower Arch
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Tower Arch

Moab
1 - 2 hrs
4.8 km
224 m
224 m
Hike to one of the most remote arches in Arches National Park.
Moderate
Private
Hidden Valley Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hidden Valley Trail

Moab
2 - 3 hrs
10.1 km
369 m
369 m
High right from the outskirts of Moab up into a beautiful valley.
Difficult
Private
Hayduke Trail: Arches National Park to Hurrah Pass
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Hayduke Trail: Arches National Park to Hurrah Pass

Moab
1 day +
68.8 km
1,368 m
1,436 m
A warm up in distance and difficulty for the 800-mile backcountry journey along the Hayduke Trail.
Difficult
Private
Fiery Furnace
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Fiery Furnace

Moab
0 - 1 hrs
2.9 km
180 m
180 m
This off-trail hiking area provides one of Moab's most challenging—and rewarding—hiking experiences.
Extreme
Private