When it comes to paved trails, they don’t get much more scenic than this gem along the Colorado River in Moab. At times overhanging the river, this scenic pathway offers unparalleled views of the mighty Colorado and the soaring sandstone walls it has created over time. At 5.0 miles round trip and with less than 40 feet of elevation change, this trail is great for children and adults of all ages and skill levels. This trail is also wheelchair accessible.
The Colorado River Pathway begins at Lion’s Park near the intersection of Hwy 191 and Hwy 128, just south of the Colorado River Bridge. To reach the trailhead from from the intersection of Center St. and Main St. in Moab, UT:
- Drive north on Main Street for 2.5 miles.
- Turn right onto UT-128.
- Immediately turn left into the Lion’s Park parking area.
Additional parking is available across the street. An extension of the paved trail connects to Lion’s Park via a tunnel below UT-128.
From the parking area, begin walking or riding on the paved trail headed north along Hwy 128 and the Colorado River. The canyon is so narrow that there is barely room for the highway along the river. To make room for the trail, engineers constructed a platform that overhangs the bank of the Colorado River in several places. Keep walking or riding as you take in the incredible views of the river that this unique path offers.
After about 1.5 miles, the trail passes through Goose Island Campground. Use caution here as the trail crosses over the access roads for the campground. Beyond the campground, keep following the paved path as it contours the riverbank around a large bend. At more than 600 feet high, the canyon walls are a sight to behold. 2.5 miles from the trailhead, the trail ends. Return the way you came when you are ready.
- Dogs must be on leash.
- Clean up after pets.
- Pack out all trash.
- 20 mph speed limit.
A few short sections of the trail are next to the highway with no guard rail. Exercise extra caution with pets and children.
This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.