This scenic paved trail is great for a quick ride or walk while also providing access to countless biking and hiking opportunities near Moab. The lower section of this trail has a gentle incline that is suitable for wheelchairs as well as children and adults of all skill levels. Further up the trail, the difficulty increases as the route climbs steeply to the top of Moab Canyon, offering a great cardio workout and an easy downhill ride or walk back to the trailhead.
The Moab Canyon Trail 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 Lion’s Park, begin walking or riding east toward the Colorado River. The trail splits at a hairpin turn just past the parking area. Turn left and continue over the scenic Colorado River Bridge. Once over the bridge, turn left and follow the access road back to the highway to reconnect with the paved trail on the right.
Continue walking or riding as the trail follows along Highway 191 on the left and soaring redrock cliffs on the right. After about 2.2 miles, the trail crosses the entrance road to Arches National park at a crosswalk. The entrance is often very busy, so use caution as you cross. This is the only road crossing for the remainder of the trail.
Keep going beyond Arches National Park as the walls of Moab Canyon close in, offering a revealing and spectacular scene ahead. Soon the trail turns away from the highway as it climbs up through the sandstone cliffs. Much of the overall 850 foot elevation gain is made in this steep section.
As you climb the trail, several smaller dirt trails are encountered along the way. These are part of the Moab Brands mountain biking area. Each trail has a sign with a map making it easy to choose a trail. Many of the trails provide access back to the Moab Canyon Trail further along, making them an easy diversion if you’re looking for a longer or more adventurous outing.
After approximately 6.0 miles, the grade levels out and the road crosses below Highway 191 through an underpass. After approximately 8.9 miles, the trail ends near the intersection of Highway 191 and UT-313.
- Clean up after pets.
- Pack out all trash.
- Stay on designated trails.
- 20 mph speed limit.
This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.