Wildcat Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Wildcat Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Monument Valley, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles 408 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Provided by VisitUtah.com: "The Wildcat Trail is a 3.2-mile loop hike into one of the most scenic areas that Monument Valley has to offer. This trail lets hikers feel like they stepped back in time into the Wild West. Hikers will travel around one some of the most famous rock buttes in the park, and will at one point find themselves standing in a spot where three towering buttes surround them. The Wildcat Trail is the only self-guided trail in the park but offers some world- class scenery as it takes hikers for a walk through the world-famous Mitten Buttes and Merrick Butte. Start: Wildcat Trail trailhead sign at the northwest corner of the visitor center parking area Distance: 3.2 miles to end of loop with return trip totaling nearly 4 miles Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours Difficulty: Moderate due to sandy sections Trail surface: Sand, dirt, and rock trail Best season: Spring and fall Other trail users: Horseback riders Canine compatibility: Leashed dogs permitted Fees and permits: Park entry fee required Schedule: Open year-round; check website for closures"

26 days ago

One of the best hikes I had ever. The imp soon facades of the buttes is an out of earth experience in this beautiful holy place

3 months ago

This was a really great hike. I would consider this to be a must do activity in Monument Valley. With this hike, you'll see some great views of the great scenery in monument valley, you'll also be able to walk around the west mitten butte. Make sure to wear good shoes or boots as the trail is extremely sandy at some points. I would also recommend doing the hike on a cooler day or early in the morning, because the heat and unrelenting sun could make this hike quite unpleasant.

5 months ago

This is a moderate trail with incredible scenery. West Mitten Butte is the main attraction as the trail circles around it. The climb out is a little harder, but overall its a great moderate hike. Best done on a day with moderate temperatures.

6 months ago

The Wildcat Trail is a loop which goes around the West Mitten Butte in Monument Valley. The trail is wonderfully maintained and very clearly marked all along its path. The views along the hike are all excessively gorgeous and it's impossible to miss these beautiful rock formations.

Going downhill in the soft sand at the beginning of the trail is easy-going, and the rest of the trail follows this initial trend by being very level and flat. Yet, when returning from the loop, going uphill in the soft sand can get pretty strenuous. Be prepared for that uphill battle and you'll be golden!

Overall, this hike is an absolutely amazing part of Monument Valley and should not be missed!