Wildcat Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Wildcat Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Monument Valley, Arizona 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 413 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running


horseback riding


wild flowers


Provided by VisitUtah.com: "The Wildcat Trail is a 3.9-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: 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"

1 month ago

Great hike with great views; relatively easy besides a slight climb back up to parking lot

3 months 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

6 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.

8 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.

9 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!

off road driving
11 months ago

In June, 2004, we drove by Mexican Hat, an interesting rock formation that looks just like the name implies, past the entrance road (hwy 316) to Goosenecks State Park (known for its extended viewpoint 1,000 feet above the San Juan River’s series of huge river bends splitting a deep canyon), and then came upon that familiar stretch of road shown in Forrest Gump leading into Monument Valley. We were looking toward the west with the sun starting to fall, and were confused by the time - in Arizona for the Navajo Nation, the time is the same as Mountain time; Arizona does not recognize daylight saving time, but luckily got to the visitor booth in time ($5@) to take the drive. There were dark clouds approaching and we worried about the weather, but the lightning was fantastic with the sun piercing through to some areas just beyond the Mittens, Elephant Butte and John Ford’s Point (the most photographed and most popular viewpoint, one of Hollywood director John Ford's favorite filming locations, where he shot scenes from Stagecoach, The Searchers, and Cheyenne Autumn. It's still popular with producers - watch for crews working on feature films, TV shows – we didn’t see any). We first got some pictures on a couple of huge sandstone boulders that were probably placed just for that very reason – to take some great shots. As an aside, permission is required to photograph any Navajo residents and their property, and it is customary to offer to pay them. There were people actually living in among the rocks, a couple of small farms and gift shacks at each popular viewpoint; we passed by a sheep dog herding some goats and sheep, and also a group on horseback. We drove the loop among the huge monoliths (much bigger than Valley of the Gods), passing John Ford’s Point, the Three Sisters (looks like a “W”), Camel Butte, Totem Pole, Artist’s Point, the Thumb, Yei-Bi-Chei (resembles a Navajo holy man), and many other famous rocks. On our way out, as the storm clouds starting arriving with gusty winds and blowing rain, we spied some more domesticated animals, goats and a horse, roaming the valley. This is one of those bucket list areas for those seeking what America has to offer.

off road driving
1 year ago

A 12 mile loop trail through Monument Valley, with a variety of ways to see the different buttes. You can take a guided tour, drive your vehicle, ride a mountain bike, or go by horseback. Fun place to see.

nature trips
2 years ago

Felt like John Wayne when I went horseback riding in Monument Valley. What can I say? It is stunning. Loved every minute of it. And the views kept changing as the light changed and the trail changed. I will go back and do this again. I cannot recommend it enough. A must-see for anyone who loves the Southwest.

nature trips
2 years ago

If you have the chance, take a trip here and book a horse tour. You will see parts of Monument Valley you just can't see any other way. Riding through the valley right after sunrise is an experience I will cherish the rest of my life. One cautionary note, though: Two people in my party got food poisoning at the restaurant (there's only one restaurant in the area), so you should consider packing your own food in a cooler.

scenic driving
3 years ago

Dusty but very beautiful! :)

off road driving
3 years ago

One of America's gems. Many, many movies have been made here. You almost expect John Wayne to come riding by. The Navaho have tour trucks if you don't want to take your car over the dirt roads.