Aztec Butte Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Island in the Sky Visitor Center: Drive southward on Utah 313 approximately 6.25 miles to the junction of Main Island Road and Upheaval Dome Road. Bear right at this junction and drive .7 miles, past the access road to Willow Flat Campground, to the parking area for Aztec Butte Trail.
short trail with small elevation
A quick easy trail ! Enjoyed the rock scrambling to the top and the views of the area.
Completed this last Autumn with my younger kids since it's a short one. Seeing the ruins was cool and it was cool in the shade as we watched the cars go by down below.
Not a difficult hike, but there is some rock scrambling to be done. Worth the time to do.
A pretty cool hike, extremely humbling to think about (I mean c'mon, seeing dwellings from thousands of years ago was mind blowing). The trail is primarily pretty easy. It gets kinda difficult when you have to do some rock scrambling, but the payoff is worth it in my opinion. Great day to hike this, strongly encourage you to do the same.
Fun trail to some Indian dwellings. You have to scramble up some steep rock faces, but the views are great.
Fun trail with a steep ascent up the larger butte, worth the hike for the overview of Canyonlands National Park. The ruins are on the north side of the smaller butte and are really fun to visit. This was our 2nd time doing this hike, we brought the kids this time and was perfect for them, ages 5 and 7.
The trail itself is well maintained the final assent is marked by rock stacks and requires the ability to be sure footed on steep terrain. I enjoyed this hike and would recommend it for people who prefer shorter hikes.
The granaries are cool. Unfortunately, Aztec Bluff is currently closed. You can only do the smaller side butte.