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False Kiva Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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False Kiva Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.9 miles 436 feet Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

scenic driving

trail running



wild flowers


Island In The Sky District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, United States False Kiva is a Class II archeological site located in an alcove in Canyonlands National Park. It's also known from the famous photograph by Wally Pacholka, showing the milky way in all it's glory. When you get there you'll be amazed by the silence of the alcove and the view ahead. You'll have a view on the Canyons and the Candlestick tower in the distance. The best time of day to photograph is late afternoon, certainly take a good hour to wait for the good light to drop.

14 days ago

By far my favorite trail in Canyonlands NP (At least of the ones I have done) Although not considered a real trail, (not on any park maps) at least not in 2015 it wasn't. trail requires some rock scrambling, & walking next to steep drops, do not attempt if you can't do these things, you might not see anyone else to help you out, you probably will be alone! You also will be walking over slick rock & sand. Bring water, none available there

1 month ago


1 year ago


Amazing, did a overnight backpacking trip, get a permit thru the canyonlands website its $30 for 14 days i made the mistake of booking for a night that was a flash flood day so had to reschedule to another day and did not know i could spend more than one night. breathtaking beauty the view was amazing. there was a kiva as you drop down into the canyon in great shape, food storage i believe. make sure you read all the deets for this hike take extra water since there is no water to filter and it gets hot they already had to rescue one person near this hike from the heat and disorientation and it was only may.