Neck Spring Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop 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.
Directions from Island in the Sky Visitor Center: Drive southward on Utah 313 approximately .5 miles to the trailhead.
Hiked counterclockwise on 93 degree day. Segments of shade gave sufficient relief. Some great views of deep canyons near end. Good sample of Mesa floral variety. Many stretches could be jogged to cut time required. Easy 3 hour hike otherwise.
Trail was great, got there early with a buddy and two 13 year old kids. Take lots of water, even though this says it is heavily trafficked, I did t see anyone else once we got in the trails. Challenging, but not to the point where it was not fun. Great things to look at.
It was getting late so I only went about a mile and a half in and then hiked back out. Moderately steep decline but really nice trail. Hiking poles helped with the hike back out. Didn't see anyone else on the trail the whole time.
This was a really pretty and diverse loop in the Island in the Sky district in Canyonlands. Once you cross the street from the parking area, you immediately descend about 300 ft. The landscape changes about every mile, so it's definitely not boring. A little bit of rock scrambling, sand dunes, creek crossings, etc. to get back up. Towards the end, you'll walk along the rim and you can look down into the canyon and see what you've hiked and feel a sense of accomplishment. More strenuous than the mainly flatter walks along the rim, but less so than the ones that descend all the way down. You'll see some remains of livestock ranching along the way: random feed troughs, barbed wire fences, something that looks like a power line. We went on a Saturday afternoon in March and only saw one family the entire trail, and they walked so fast that we only saw them briefly. It was pretty windy and a bit chilly - there was a massive windstorm the next day. The ranger said they the area frequently gets a bit of wind, particularly in the Spring. It took us about 3 hours to complete, including a break for lunch.