Explore the best trails near Gold Canyon with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Easy walk with big pay off! Cave, hieroglyphs, boulders and beautiful views. Take your kids or your parents. No strollers though - too rocky.

Great once you get to the cave! Got a little lost in the beginning with where the trail was but found our way back. A little tricky to follow trail unless you see other people.

Fun hike with several great views and terrain changes. The historical aspect is AWESOME. Brought the dogs and they loved it.

it's a scenic view Trail for everyone!!!!

Good hike. More difficult than others make it seem. Hike up was constant elevation gain. Hard climbing during the last leg. Went with a dog and she helped lead the way as far as the path up. There seem to be other paths in the area that cross cross this one. As others have said make sure to go through the fence and keep the cave in sight to maintain correct direction. If you go with a dog it would be difficult and dangerous to hold a leash on this path.

hiking
6 days ago

great hike, lots of shade trees, beautiful canyon. trail easy to follow but has overgrown branches.
great day hike but start early. almost 20 miles on dirt road to trail head (hour +)

off road driving
7 days ago

Great trail! Not too rocky or crazy, gets narrow in some places, and that's coming from a Honda Element driver haha.

Easy hike with great views!

off road driving
7 days ago

It was a lot of fun. Went with some out of town friends and the hubby. We all had an amazing time. We drove an element and it got through everywhere pretty easily. Recommended for sure!

hiking
8 days ago

Overall the hike wasn't too difficult, it was longer than expected but the scenery was beautiful, traffic wasn't too heavy, I wouldn't advise bringing a pet along with, it does get tight and steep in areas, but the work you put in is rewarded with views of Four Peaks!

hiking
10 days ago

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hiking
11 days ago

It's fairly treacherous but hiking above the cave offers some impressive views.

Cliff dwellings at the end of the trail were well worth the hike in. Be sure to go to the upper dwellings. Hike itself not difficult - a bit of climbing to get up to the higher dwellings.
The drive in definitely needs a 4 wheel drive high clearance vehicle. we were in a high clearance vehicle without 4 wheel drive and struggled to get up the hills. Twice the passengers had to get out and walk. one time we pushed the vehicle. on the way in the hills are long and very steep. no problem coming back out.

backpacking
12 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Could not find the trail. Went through the fence and followed advice from other reviews on here but still could not find it. Saw a couple carins but not enough to be able to follow the trail. Very annoyed!

hiking
13 days ago

This was a great trail. Nice and easy at the beginning and end, fantastic views, totally different landscape at the hieroglyphics site, and done easily in a couple of hours.

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome hike. Great scenery! BUT I have a hard time believing the 4.9 miles round trip. Will definitely come back.