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Awesome, more "secret" hike in canyonlands.
It's a steep climb in and out, but the views are awesome! The kiva is currently roped off, but you can get close to it. It's a bummer someone ruined the experience for the rest of us by vandalizing it.

Be sure to read the brochures in the guestbook box about archeological site protection. Respecting the trails and sites are key to being able to enjoy these hikes for years to come!

me and a buddy did this trail and the views are Absolutely beautiful. the kiva itself is still roped off but the views are well worth the hike. we were the only 2 on the trail and at the end it became hard to see the next carine but if you look hard enough you won't have a issue.

I'm not sure why this is rated difficult. Fairly easy hike that was a little difficult to find. There are a few spots you do some light bouldering.

Easy hike. Excellent views, but a very crowded hike.

Great place for a photo under the arch... short and easy.... could be crowded.

I did the upheaval dome then continued on with the sycline loop. Note the warning sign in the photos at the beginning of the trail. That was a fair warning for what’s ahead. The trail wasn’t that hard to follow except for a couple spots, but the rock scramble in the back of the loop was pretty difficult. I added a photo of that area although it’s hard to get an idea of the difficulty here. Definitely not for anyone afraid of heights or lack of mobility and strength to climb. It seemed like it took me about 20 minutes to get through that area. There was only a couple holes with water and wouldn’t want to drink it. One was a good place to soak and cool off.

on Mesa Arch Trail

3 days ago

Simply spectacular!

It’s a great arch, and a pretty dull trail. Worth a stop.

Amazing views over Canyon Lands national park across the full length of this trail. It’s pretty busy, but easy enough to get off and find a secluded spot. A must if visiting Canyon Lands

Good short hike between heavy downpours. Interesting to see, but note worth rehiki g it.

We started at 4:00 and didn't get back to the car till 7:00, there were so many different views and the sun changed the rock colors as it set. Passed a two couples while we were walking out, but only one other photographer at the point and not close. So a lovely, secluded walk. Don't be discouraged by the flat bit at the beginning (were grateful for that walking out in the quickly fading light). Be sure to take a light if you go near the end of the day. Cairns on the point itself were helpful, but many places to explore beyond where the marked path ends.

on Mesa Arch Trail

5 days ago

great place to see sunrise

Short, easy hike for a great reward at the end! If you have good, grippy shoes you won’t have an issue with this hike at all. Since majority of the hike is just up a huge rock.

Ok so first off, the views were outstanding and totally worth our experience on the trail. Another review gave us the directions to the trail head- parking at the alcove parking lot and walking back up the road to the section of logs. The trails begins directly behind the logs. Follow the path all the way to the sign that enforces no vandalizing the kiva. From there there will be cairns guiding the way. We had a hard time finding some of the cairns but overall they were extremely helpful. The only misleading thing was there were cairns going past the kiva all the way around the other cliff side. We weren’t paying close enough attention, missed the kiva, and kept walking around the cliff side assuming we still had further to go. Once we reached the other end of the cliff the sun was setting and WOW. The views from that side were just amazing. On our way back down the cliff side we found the kiva and realized where we messed up. But by this time there was no daylight left and we somehow got off trail sending us down the cliff side on scrambling rocks and dirt. It was extremely scary. I’m only saying all of this because I don’t want someone else to make the same mistake and end up out there after dark unprepared (as we were).

hiking
6 days ago

Short hike, good view.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice and short for a great view.

hiking
14 days ago

Did this over the weekend. The trail head on the rim is at 6232, Murphy Campsite A is at 5248. Views 5 stars, Trail on the flats 5 stars, condition of switchbacks 2 stars, but worth it.

Great hike

Remember to take your picture, and let other people have their turns :)

A favorite! The views don’t get any better and the kiva is great to see. Just don’t miss the fork in the trail to get up to it.

Down into the Canyon and then back up. Beautiful!

hiking
23 days ago

Easy out and back trail. But fully exposed so can be hot. Amazing views at the end and no crowds like other tour bus stops in Canyonlands. Incredibly quiet and peaceful spot. Highly recommend if you want a quiet, easy hike. We did many hikes in our recent trip to 7 Utah parks and this made the top 3 on everyone’s list.

hiking
25 days ago

The short hike is suited for just about all ages and abilities. Very crowded (parking lot full) at sunrise but less crowded by mid-morning. I recommend going later in the morning because you can still get some great photos of the canyon through the arch without the crowds!

hiking
25 days ago

We arrived just after sunrise yesterday and had the Butte all to ourselves. From atop Aztec Butte you’ll have super views of the surroundings to include canyons in the distance. We saw a herd of mule deer wander by the base of the butte as we sat on top. This is not a hard hike, but if you have issues with your knees or ankles you should not do this as there are many sections at pretty steep “all fours climbing” going up the butte and some “scoot on you butt” sections coming down. Don’t forget to stop by the granary!

As mentioned before, there is no sign from main road telling you the side road leads to the White Rim trail, only a sign stating picnic area. This road is on the left before you get to Grand View. While the walk is easy, it was SO worth it with good canyon views on the tiny “peninsula in the sky” it ends on. My wife and I really enjoyed it. We saw maybe 5-6 people on that trail yesterday.

hiking
25 days ago

easy trail, but the views were amazing, get a nice 360 view from the top of the rock at the end

hiking
25 days ago

super easy trail but worth doing to see the arch, nice view aswell with the mountains far in the background

hiking
26 days ago

One of my favorite hikes, it really is an incredible view!! Trail is not closed, just the alcove is closed off currently (Sept 2018)

hiking
26 days ago

Awesome for sunrise pics! It does get quite crowded with photographers so make sure you get there early to get a good spot viewing the arch and canyon below.

hiking
27 days ago

Fun hike but it sure does get a bit more difficult at the end as you scramble up the rocks of the butte. But definitely worth the gorgeous view!

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