Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

You get a massive reward for the climb in the beginning. HIkes this early in the morning and was the only one out there. The fins are quite a sight.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail. Nice views both out and back. Rated as hard, but really not too bad. Even though it is a well defined trail, somehow took a wrong turn right where the trail hits its high point. It was kind of a pleasant surprise as it passed several panels of petroglyphs before dropping down to rejoin the main trail.

hiking
23 days ago

My favorite hike in Moab! Good workout & gorgeous views and meadow at the top!

hiking
30 days ago

Such a pretty hike. Great views of the La Sal mountains. Our 3 and 6 year old did it with minimal stopping.

on Pipe Dream Trail

mountain biking
1 month ago

pipe dream

hiking
2 months ago

The Hidden Valley Trail is now one of my favorites. One the things that can make a hike great is a changing landscape. The surprise of have those new pieces of landscape revealed to me when I top a rise or round a boulder bring forth a smile of joy. I got a few smiles on the Hidden Valley Trail. The Hidden Valley Trail starts off with a steep rocky switchback climb. At first it seemed a bit itimidating, but as I rose away from the highway, the bonds of civilization began to slip away. I'm not in the best shape right now and I had to stop a few times to catch my breath but that gave me an equal number of opportunities to look back at the shrinking landscape below. In about half a mile, I had climbed about 600 feet. As I approached the top, I didn't know what i was going to see, but I was hoping for something great. My hopes were rewarded. A beautiful flat valley was laid out before me. This was mid-September and there had been rain in the past few days and the valley was a mix of green plants and yellow grass. The valley before me was a couple hundred yards long, with a rise and a large boulder at the end. As I walked down the middle of the valley, I couldn't see the highway that was to my right, but I could still hear some of the traffic sounds bouncing off the high rock wall to my left. I hiked to the end of the valley, climbed the rise, and made my way past the boulder. This time another valley was revealed to me. This second valley was much the same as the first, but had a higher rise at the end and a larger collection of boulders there as well. As I walked down this second valley, I no longer heard the sounds of man and was now fully in the embrace of nature. Wildlife was present in these valleys, but mostly in the form of small fast lizards and large slow ants. On the path, the lizards would scurry away from me while the ants trundled on in the work. I did see at one point a small mammel run across the trail in front of me. I did not get a close enough view of the furry critter to identify it, but I marveled at its speed as it ran further away from me. Crows visted the valley a couple of times and called out to each other. At the end of the second valley, the rise revealed that the path would wind its way down in a rocky area broken up by piñon pine. There were a few small cairns here and there to help keep me on the trails. In the distance I could see a cliff and mesa and more rock formations that I simply don't have the vocabulary to describe. To my right was a spine of sandstone that the effects of time was slowly breaking apart. I followed the trail to its end, a few hundred feet where it joined up with a jeep track called the Moab Rim Trail. I spent nearly six hours making the round trip of six miles. This is a slow pace to hike, but I can think of no other way to enjoy such a hike. I stopped a few times to snap pictures or to just sit in the wilderness to soak up nature into my soul. The total elevation gain of about eleven hundred feet is a respectable amount of work, but not so much as to ruin me for the rest of the day. Since the first 600 feet of gain is in just one-sixth of the total hike, having the other 500 feet of elevation gain spread out over the remaining hike doesn't seem as much of an effort.

Lots of poison ivy. Short & sweet. Stagnant pond was a temperature drop. But definitely infested with mosquitoes.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun short trail! Sand at the start gets hot in the afternoon. I recommend booties if you are bringing your pup. Once you get back to the pool you can feel the cool sand and it is mostly shaded. It was our oasis on a 100 degree day with our pup.

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no shade
over grown
3 months ago

Hot as the devil's ass crack on the four of July, but the trail was fun! long pants if you can for the flat portion tons of prickly shrub, don't go on this if you got weak ankles tho bihhhhh

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bugs
3 months ago

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bugs
4 months ago

Just okay. Lots of poison ivy in July. Mosquitos by the large puddle (aka pond) that followed me most of the way out. Easy, short out and back.

hiking
4 months ago

Steep start but so worth it.

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no shade
5 months ago

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

The first 0.6 miles climbs quickly, but the views at the top are worth it. Bring plenty of water, as there is very little shade. We started about 7:30 am in mid June and had a few places we could get shade behind rocks or trees. But by the time we finished at 10:30, there was little shade to be had.

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rocky
5 months ago

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over grown
5 months ago

There is a significant amount of poison ivy towards the walls. Be careful. It was pretty meh. I needed a quick hike in and out just to stretch my legs so this did the trick. Easy for kids but again, there’s a lot of poison ivy and places to potentially veer off. I couldn’t quite tell what was the trail or dried river bed ¯\(°_o)/¯

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rocky
5 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

Very technical trail, at least for me, a new Mountain Biker. A lot of fun though. Very rocky and tight switchbacks. I went in the evening and it was perfect as most of the trail was shaded.

nice short trail for kids under 6 years old. The waterfall was dry, however there was a mini pond.

Short easy trail went in May lots of poison ivy. Good for a short hike.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

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6 months ago

Great morning hike

hiking
6 months ago

Cool short hike

it is a great trail but my issue was they were no signs what so ever to tell me which way to go and I was by myself so it was a little bit of a struggle.

Lovely in the afternoon in mid April. Some shade by 3-4 pm. Only 2 miles and 680 ft elevation gain to the pass. View of the La Sals over the valley was gorgeous. Rock art at the pass was fun.

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rocky
7 months ago

The beginning of the trail is very tough, meaning you go about 1,000 feet up in about a mile. But once you get up to the Hidden Valley area it is breath taking.

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