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This landscape was eroded into canyons, buttes, and mesas by the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries. The park is divided into four districts by the rivers. There are rock pinnacles and other naturally sculpted rock, as well as artifacts from Ancient Pueblo Peoples.

hiking
1 day ago

This little hike combines the beauty of Canyonlands with the amazing Mesa Arch. The arch frames the Canyonlands vista. The trail goes from the parking lot to the rim of the canyon at a point where an arch has been formed right at the rim of the canyon. Well worth the stop.

Went today and barely any crowds. It's very similar to Devils playground in Arches. Super relaxing hike and definitely a hike to feel complete solitude. Also pretty strenuous. You'll be ready for bed afterwards. Follow markers carefully, had to backtrack a few times due to poor markers. Definitely my new favorite hike in all of Moab.

on Syncline Loop

hiking
2 days ago

Obviously, a lot of people love this trail, but it is my least favorite hike in the Moab area. I did it a couple of years ago, going clockwise (against the prevailing wisdom), so I thought I would give it another try in the counter-clockwise direction. The elevation change looks to be much more gradual during the ascent if you go counter-clockwise, but it consists of climbing over dozens of humps, where you go up 20 or so feet and then come down the other side. So you are constantly going up and down, and as a result the whole hike is more tiring than you would predict from just looking at the mileage and elevation change. At the mid-point, there is a section that, as others have said, is not for anyone afraid of heights or lacking shoes with good traction. Although there are signs that warn that the trail is hard to follow, it is very well marked. I guess I am spoiled, but there are many hikes with more varied and spectacular scenery in the area, i.e. the nearby Lathrop canyon for example. In my opinion, this hike has a poor exertion to reward ratio. The loop is 8.3 miles.

hiking
8 days ago

This is an insanely beautiful trail - some rock scrambling, but nothing too dangerous. Highly recommended.

This is a great hike. Stay at the back country sites and hike about! Many great archeological sites.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike, not many people, lots of sand!

off road driving
26 days ago

Stock 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Off Road Tires. Awesome views. White Crack campsite was the best. Potato Bottom has shade (and mosquitoes).

I recommend just a bit more lift than a stock Jeep, but didn't scrape...much :)

hiking
29 days ago

Not for the timid.

Few recommendations: Go with company. If you plan on watching a sunset here (which is what this place is made for), bring flashlights and appropriate gear for the hike back. You can easily get lost on this trail. It’s not advertised by the National Park Service, so it’s basically unmarked, aside from the cairns. It requires some tricky maneuvering and at times can make you feel like you’re flirting with death (on the steep switchbacks beneath the alcove). But if you’re an experienced hiker, you should have no problem. Download the map and use GPS if possible.

All said and done, one the most beautiful, peaceful and solitary places I’ve ever seen. Highly recommended. Also, don’t touch or go inside the kiva; A lot of people make this mistake.

This is one of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. We did the loop counter clockwise like recommend but the overall elevation isn’t bad. There were quite a few spots where you had to scrambled up and down rocks and squeeze through tight spaces but this made the trail so fun. 360° views the entire time. There are designated campsites along the way. Highly recommend this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Started the hike around 6:30 a.m. (sunrise at 7:35). It must of taken 10-15 minutes to get to the arch, tops. Not far at all. Though it was somewhat tricky navigating in the dark (bring your headlamps/flashlights and look for the the cairns).

There were maybe 20-30 people there...in January. But for good reason. These sunrises are a photographer’s dream. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful they are, so I’m not going to. You’ll just have to see for yourself. Highly recommend.

on Shafer Trail

off road driving
1 month ago

Super awesome. Super easy too (when dry). Plenty of cyclists do this. Saw a honda civic driving it, although i could hear their indercarriage neing hit by 3” rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Went back in October. Easy terrain. Long hike. Scrambling for a very short time near the end. Keep an eye out for the trail, but mostly follows the dry riverbed. Worth every step. Amazing view of the arch at the end. Only saw a small handful of people, which was awesome. Nearly silent, with only the sounds of nature. Top notch.

Must go before the sunrise and watch it.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk, great views! In my opinion this has better views than the Mesa Arch Trail, but both are worth visiting!

walking
1 month ago

Easy hike, good views. The arch is right on the cliff edge, so be cautious.

Gorgeous, easy hike! Well maintained. It can get windy, so hold on to your hat if you are near the edge.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy walk. Not a lot of people when we visited in August! Easy to get pictures of the arch, you/arch, and views from inside the arch without feeling rushed.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this back for my birthday in the heat of late July 2017. Parked in elephant canyons and took EC to Druid. With the heat- it was an all day excursion (12.5 miles). Very brutal. BUT SO WORTH IT. Even with preparation and hydration, I still got pretty dehydrated. Not a lot of cover on the trail either. Bring a tarp if possible, if you do it in the heat.

The most amazing experience I have backcountry hiking to date. This will change your life.
Not very trafficked. Very desolate. And the views and colors will stun you. Get a permit and camp in EC the night before, if you want an even better experience.

*This is my Mecca Hike!*

Ps. I have more pictures and info on this and my other BackCountry hiking explorations on my IG- Colewurlddd

hiking
1 month ago

Great, fun, and short canyon hike. Little bit of scramble when leaving the canyon but its a fun one! Views at the bottom around the white rim make the walk through the wash worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Wow that was awesome!! Going clockwise along the rock, down a long section of steep switchbacks and stairs, through scree and sand along the bottom, scrambling up and down rocks before making its way back to the top. Weather was perfect, and I had time for two other short hikes and lots of gawking at views to boot. =)

Definitely 8.2 miles. There are signs clearly stating this at the trailhead. Plenty of cairns marked the way very clearly.

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