Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Canyonlands National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
15 days ago

Great scenery! Easy drive.

on Mesa Arch Trail

15 days ago

Great sunrise spot. The glow of the sun on the arch is beautiful. The view of canyons behind the arch is also lovely. The trail is very short and takes less than 20 minutes to walk to the arch and easy to follow. Going in mid November was great to miss the crowds but there was still about 10 of us at the arch for sunrise

Worth hiking this trail to the end as it provides views on the other side of the mesa too! For more details and pics, visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/11/20/best-hikes-canyonlands/

hiking
16 days ago

unique hike up the giant rock. nice views. fun short scramble at the top. for more details and pics, visit: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/11/20/best-hikes-canyonlands/

hiking
16 days ago

Simple Trail with a few signs indicating surrounding vegetation. Nice view of canyon through arch. For more details and pics visit: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/11/20/best-hikes-canyonlands/

One of the most amazing views is at sunrise. Definitely worth getting up early for!

nice views

Nice trail .05 mil look amazing

off road driving
23 days ago

My family loved this way of getting to know Canyonlands NP. We did not have any trouble with our Subaru Outback. Really worth it, but I would be really hesitant to drive it if the weather is not forgiving

hiking
29 days ago

Pretty middle hike, some stairs but other then my that smooth. Beautiful views, must so you can see both sides of the canyon at the same time!

It's impressive to see the road down there. Great view

A nice view overlooking the canyons. Easy hike

hiking
30 days ago

A classic. If your expectations aren't too high, then it's worth it!

went for sunrise, it was nice

The rest of the park was fairly crowded, and on this trail we were largely alone on a very good day for weather in mid-April. The setting and peace you can get here is the main draw. Views along the trail are not completely amazing, but this land is energetic to be in no matter what. View at the end is expansive and there is a rock formation that can be climbed safely if you are careful.

This is a good intro to the area. We walked this trail at the end of September in midday sunshine with temps nearing 90 with strong winds. We had no trouble following the cairns. I don’t understand why others had a hard time. Hats off to those maintaining them—we found them evenly spaced about 30-40 feet apart where no trail was apparent. A word of caution: whatever the weather in the area, you’ll get it in spades on this hike. You’re traversing completely exposed rock at the highest elevation in the area. Although it was hot we hiked through very strong winds that left me thinking I wouldn’t want to be out there unprepared in extreme weather—you won’t find cover anywhere. That goes for sun exposure as well. That said, we really enjoyed the walk. The trail was fun but I highly recommended heading to the Elephant Hill area for a truly spectacular experience.

off road driving
1 month ago

Who is the jeep and start off our day on this trail I had a great time! Great views and easy 4 x 4 driving

walking
1 month ago

Very interesting Petroglyphs

great views!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and an easy hike

Super easy, great views, no boots or poles required.

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

on Mesa Arch Trail

2 months 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

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.

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