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.

Had the trail to ourselves the whole time with great views in every direction. Limited parking for hikers think there was only 3-4 spots available so if you get there early you won’t have any issues.

This review is by two 70+ year old hikers. We loved this beautiful trail and we only saw two other hikers. But it is not an easy trail and the slick rock scrambles about 2/3 of the way are not for those without leg or arm strength. While the trail is well marked with rock piles it measured 7 miles by a pedometer and a GPS and will take 3 to 5 hours depending on the amount of pic taking, picnic stops, etc. Bring lots of water!

hiking
11 days ago

Easy and quick- pretty arch especially at sunset!

Easy walk but super crowded at sunrise. Definitely get there 30 or so minutes before sunrise if you want that photo. Best spot is on the far right side of the arch.

I don’t like being around a ton of people when I hike so I sat on the edge a ways up and got some great photos. Some of the photographers eventually left and I got my photo.

Trail head is not marked. I drove by it a couple times. Park your car near the logs and walk to it. Trail is well marked once you get going. It’s basically all downhill. I followed All Trails and it looked like I went too far to get to the Kiva but I didn’t. Follow the person’s comments in the review below. Pass the tree hanging on the side of the mountain and there is a switchback. Great views. Probably wouldn’t do it again but liked the hike.

Easy trail with a great view of the Canyon at the end. Did it after I lost the Gooseberry Trail.

AMAZING views. Relatively easy hike, just follow the cairns! We found plenty of chances to wander off trail (it's mostly on bedrock) and climb up to cool vantage points. We ended up having to make a quick return from the end due to a thunderstorm bearing down on us, but still had a blast!

hiking
21 days ago

Easy walk and did this as an evening trail. Perfect sunset which brought out beautiful hues of purple throughout the canyon.

Luckily not a lot of people at this time, got some great shots of the arch!

off road driving
24 days ago

Gorgeous. On this path as marked the road was definitely rougher outside of the canyonlands. Inside the park the road was pretty tame.

Super easy walk, perfect for a lazy day (combined with some other walks). Views are really amazing.

hiking
25 days ago

This is a DIFFICULT 5.8 mile hike. You have to crawl up rocks at one point. I enjoyed the hike but it took us 6 hours at a slow, enjoyable pace stopping to eat lunch. Moderate hikes are usually great for us. This is rated moderate but I disagree. Also, I drank 3 L of water during this hike. Four of us hiked this trail and we are in our late 50s and early 60s. April 23, 2018.

Long drive out to it. Great little hike and was able to see both East and West side of Canyons. If you are weary of heights trail takes some getting used to but is very do-able. Several stairs to climb up and down. Just go slow

hiking
1 month ago

Trailhead begins further back on the road from the parking spaces. You’ll see it covered over with piles of logs on the side of the road. Trail is mostly exposed to sun until you get to the overhang with the kiva. There isn’t really scrambling involved, just a couple of steep spots that could be slick in the event of rain. The cairns are easy to follow and the view is worthy of a long sit. It seems like this is a popular place for sunset photographers (we saw at least 5 professional cameras set up), so be ready to share the space.

Easy, fantastic views, neat biological soil communities along the way. Even after sunrise, Mesa Arch is breathtaking.

This is a beautiful Trail! The view the whole time on the Trail is Amazing! My mother in law did this hike and she’s 70 years old. She loved this hike!

Great views !

Wow !!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Best to go early in the morning. Hardly anyone was there and the morning sun lights the arch like a ribbon of orange.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this one. Not to difficult and amazing views at every turn. Pick up the park brochure at the beginning of the hike. It will give you information about the geology and flora of what you are seeing at four marked vistas.

Great extended views

Great views, but overran with tourist.. still really neat though!

hiking
1 month ago

Great place to go first for a lovely view with a short walk to the payoff. It is crowded, so if you go there first, other places look serene in comparison.

Very easy for some great views. Make sure you hike to the end to see the canyons on your right!

Beautiful view through the arch. However, it is so crowded that you will have a hard time getting pictures!

We saw four people the entire time. Amazing view! Challenging hike for kids (we had a 6 and 9 year old) but they felt great after they accomplished it.

Easy peasy hike. Hardest part is avoiding the other tourists.

off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing views the entire way but if you get to the end, a real treat. Seeing the river so far below is hard to describe.

We got there just after sunset so the colours were vivid.

Drove it in a stock Cherokee Trailhawk with no problems. A couple of bumps to the underside but no big deal. The last kilometre gets pretty rocky. Vehicles with more clearance and larger tires will laugh at this.

A great little trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Views are spectacular

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I loved this trail! It’s a great workout and the view at the top is stunning

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Very easy and the view at the top is stunning, it’s what made me fall in love with Utah!

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