Wildcat Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Wildcat Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Monument Valley, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
413 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Provided by VisitUtah.com: "The Wildcat Trail is a 3.9-mile loop hike into one of the most scenic areas that Monument Valley has to offer. This trail lets hikers feel like they stepped back in time into the Wild West. Hikers will travel around one some of the most famous rock buttes in the park, and will at one point find themselves standing in a spot where three towering buttes surround them. The Wildcat Trail is the only self-guided trail in the park but offers some world- class scenery as it takes hikers for a walk through the world-famous Mitten Buttes and Merrick Butte. Start: Wildcat Trail trailhead sign at the northwest corner of the visitor center parking area Distance: Nearly 4 miles Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours Difficulty: Moderate due to sandy sections Trail surface: Sand, dirt, and rock trail Best season: Spring and fall Other trail users: Horseback riders Canine compatibility: Leashed dogs permitted Fees and permits: Park entry fee required Schedule: Open year-round; check website for closures"

hiking
10 days ago

This trail started out easy, however the last stretch was a doozy! All uphill, and since we got rained & hailed on between miles 2 and 3, dodging mud streams added to the complexity of the hike. Pack water.

11 days ago

The views are outstanding. Fun terrain to walk through. Every few steps you'll find a new photo opp. The last 30 minutes is a challenge walking uphill through loose sand, so conserve your water! Go early in the morning to avoid the heat and lots of people on the trail. Do not miss this experience.

hiking
13 days ago

An amazing hike; highly recommended!!

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22 days ago

It is about a 4 mile loop around one of the "mittens". It is relatively easy but definitely try to do this hike early morning, as the heat becomes a factor. There is beautiful scenery and not many people on the trail. I saw about 4 other people in the 2 hours I was on it. Most other people tend to pay insane rates for tour companies to drive them around in their 4 wheel drive cars. This is the only hiking trail in Monument Valley and you see majority of what you'd want. After a while though, this hike gets old as you keep seeing the same few 'monuments'. The last half mile or so is very uphill, so be prepared.

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1 month ago

Easy trail. Beautiful loop. Go early or late to have the best temps and views.

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2 months ago

My wife and I walked this trail at 7 am, one morning in July. We went out early to avoid the heat of the day.
We met about 6 people throughout the walk. The scenery is wonderful and the trail takes the walker around one of the "mittens", seeing it from all sides. Not a difficult walk at all and reasonably well marked. The hardest part is climbing back up to the hotel at the end. Highly recommend it but probably not in the heat of the day in summer.

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3 months ago

Nice easy hike. Very fine sand makes it a little challenging on the way out, but overall fairly easy and beautiful.

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