Wildcat Trail

MODERATE 93 reviews

Wildcat Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Monument Valley, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife 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
380 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

no shade

This hike takes visitors past some of the most famous rock buttes in Monument Valley. It is the only hike in the valley that you can access without a guide, so it's heavily traveled, but you should definitely do it if you're going to be here. The walk is on a loose, sandy surface but otherwise this is an easy trail free of any obstacles. Begin your walk from the Wildcat Trail sign in the northwest corner of the visitor center parking area. There is a $20 fee to enter the park.

9 days ago

Fun little trail. Awesome to get close up with the buttes. We were there in December, there was no park fee and we were the only ones in the trail. Amazing to experience it on your own.

hiking
17 days ago

the trail markers get a little muddled at times, but you get the gist of where you need to go. we left at 5:30 pm and had the trail to ourselves the whole time. if you have come all the way out here, you need to do this. the last 1/2 mile is very sandy and very uphill.

27 days ago

Getting up close to some of the monuments makes it worth it over just doing the scenic drive. Do both if you can.

hiking
2 months ago

Breath taking views. Hike was perfect. I agree with someone who said it seems like you are on different planet.
We did this hike on 4/9/2018 in the morning and was only few other people on the trail. Overall trails is marked well , except the point when starting the loop back.

2 months ago

The trail is poorly marked at the trail head. Be sure to start out to the left. After a while the marking gets good. Started around 8:30 and wasn't very busy. Met more hikers on the way back
Really enjoyable, don't miss this part of Monument Valley

hiking
2 months ago

Deep sand in places make it like hiking up sand dunes. Path is well marked and a spectacular experience.

2 months ago

This is a very easy walk around the west muffin butte and it’s simply beautiful and a mistake if you pass it by! The only strenuous part is the sandy section you travel up about 1000 yards from the start. A nice stroll to appreciate what God has given us!!!

2 months ago

If you only drive the loop you are missing the best part of the Valley

hiking
4 months ago

The only hike in monument valley that you can access without a guide so it's heavily traveled but you should definitely do it if you're going to be here. Loose sandy surface but otherwise an easy trail free of any obstacles

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty amazing! Looks like another planet. Went on super bowl Sunday and only saw one other couple. It’s pretty easy if you hike often. Well worth the $20 entrance fee.

5 months ago

Great hike. The terrain was very challenging, it’s like hiking on the sand.

trail running
6 months ago

Part of this trail was used for the 2017 Monument Valley Marathon 4-Man Relay Race. It's a great course for trail running! the mitten is stunning when you're at the base.

hiking
7 months ago

Bucket list check! Unfortunately, we did not finish this one as the kiddo was with us. We are fortunate to have nicked a good portion of it.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike relatively easy but sandy in parts. Way better option than taking the car or a tour. Also drove out to three sisters.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! Better than taking the drive or a tour. This was a quiet serene walk amongst the buttes. Wildlife, great photo ops and a mustang to boot. The driving tours are a lot like a herd of cattle among dust clouds. This is a must do hike! The end is a bit strenuous but if your in moderate physical shape and hike at all it should be no problem.

hiking
8 months 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.

8 months 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
8 months ago

An amazing hike in one of the most beautiful and unique places on Earth; highly recommended.


Amazing, as good as it gets!

hiking
8 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

walking
10 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.

11 months ago

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

This was a great trail! Awesome views and very well marked. I went in the morning and had an easy time, but I could see it being hot once the sun gets higher. The trail is mostly flat, only a slight incline towards the end of the trail.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Really enjoyed the walk. Not difficult and the scenery can't be beat.

hiking
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Incredible views! Pretty easy trail; the return is up a moderately strenuous hill which is by far the most difficult portion of the trail. If you're visiting Monument Valley, this is a "must do" in my opinion.

hiking
Thursday, February 02, 2017

You shouldn't go to Monument Valley without taking a quick trek down Wildcat Trail! It''s not the most well marked trail in places (especially the start), but it's arguably the best way to escape the crowds on the driving loop and see the rock formations in relative peace.

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hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

Great hike with great views; relatively easy besides a slight climb back up to parking lot

backpacking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

One of the best hikes I had ever. The imp soon facades of the buttes is an out of earth experience in this beautiful holy place

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

This was a really great hike. I would consider this to be a must do activity in Monument Valley. With this hike, you'll see some great views of the great scenery in monument valley, you'll also be able to walk around the west mitten butte. Make sure to wear good shoes or boots as the trail is extremely sandy at some points. I would also recommend doing the hike on a cooler day or early in the morning, because the heat and unrelenting sun could make this hike quite unpleasant.

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