Aztec Butte Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews
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Aztec Butte Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.6 miles
262 feet
Out & Back



nature trips



no dogs

Directions from Island in the Sky Visitor Center: Drive southward on Utah 313 approximately 6.25 miles to the junction of Main Island Road and Upheaval Dome Road. Bear right at this junction and drive .7 miles, past the access road to Willow Flat Campground, to the parking area for Aztec Butte Trail.

1 month ago

Great views from the top of the butte

1 month ago

Really fun short hike!

1 month ago

Beautiful views from on top of the butte

2 months ago

More about the views than the dwellings. Skipped the granary spur as ice on north face. Left ice spikes in car! Follow the cairns up the butte trail. Dusty stone necessitating scramble.

5 months ago

Great views and lots of fun scrambling on this hike! starts off in thick sand, so my hiking gaiters kept my feet sand-free, and then had to scramble up the slickrock to get to the top. Tons of fun. I would do this hike again, just for the scrambling fun :) The trail was pretty deserted, too, which is always a nice thing. Saw some people having a picnic ontop of the Mesa, which is a great idea!

6 months ago

A little sand and a little steep slickrock on this trail. Leads to a nice view on the top of the butte. There is also a granary as a side trip

7 months ago

A short, quick hike that takes you down to two Pueblo granaries and on top of a rather tall butte. I'm moderately experienced and had a little huff and puff scaling the second one, but little kids were hiking along rather seamlessly next to me. A varied, interesting hike, just wish it were a bit longer!

8 months ago

Nice quick hike with a good view!

9 months ago

we loved every minute of this family friendly hike!! worth it to go past the 'do not enter, dangerous' signs - its just a suggestion. you can't see the best part if you don't. we'll totally do it again. only ran into 4 people on a June morning ...

11 months ago


11 months ago

Nice payoff for a reasonably short hike. The only challenge is the end where you have to scramble a bit up the slickrock- if it's dry, it's fairly easy. If wet, probably not so much. I also climbed on a really windy day, so that added a measure of interest to the challenge as well. Overall a fun hike well worth the views at the top.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

There are 2 main attractions for this hike. The first are the 2 granaries under a ledge at the top of the first butte. Not sure why the trail map on this app leads one clockwise around the butte unless that used to be the trail. The trail itself just leads you to the top and straight across to display sign. From there the granaries are down and to left about 20 ft. Hard to find initially as the "trail" was not well marked here and the granaries are recessed into the overhang. The 2nd attraction is to the top of the large butte. Pretty much straight up the slick rock, which is tough if it's wet. I wouldn't (couldn't?) if it was wet. Fortunately it was dry when we went but I still had to do some 4 legged scrambling. Views from the plateau at the top are pretty good.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Fairly easy hike gives an inspiring sense of ancient history. Great views at the top of the butte.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Nice quick hike. Great 360 views from the top and some interesting ruins.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Difficult scramble up the butte for an okay view. More worthwhile are the granaries tucked under a side butte. Incredible!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The hike was beautiful and had only one challenging part with a small ledge that was a few feet up off of a slick hard rock surface. We only went to the structure to the left. 9 and 11 year olds loved it.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Favorite trail in the park

Sunday, December 11, 2016

short trail with small elevation

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A quick easy trail ! Enjoyed the rock scrambling to the top and the views of the area.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Completed this last Autumn with my younger kids since it's a short one. Seeing the ruins was cool and it was cool in the shade as we watched the cars go by down below.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Not a difficult hike, but there is some rock scrambling to be done. Worth the time to do.

Monday, June 08, 2015

A pretty cool hike, extremely humbling to think about (I mean c'mon, seeing dwellings from thousands of years ago was mind blowing). The trail is primarily pretty easy. It gets kinda difficult when you have to do some rock scrambling, but the payoff is worth it in my opinion. Great day to hike this, strongly encourage you to do the same.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Fun trail to some Indian dwellings. You have to scramble up some steep rock faces, but the views are great.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fun trail with a steep ascent up the larger butte, worth the hike for the overview of Canyonlands National Park. The ruins are on the north side of the smaller butte and are really fun to visit. This was our 2nd time doing this hike, we brought the kids this time and was perfect for them, ages 5 and 7.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The trail itself is well maintained the final assent is marked by rock stacks and requires the ability to be sure footed on steep terrain. I enjoyed this hike and would recommend it for people who prefer shorter hikes.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The granaries are cool. Unfortunately, Aztec Bluff is currently closed. You can only do the smaller side butte.

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