Aztec Butte Trail

MODERATE 45 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.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

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.

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1 day ago

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2 days 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!

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1 month ago

Nice quick hike with a good view!

hiking
2 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 ...

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Nice

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

4 months ago

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4 months ago

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.

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5 months ago