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Confluence Overlook Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Confluence Overlook Trail is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moab, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 11.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,345 feet Route Type: Loop



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


no shade

no dogs

Unlike other hikes in the district, this trail traverses mostly dry, open country along the northern edge of the geologic faults that shaped the Needles. Trail ends at a cliff overlooking the junction of the Green and Colorado rivers. At-large camping only. No water.

8 months ago

We did this hike in late October, so it was cool enough to be pleasant. Wouldn’t want to do this hike if it was over 70 degrees. We’re in our mid-sixties, and felt the hike was not worth the view at the end. We almost needed a rope to scale one of the boulders, and had to use our hands pretty frequently to either hoist ourselves up, or lower ourselves down. Also, the Jeep track isn’t much fun, dry, dusty and not very scenic. We much preferred Chesler Park and Squaw to Big Spring Canyon! They’re long, and fairly difficult in places, but the views are way worth it!

8 months ago

Great hike with interesting sceneryalong the way. Some hard patches as well as some fairly easy stretches. Bring lots of water. Vegetation is dominated by juniper, piñon, live oak, and other hardy species. The scene of two different colored rivers mixing is cool. Great echoes yodeling (yes it’s worth it) at the overlook.

9 months ago

Epic views and a wonderful hike with light scrambling. The last mile of the return was a little tiring.

11 months ago

It's a great medium difficulty hike. You can call it hard if you estimate the scrambling in a couple of sections doesn't qualify for a medium walk. In summer, it is difficult regardless. I did it in spring so it was fine, but there is no shade, so beware if you do it under the summer sun. Beautiful mushroom rocks, canyons, juniper trees, it is all about the journey. The Overlook is nice, but the color is pretty uniform, so it must be a better spot at sunset or sunrise. Also, you join a 4WD track at some point, so you're not hiking on a trail all the time. I saw several people in a 4x4 and was disappointed by that.

Friday, June 22, 2018

great hike. bring plenty of water. fantastic views.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Great hike - be careful and bring a lot of water. The hike back is as difficult as the hike out due to the up and downs of the terrain.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Interestingly enough, the hike itself is the best part. There are several climbs into and out of small canyons, so beware that this hike is equally difficult the way there and back. The view is great, but we came to find the confluence of two brown colored rivers which overall diminished the quality of the view. However, the hike itself shows great diversity of the many aspects of the park including several views of the needles and other very unique rock formations.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Great hike thru some beautiful country, we go in spring (late March,early April) as temps are cooler, take plenty of water anyway you'll need it. about 15 minutes in, you'll need to climb a small/sturdy ladder to get out of canyon #1,The trail is cairned well. Great views throughout towards Chesler Pk area, view of the two rivers mixing is awesome, one cannot access the river(s) from the overlook as it is pretty much 1,200 ft. straight down from viewing area. You can also see the Island in the Sky area, have hiked it 3 times now and never gets old. It takes a better part of a day by the time you drive from Moab.on trip #1, the only confusing part of the trail to me, was about 3/4 of the way there, the trail crosses the 4WD road and it feels like you should follow it, just cross the road to trail on other side. ( the 4WD road eventually ties back in with trail to the overlook, but will take you a long way out of the way. Happy hiking, be safe, lots o water!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Pretty! Took my husband and I about 5 hours to complete!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fun trail with breathtaking sights. I would highly recommend this hike.

off road driving
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Great view of the confluence

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hard hike, but worth it

Thursday, March 31, 2016

It was a fun hike with fun climbs.

Friday, May 29, 2015

I did this hike late last spring. Wonderful hike but make sure to bring lots of water

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Gorgeously astounding! Its one of those places that make you sit back just to appreciate its beauty and vastness. There is an old uranium mine off the side that never was closed up, so its remnants still remain. Every year I've been here I've encountered huge bear poop and prints on the canyon floor (trail to kirks cabin), but have never seen it. Wedding ring arch is also over the side (steep slip slope to get to).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Great Needles hike. Would be best to do during fall and spring. Summer temps get very hot here and the trial is very exposed. Winter ice on some of the steep slickrock sections can pose a hazard.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Excellent hike along the canyon. Loved the train, mainly marked by cairns, as it let to the confluence. The Green and the Colorado feed from completely different basins have carry different sediment loads. Seeing the the rivers mix is pretty cool.

scenic driving
Monday, February 28, 2011

Canyonlands overlook viewpoint provides an excellent view into Canyonlands National Park, Utah. It would be fine if it were anywhere else...But since it has to compare against the Grand Canyon, it kind of pales into insignificance.

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