Cowboy Jacuzzis via Mill Creek Rim Trail

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Moab, Utah

Cowboy Jacuzzis via Mill Creek Rim Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.4 miElevation gain748 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleNo shade
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The trailhead for this route is on public land that is adjacent to private property. It is important to respect the private property owners, the residents and the adjacent neighborhoods. These trailheads are day-use only areas so no camping/ sleeping in the vehicles is allowed at the trailheads. Please do not park along the road or on private property, creating additional parking areas or parking on vegetation. Please be considerate of the residential nature of the neighborhood and keep voices and music to a low level. This area is home to a sensitive riparian habitat. Additional traffic is causing damage and erosion in this area. Please be respectful and stay on the designated route. Although dogs are allowed on the trail, there are hot and rocky sections that may be difficult for them.

Note: The trailhead for this route is on public land that is adjacent to private property. It is important to respect the private property owners, the residents and the adjacent neighborhoods. These trailheads are day use only areas so no camping/ sleeping in the vehicles is allowed at the trailheads. If the parking lot/ trailhead is full please come back at another time. Please do not park along the road, creating additional parking areas or park on vegetation. Parking on the road causes bottleneck narrowing and potentially prohibits emergency personnel from accessing the trailhead. Please do not park on private property as it is trespassing and disrespectful. Please be considerate of the residential nature of the neighborhood and keep voices, volume and music to a low level as you would appreciate in your own neighborhood.

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Chris Grenard
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Chris Grenard
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Mellisa Slaybaugh
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Awesome exploring all around! Lots of creek crossing so be prepared.

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Stephanie Hartsel
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Chris Grenard
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Ryan Whiteside
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You can follow Mill Creek all the way back to N. Fork Mill creek confluence but without waterproof shoes (or even with them) there's a wet crossing there, especially if you want to get to the falls.

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Tom Clifford
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Hiking

So beautiful

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Miranda Elder
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HikingGreat!

This was a beautiful hike! It snowed the night before so it was a little slick but definitely doable! Great views of the creek and a nice little waterfall at the end.

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Nicholas Rotello
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HikingScramble

Super fun. You’ll see homes the middle 1/3 of the hike, but the views see still nice. Great for a snow day like when we went. One rock scramble is the only hard part. Enjoy!

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Michael Simpson
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HikingGreat!

Be sure and watch your trail, can be difficult to follow at the beginning. Climb up to the top, should see a house to the right and Moab in the distance. Upper part was smooth sailing. Getting down to the cowboy jacuzzi is a bit steep in places but well worth it!! The spot itself is totally worth the hike, definitely going back this summer.

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sean flanagan
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Rowdy Willigar
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HikingPrivate property

terrible. full of poison ivy.

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Demi Lopez
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Hiking

Pretty trail and mostly moderate. Definitely use the map as the beginning is hard to follow. There was one section that said we were on trail but required us to go through some steep rocks. Our dog is super athletic and we had to lift him through. Aside from that nice though.

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Stefania Mejiar
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The hike looks like a good one but I couldn’t find the trail it took 2 miles going to the wrong direction to realize we were going the wrong way. Basically when you leave the car parking lot and see the little shed  you turn right and go up the little hill and continue going straight. You’ll see on the recording maps that you’re on the right path, then you’ll see a house and the town on the right from far. After we realize that was the trail it started getting very sunny and I turn back around, clocked in 4 miles getting lost and all. Definitely bring sunglasses :D

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John Colosimo
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We did a loop from the top down to the parking lot and back along the rim. The creek is pretty and we had a good time hanging out near the Cowboy jacuzzis. Closer to the parking lot there were a lot of people and the rim trail was pretty meh. I recommend hiking from the top down to the creek then hiking back out the same way. Makes it shorter but you don’t waste time on the parts that aren’t as nice

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Sandra Remson
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HikingGreat!No shadeScramble

Hard to follow at the beginning. The ap helps. You end up on a sandy road. Follow the trail on the left after about a mile plus to get to the canyon/river/falls/beach. With poles, didn’t get wet at water crossings. Very busy at waterfall and quite crowded. Nice Saturday stroll with some scrambles especially after waterfall (if you don’t want wet feet). Check out the recordings at the Mill Creek Trail - at least one of them shows the entire loop. Only 3 hours with lunch and dawdling.

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Cassandra Applegate
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Hiking

The start was fairly steep! After about half mile in it levels out nicely, an is an easy hike. The petroglyphs were pretty cool to see!

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Jitka Summers
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HikingOff trail

Here is some updated information. a. Google maps get you to the trailhead precisely b. The parking lot has about 30 spots now c. The trail is not marked, we missed the right turn leading to the rim and ended up hiking it as a loop clockwise d. Hiking it as a loop turned out to be the best part of the trip - along the creek is shade, you need to cross it multiple times and it was fun! e. Water in the pools is cold at the end of September f. You may not have telephone and GPS coverage everywhere g. Hiking the rim after the valley was sunny, no shade and quite boring

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Becca Konzel
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Hiking

I hadn’t hiked for a while and this hike was the right amount of push for me. Lots of different terrain which I love.

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Eron Osman
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Skylar Block
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

We hiked this on September 2nd and we LOVED it!! Come prepared- there really isn’t any shade the whole way. But getting to the pools is so worth it!! Use the tracks laid here in the app! It’s very easy to get off the trail on the way up. The first push is rocky and uphill, then there’s a flat, sandy, plateau, then rocky and downhill to the pools.

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Brittany Davis
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Derek Erickson
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HikingGreat!No shade

Unbelievable oasis trail! We started late (11am) and it was around 100 degrees. Minimal, if any, shade to get relief throughout majority of trail. No water available once you start past the trailhead until you reach the bottom of the valley where you’ll hike along the stream. Read through the reviews! When you reach the utility building with the Lorax on the side you must take a right. You will see a sandy foot trail moving up and away from the water dam. Once on this trail it is pretty easy to follow, but we had to use the downloaded map a few times once you reach the valley. There are a few footpaths that cross the trail, which become slightly confusing; download the map if you are worried. Along the way you will also find hieroglyphics on the side of a large rock, which you can actually scramble up to for a closer look. This is down alongside the stream. When you reach the jacuzzis it’s a blessing! The stream runs over large rocks and creates a roughly 6-foot deep pool of warm water. You can jump off and into the water with ease! We brought our water shoes and hiked down along the stream for a while but could not find anything close to what was at the jacuzzi spot. At the jacuzzi spot you also have a large rock overhang that has enough room to lay down and have shade. Even took a small nap before heading out back to the car. We used daypacks with 2L water bladders and also brought a 1L Nalgene with Gatorade. We drank almost all of our liquid as there is just flat out no shade. We took about 3 hours total but we move a little quick. Only difficult portions are going down and coming out of the valley next to the stream. There was also no one else on the trail, but it was a Monday and kind of late to do a Moab summer hike.

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