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Eye of the Whale Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Eye of the Whale Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 410 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

ohv / off road driving

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
9 days ago

Hidden oasis! 4 hours of hiking without seeing a single person...

off road driving
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

I’d recommend 4x4; we disconnected sway bar & aired down our wrangler. Parking available at trail head to hike the rest of the way in. Steep Slickrock down the other side; recommend trail treads on your shoes

off road driving
off trail
6 months ago

First trail I ever went on with my Jeep , I would say it’s easy but nerve racking if your new. AmaZing views

off road driving
6 months ago

We did a tour and got to get out here for a short hike. There was water, which is unusual. A nice quiet area with guaranteed shade.

off road driving
8 months ago

We had a jeep so the road was fine. And the Arch is nice - really quiet:)

off road driving
Thursday, September 13, 2018

The road to the whale is doable, but don't continue north unless you have a vehicle equipped for rock climbing. The signage on each end is terribly inadequate and needs to be fixed to reflect the conditions of the road. I had to be pulled out by a wrecker at the very north end of the trail near Salt Valley road when the steps got too high to clear. This is not just a 4x4 trail and I needed to throw out a warning before someone else gets in over their head.

hiking
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Great trail! More like following a road up to the little fish sign put up to point out the arch. Scramble at the end, follow a clear ridge, beautiful view of a arch

off road driving
Friday, May 19, 2017

We took the full 4x4 road from east to west on the Salt Wash Valley road, up the Tower Arch path, back southeast through the desert to Willow Springs Road and then out to the main park road. This was my FIRST off-roading experience in my diesel Jeep and it was exhilarating. I was definitely nervous in a few of the steep, sheer rock spots and did get stuck once in the sand/rocks, but was fortunately able to maneuver my way out (thank you, diesel torque). I also had a small altercation with a rock face (the rock face was undamaged) when I got a little overzealous in the sand. A wild ride. It was definitely a challenge for me, but it fueled my desire for more. I would definitely recommend this path, and would gladly do it again (though I'm probably going to invest in a lift kit before my next adventure).

off road driving
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Great easy to moderate trail for off road vehicles. We went east to west on BLM rd 378 (I can't remember the name of the road off the top of my head) and took the turn off the the arch. It gets a bit narrow so watch the mirrors! Also, the road continues north to Tower Arch but that road is for, in my opinion, experienced drivers with capable vehicles. Nothing super hard, but there is some climbing and narrow spots to watch out for. No mini vans! If you do want to continue on the road, check in with the rangers first to determine the condition of the road as it is not always maintained and will be closed after rain. They told us to go start at the north end and go south, however there is a Double Difficult section coming off the Salt Valley Road. We have a souped up 2011 Tacoma with some kits on it and we made it after a few trys. A gentleman in his stock jeep tried and failed and turned around (we passed him on the way up). This time of year, everything was covered in snow, so that added an extra challenge to the adventure :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Eye of the Whale Arch in on the south part of the Arches 4X4 Road. The south end comes out at the Balanced Rock; the north end breaks off the Salt Vallley Road. Traveling north of the Eye of the Whale is discouraged as there is a very sandy hill that can be traveled north to south, but not south to north. The eye of the whale arch is south of the sandy part, so it can be reached from balanced rock.

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