False Kiva Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews
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False Kiva Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canyonlands, 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
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
524 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Island In The Sky District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, United States False Kiva is a Class II archeological site located in an alcove in Canyonlands National Park. It's also known from the famous photograph by Wally Pacholka, showing the milky way in all it's glory. When you get there you'll be amazed by the silence of the alcove and the view ahead. You'll have a view on the Canyons and the Candlestick tower in the distance. The best time of day to photograph is late afternoon, certainly take a good hour to wait for the good light to drop.

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Absolutely loved this hike. It's not public on the park maps, nor is marked on the road, so it's almost like a private hike. We only ran into one other pair of hikers. The incline is a bit sudden and steep, with some moderate scrambling down the rocks but it's more than worth the effort. It got a bit confusing toward the end trying to find the kiva, but look up! You'll find a winding scramble down the rockslide. One of my all time favourite trails.

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Make sure to follow the cairns closely.

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2 months ago

Absolutely amazing. Not a high traffic trail, which makes it even better!

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike! The view was amazing and was a fav of ours on our trip. The trail is well marked, just pay attention to the cairns and you'll be good. The final ascent into alcove is a bit of a scramble but not too difficult, it looks harder than it is. We passed only two other groups of people while hiking. We had our five year old with us and she handled it well. Its a pretty short hike but you are fully exposed so be sure to bring water. If you have questions, ask one of the rangers.

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The trail itself is nothing to write home about, but the views from the Kiva are AMAZING. If you're going for sunset, which I highly recommend, take mental notes of landmarks going in. The train in ease simple to follow, but coming out after sunset is slightly more challenging. even if you get off trail a bit, it's easy to navigate where the road is and get back on trail. This place has one of the best sunset's I've ever photographed but if you're serious about photographing it, bring a flash. The cave is set back too far to get enough light to compete with the sky. I cringed every time I pressed the shutter, but this is one of the few spots you'll see a landscape photographer with that goofy light on top of their camera.