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False Kiva Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 449 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Off trail No shade No dogs
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Canyonlands National Park has CLOSED the alcove at the end of this trail due to vandalism. Please be respectful of this ancient site and do not attempt to visit. NOTE: This strenuous and unmarked trail is not easily accessible nor maintained by the National Park Service. False Kiva is a Class II archeological site. PLEASE BE AWARE: Any graffiti, trash and or damage to the ancestral Puebloan ruins is a federal offense and violators will be prosecuted. This short yet spectacular route takes you to False Kiva, a human-made stone circle situated perfectly at a natural alcove. This trail is not well maintained and involves some scrambling, but you will be rewarded with amazing views that capture the spirit of the Southwest.

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Cody Pump
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manfred st
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Tareyn Farrell
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Can’t access the Kiva right now due to vandalism but the views are still amazing.

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Jason Turpin
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The map becomes unreliable near the end because of the poor GPS signal from the alcove. As you start the rock scramble down look up and towards the right. You should see the tips of the barrier poles that the park service put up. That is where you are going. Use that as a reference to find the switchback path to take. Be aware that someone placed rock cairns going to the left, down and away from the correct path to the kiva. I've done this hike twice and the cairns were there both times. And there were not any cairns leading the final stretch to the kiva. Not sure if the park service has done this to discourage people from visiting the barrier or what. But you should recognize the switchback easily if you spotted the barrier poles earlier. -Best time of day for pictures is late afternoon. -This trail is lightly trafficked. I've done this hike twice and was the only person out there. -I saw two Big Horn Sheep climbing up the cliff across from the Kiva. -The Kiva is much easier to find and get to in the summer.

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Jacqueline Ohayon
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Chandlie Stratton
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This was really cool. The kiva itself as well as the view from the kiva. I would definitely download the map for this one. I didn’t have service and having the map saved me a lot of searching around/wasted hiking near the end to find the kiva itself. It’s up higher than you’d expect and hidden from view on the main “trail”. I also used the map to find the start point for this trail as it’s not marked. There is some minor scrambling and it got pretty steep in some parts. Watch your footing near the end because you’re right near a cliff and it’s rocky.

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Audrey Sternberg
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The final view point was great and the first half of the trail was flat. However, we had a hard time finding the trailhead since it’s unmarked. There were several paths that seemed like they could have been trails that were close by. The end is steep. That ‘short’ 1 mile to the end could easily take a half hour one way. Great views though!

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Kevin B
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awesome view at end, and also very well marked -- you can see the kiva area from above as you are descending so you know where it is, as once you drop you can't see it then

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Jessica K
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Cool view point at the end of the trail. We did it around sunset. There is no trail head for this hike, but you can spot the trail from the side of the road. We parked at the alcove springs trailhead then walked back up the road to begin the trail.

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Dalton Paternostro
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Couldn’t get up to the viewpoint. Was not clear on the final stretch of path without scaling the cliffs. Not an easy hike towards last half

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Jasmine Valverde
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Followed my all trails map but Couldn’t spot the actual False Kica religious structure. But still has a view of the green river and buttes. No shade.

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Alison Schofield
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Gorgeous view of a place you would never otherwise find! Such a fantastic hidden gem!

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mark ellis
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This trail was awesome- the valley views from the kiva are great- it’s no longer on the map but you are still allowed to do the trail but just not go into the kiva (although you’re standing 15ft away from it). Best hike in Canyonlands - but it’s a steep haul out- be sure and download the map ahead of time since the trail is a little difficult to follow but we managed well- once you descend down the cliff you double back up under the bowl to the kiva- amazing views- don’t skip this trail like others suggest. We did it with all our kids (11, 10, 8, & 6)

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Dan Marlin
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Service dropped out on phone and had no map. Short trail but still got lost somehow as the sun was setting. To be honest, the trail says it’s closed, you’re not missing much to pass on this one. Let this sacred space be.

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Deryk Hagey
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no problems following trail with map. no issues with trail conditions. haul back out is strenuous. Kiva is closed by park service due to some twat(s) vandalising it. however you can go right up to it and still get some decent pictures. you just can't enter it. I wouldn't suggest going there for sunrise as suggested by some travel bloggers who have probably never been. especially since you can't take pictures from inside looking out. if you have a 10mm lens you can still get some nice photos though from the barrier.

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Daniel Brasuell
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Beautiful views at the end. The last quarter mile is very steep. Trail is easy to follow... with one exception when it drops down into the wash, but, that is like 20 feet worth of the trail... and once you know it is in the wash, you are set. The last comment was that someone’s 3 year old did it... my friend brought his 3 year old and we call bs. We had to carry that recently turned 3 year old down and up the steep part. Also, all three of the gps devices present in our group measured it as 1.25 miles one way to the archeological site.

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Alex Kuhlmann
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Beautiful the entire way with the most mild of scrambling. Our three year old did it

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Jordan Hoglund
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Paul Baker
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Nice trail

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Jaclyn (Fosso) Tyne
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Best hike in the island of the sky district!

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Kevin K
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really tough to find the trail in some spots, amazing lookout. no one else on it

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