False Kiva Trail

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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
436 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.

5 days ago

Tricky to find but a short little jewel once you do

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23 days ago

Fairly easy hike until you get to the end, and then is just a little tricky in route finding. I never had to scramble or use my hands to climb at all, and would definitely not classify this as strenuous or hard. Once you see the Kiva, you'll completely pass underneath it -- keep going! Once you go along the edge beneath and pass a tree right on the edge, you'll see a switchback just ahead heading up and back. Take this up and you've made it. Will definitely be doing it again for sunset sometime soon.

23 days ago

It is pretty easy until the end as it becomes rocky and you must climb a little. Our family of 5 completed it quickly though. Insanely beautiful view the entire hike.

1 month ago

Amazing hike but I would rate it as hard. Pretty steep and quite a few rock crawl sections. Also if you have any sort of fear of heights it may not be the hike for you. I loved it and when you arrive at the kiva it is a magnificent view and very gratifying.

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1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views! The start of the trail was a bit hard to find. Once you park, cross the street and walk back up the street to find the head of the trail. No markers so just follow the map and the foot path.

1 month ago

Excellent hike, even better view.

1 month ago

Great hike! We went at sunset and hiked back after dark (trail was not difficult on the return with a headlamp). The trail is well marked except towards the end. You descend below the Kiva first then up some switchbacks so if you descend and don't see markers turn around and look up, you'll see the markers and the trail. It was beautiful at sunset. We took a time lapse video of the sun setting. The views were amazing!!

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1 month ago

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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3 months ago

Make sure to follow the cairns closely.