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False Kiva Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 167 reviews
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False Kiva Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.9 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
449 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

closed

off trail

no shade

no dogs

Canyonlands National Park has CLOSED the end of this trail leading to the Kiva site due to vandalism. Please be respectful of this ancient site and do not attempt to visit. PLEASE 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Can anyone post a picture of what the view looks like now that the kiva is closed? Thanks!

2 days ago

Loved this hike. good workout and no crowds. so sad people don't respect this place and that it's closed

hiking
15 days ago

Great easy hike with a beautiful view point. Absolutely worth it. Kiva is closed and you can not access it but otherwise still worth the short hike.

hiking
closed
22 days ago

THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED. The National Park Service closed this archaeological site because people felt compelled to stand in the kiva, stand on the kiva, and alter the kiva for pictures. Please be respectful of this ancient site and do not attempt to visit.

hiking
closed
22 days ago

THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED. The National Park Service closed this archaeological site because people felt compelled to stand in the kiva, stand on the kiva, and alter the kiva for pictures. Please be respectful of this ancient site and do not attempt to visit.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

This was one of my favorite hikes I did in the Moab area. Amazing views throughout the hike and the end is breathtaking. Towards the end it gets a little tough to find the path. Look for the cairns as they guide the best way to scramble to the top. The very ending is closed because some jerks were graffitiing the kiva.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

This was one of my favorite hikes I did in the Moab area. Amazing views throughout the hike and the end is breathtaking. Towards the end it gets a little tough to find the path. Look for the cairns as they guide the best way to scramble to the top. The very ending is closed because some jerks were graffitiing the kiva.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

This was one of my favorite hikes I did in the Moab area. Amazing views throughout the hike and the end is breathtaking. Towards the end it gets a little tough to find the path. Look for the cairns as they guide the best way to scramble to the top. The very ending is closed because some jerks were graffitiing the kiva.

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

E-P-I-C

hiking
1 month ago

Nice scenery, unfortunately the end area is chained off due to people ruining the area. It could be easy to lose trail here, so set or follow cairns.

hiking
closed
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

not moderate, hard, exposed potentially confusing and dangerous for those not skilled. Come prepared, be respectful

hiking
1 month ago

It was awesome!! Not many people around added to the enjoyment... difficult hiking near the Kiva, but more than worth it! We would consider it a “must do”!

hiking
1 month ago

Always a good hike! My favorite

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

Beautiful views and one of my favorites in the park. The tail is marked fairly well until you get into the canyon. Just be on the lookout fo cairns because they are there. A little bit of rock scrambling but nothing too hard.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike, my favorite in Canyonlands. The trail is open, the only part "closed" is that there is a rope right next to the stone circle "stopping" people from entering/damaging the site (which only a complete, !@#$%^& would damage an archaeological site). Like others have stated it is not very well marked but there are cairns along the way if you look close. Having said that, there are several stretches where the cairns are sparse. Take your time and you should find the trail. The only other advice I would give is to keep walking and bear right when you no longer see the cairns. Well worth the hike. The view is spectacular and it is an archeological site.

3 months ago

Amazing views. Well worth the small scrambles to get there. Best hike so far in Canyonlands!

nature trips
3 months ago

Loved this trail! Beautiful views & a fun, challenging climb in parts.

hiking
4 months ago

This place/hike is amazing. I actually did this back in 2015. I had to follow a blog post someone had posted on the directions to the false kiva but that made it more fun. It was like a scavenger hunt! There are some loose rocks on the trail so be careful and wear proper footwear. But the views are stunning and the whole hike was so awesome. My husband was so happy that I took him there. What an amazing experience.

7 months ago

Awesome, more "secret" hike in canyonlands. It's a steep climb in and out, but the views are awesome! The kiva is currently roped off, but you can get close to it. It's a bummer someone ruined the experience for the rest of us by vandalizing it. Be sure to read the brochures in the guestbook box about archeological site protection. Respecting the trails and sites are key to being able to enjoy these hikes for years to come!

hiking
7 months ago

me and a buddy did this trail and the views are Absolutely beautiful. the kiva itself is still roped off but the views are well worth the hike. we were the only 2 on the trail and at the end it became hard to see the next carine but if you look hard enough you won't have a issue.

7 months ago

I'm not sure why this is rated difficult. Fairly easy hike that was a little difficult to find. There are a few spots you do some light bouldering.

7 months ago

Ok so first off, the views were outstanding and totally worth our experience on the trail. Another review gave us the directions to the trail head- parking at the alcove parking lot and walking back up the road to the section of logs. The trails begins directly behind the logs. Follow the path all the way to the sign that enforces no vandalizing the kiva. From there there will be cairns guiding the way. We had a hard time finding some of the cairns but overall they were extremely helpful. The only misleading thing was there were cairns going past the kiva all the way around the other cliff side. We weren’t paying close enough attention, missed the kiva, and kept walking around the cliff side assuming we still had further to go. Once we reached the other end of the cliff the sun was setting and WOW. The views from that side were just amazing. On our way back down the cliff side we found the kiva and realized where we messed up. But by this time there was no daylight left and we somehow got off trail sending us down the cliff side on scrambling rocks and dirt. It was extremely scary. I’m only saying all of this because I don’t want someone else to make the same mistake and end up out there after dark unprepared (as we were).

7 months ago

A favorite! The views don’t get any better and the kiva is great to see. Just don’t miss the fork in the trail to get up to it.

hiking
8 months ago

One of my favorite hikes, it really is an incredible view!! Trail is not closed, just the alcove is closed off currently (Sept 2018)

9 months ago

This is a great and rewarding hike for those visiting the Islands in the Sky part of Canyonlands NP. The trail is easier to follow than some suggest, and park staff was helpful in pointing out where to access. It was one of our favorites at the park. The combination of good views, history, and slight challenge makes this a fun trip for a short hike.

walking
10 months ago

We walked this trail today (sat, 21/7/2018) This trail is def not closed. However that historic side can’t be accessed due to earlier vandalism. However the viewpoint is still accessible and you can stand a few meters from the historic site. And it’s all worthwhile, amazing trail/walk!

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome hike with breathtaking canyon views! We've hiked in Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Arches, and this hike tops them all. The final scramble up loose rocks is challenging but worth it. We relaxed in the alcove and took in the views.

hiking
11 months ago

By far the best hike I’ve done in Canyonlands National Park! Park at Alcove parking lot and walk back about 200 meters to the logs. As you park at Alcove and walk back up the road, the logs will be on the right-hand side of the road. Be sure to notice that the trail path can be more easily identified at THE END part of the logs AS you’re walking up the road from the Alcove parking lot. Follow the cairns from there to the Kiva. Please respect the preserved site on the inner part of the Kiva. The views will totally make the hike worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

If it weren't for this App, I'd never had known this trail existed!! We hiked it on 4-3-18. It was so hard to find off the road, but we parked in the Alcove Springs trailhead and luckily found some people who were just returning from this hike and told us where to start. And cell service is very spotty, don't plan to have it at all. You will need to cross the road and head south and you will see the well worn path...carins mark the way from there. Another thing, once you get to the cliff side and it seems the trail dead ends, look behind you and up. We saw people way off trail and no where near the Kiva as they didn't notice the 180 and kept going straight. It's quite the view and well worth the effort to try and find it!!

Monday, May 07, 2018

Trail head is not marked. I drove by it a couple times. Park your car near the logs and walk to it. Trail is well marked once you get going. It’s basically all downhill. I followed All Trails and it looked like I went too far to get to the Kiva but I didn’t. Follow the person’s comments in the review below. Pass the tree hanging on the side of the mountain and there is a switchback. Great views. Probably wouldn’t do it again but liked the hike.

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