False Kiva Trail

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False Kiva Trail 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

off trail

no shade

no dogs

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.

hiking
7 days ago

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

hiking
no shade
rocky
9 days ago

Excellent morning hike-moderate is an accurate rating as sections can be steep. The kiva at the end, and the rock it sits within, are beautiful and worth staying at for a time.

hiking
closed
rocky
1 month ago

Amazing trail. Park at the Alcove springs parking lot and head back down the road appx 1000ft to where the juniper logs block the road. A well worn trail behind it leads out to the false kiva. Generally this trail is a little unclear, following the drainage of the area with a few cairns marking the way. The trail itself is not closed, just access to the site. We started the trail in the later afternoon, and had a really fun time navigating to find the kiva. The second half of the trail was shaded at this time of day. You follow the trail and walk directly underneath where the alcove is, before doubling back over some rocky switchbacks to get to the alcove. The alcove in which the kiva is built is not visible until the very last second. 100% worth the trip!

hiking
2 months ago

No one knows about this hike. A hidden trail with a breath taking view at the end. Just make sure you follow the cairns. The trail isn’t closed, you just aren’t able to stand next to the archeological site at the top. I suggest stopping at the visitors center at the entrance of Canyonlands and asking about the hike. They will show you how to find it.

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

E-P-I-C

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

Always a good hike! My favorite

hiking
scramble
4 months 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
5 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.

6 months ago

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

nature trips
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

10 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!

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