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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

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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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Recordings (153)
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Jessica K
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Hiking

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.

Dalton Paternostro
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HikingClosedOff trailRockyScrambleWashed out

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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HikingNo shade

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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Hiking

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

mark ellis
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 06 2020
Hiking

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)

Dan Marlin
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Hiking

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.

Deryk Hagey
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Hiking

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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Dan M.
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Hiking

Had to abort, too much snow to find the way

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Daniel Brasuell
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Hiking

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.

Alex Kuhlmann
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Hiking

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

Jordan Hoglund
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HikingRockyScramble
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Paul Baker
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HikingRockyScramble

Nice trail

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Jaclyn (Fosso) Tyne
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HikingRockyScramble

Best hike in the island of the sky district!

Kevin K
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Hiking

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

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Devon Young
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Aug 07 2019
HikingNo shadeRocky

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.

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Jeff Moore
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Prior to making my trip to Utah, I had seen pictures of the kiva and was excited. I learned that it was closed and wondered if it was worth it or not since I was unsure if access to the alcove had been blocked. You can get to the alcove and stand within about 20-25 feet of the kiva behind a barrier so those photos of the view with the kiva in the foreground are not currently legally possible. I thought the views were gorgeous anyway and it was worthwhile. I would caution to take a hiking buddy on this hike as I was solo hiking and heard my first rattlesnake around the boulders near the alcove and wondered when will be the next time anyone comes through here. Thankfully, there were cairns when I was there for some of the trickier sections but I recommend using the AllTrails app in case you get away from the prescribed trail. I'm glad I did it and loved the view but I'm not sure I would do it again unless I can get closer to the kiva and had a hiking partner. I included a picture so everyone can see how close to the kiva someone can get from the barrier since that was my question prior to my trip.

Ola Suchon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 29 2019
HikingClosedRocky

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!

Quinn Ritzdorf
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Hiking

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.

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

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