Hidden Valley Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,171 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

From the parking area, follow the trail up to the base of the Moab Rim and then ascend a series of steep switchbacks. At the top of the switchbacks, the trial heads north and enters Hidden Valley - a broad shelf between the top of the Moab Rim and Spanish Valley. Follow the trail to a low rise that separates the two halves of Hidden Valley and continue along through the northern section to a point where the trail swings to the left and goes over a low pass. At the pass, the hiker will be rewarded with a view of the large sandstone fins of the Behind the Rocks area. The trail continues down the west side of the pass for about 1/3 mile where it meets the Moab Rim four-wheel-drive trail. The hike may be extended to the Colorado River by following the Moab Rim four-wheel-drive trail to its starting point. NOTE: During the late afternoon, in the summer, this trail is largely in the shade of higher cliffs.

hiking
2 months ago

We had a great hike this afternoon from 1:30-4:30. We didn’t find the“difficult” rating to be as forbidding as expected; all four in our group managed it just fine. The views in all directions are wonderful and the petroglyphs one finds along the high-rocks base (as others have indicated) on the right side just kept getting better and better. We really loved this hike, especially because we had the trail to ourselves much of the time, only encountering a handful of other friendly hikers. The weather was perfect today too—cool, a few clouds, but mostly sunny after morning rain.

2 months ago

The petroglyphs are amazing!! Once you get through the valley, head to the right when the trail forks.

hiking
2 months ago

this hike is awesome in all seasons.
bring water and go early in the summer; bring a walking stick and sunglasses in winter. it is kind of a beastly uphill climb in the first half mile; but worth every second. if I can do it; most anyone can.

once you get up top - there’s views for days and secret treasures to be found all over. secrets of nature & secrets of the ancients ;)

bunnies, lizards; falcons and tons of wildlife.

PLEASE be polite when heading down the residential road to this trailhead
•DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE•

hiking
3 months ago

I enjoyed this - this was my first hike ever so may be a bit biased!

hiking
3 months ago

We got a late start,10:00am ,not recommended because the cliffs are in the sun. However, once we got to the valley it was really nice with good views. I could see that this could be a very hot hike during the day but we were treated to a very nice breeze which keep things comfortable. If I were to do this again lat afternoon or early evening before the sets would be the plan.

3 months ago

This made for a beautiful sunset hike. We only saw one other person. It was magical 360degrees around

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5 months ago

Great hike. I skipped the last mile. I’d recommend people treat it as a 2 mile up and back and try to do it in under 2 hours. The first half mile is the only hard bit and it’s not bad. If you do that part late enough in the day it’ll be in the shade. Unfortunately the actual valley part is usually in the sun since the valley isn’t too deep. Great views.

hiking
6 months ago

I loved this hike. As others have said, it is steep at first and then a nice easy walk through the beautiful Hidden Valley. At the far end of the valley you have a choice – you can head up to the right through the rocks to get a very cool view of the entire valley (see posted pic) or you can continue straight and meet up with the Moab Rim Trail. I did both. Once at the Rim Trail, rather than heading left towards the Colorado River I went right towards the dead end/overlook. What an amazing view of the entire Moab valley. It was only about an additional mile and well worth it. Panorama posted.

hiking
6 months ago

Super steep to start, but if you can stick with it, the valley at the top is awesome. Not much shade. This was a great, lightly trafficked trail, off the beaten path in Moab.

7 months ago

Ein sehr schöner Trail mit wunderschöner Flora und interessanten Aussichten. Selbst für Kinder geeignet. Wir haben gemütlich 3, 5 h gebraucht.

8 months ago

The beginning is steep and rocky, but a good workout. Hidden Valley is gorgeous, but flat for a long ways. Overall a great hike though!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful day for a great hike! As others have said, there’s a fairly steep climb to the top of the cliff, then things flatten out in the Hidden Valley. According to the placard at the bottom, it’s two miles to the pass, which makes a natural turnaround point for a shorter hike, then another mile until the trail meets the Moab Rim trail. I had initially rejected the idea of doing the complete loop with the Moab Rim trail, because I thought it might be heavily trafficked with 4x4s, then briefly reconsidered when I talked to another hiker where Hidden Valley meets Moab Rim. According to her, there’s little 4x4 traffic until the trail gets close to the road, and they watch out for hikers. In the end, decided to go back the way I came on Hidden Valley to get the great views of La Sal on the way back, but I’d think about doing the complete Hidden Valley/Moab Rim loop (or vice versa) in future. I spent 3 h 40 min on Hidden Valley with lots of stops for pictures and a stop for lunch. Crossed paths with maybe 15 people during that time, mostly hikers, a few trail runners. Trail is easy to follow and in great shape right now, it got a little windy in parts but mostly blue sky and bright sun. Definitely recommend!

hiking
8 months ago

Toughest part is the first half mile or so but it’s definitely worth it! Going at a leisurely pace it took my family and I about 3 hours to get to the petroglyphs and back.

trail running
9 months ago

I call this trail The Mullet, it is business in the front and party in the back. I took it on as a trail run and man do you have to earn that first 1/2 mile or so, after that... INCREDIBLE. Insane scenery everywhere you look and just enough mix of technical fun and long pacing stretches not to mention the trail as shown above is pretty much a perfect 10K, though there are plenty of options to stretch it further. If you are looking to escape the crowds at the parks here in Moab, this hike is a must!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. The entire trail is snow covered right now for the first few miles, and the first part of this hike is steep, so I used my Yaktrax for the first time and had no trouble at all. It was obvious how to go based on the packed pathway through the snow. The flat part through the narrow valley was pretty cold right now. After about two miles there is a short uphill section to a ridge, and you have a couple of choices. It looks like if you go straight you will descend down to the Moab Rim 4X4 trail, but I went right and ended up walking for .5 miles on a snow free and much warmer path below a red rock cliff. I think that eventually descends down to the 4X4 trail as well. I will have to try this again in the spring when there is no snow and I can look for the petroglyphs.

hiking
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Steep switchbacks to the valley, then smooth sailing. The trail is also a petroglyph jackpot!

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Gorgeous hike! The trail begins with a steep climb and some rock scrambling. Once you Emeterio The Valley it is flat. If you take the trail to see the petroglyphs you will have another climb.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Tough at first then easy. Don't let talk of shade fool you unless you go late afternoon. We yikes about 130 full sun 106 degrees

Saturday, July 01, 2017

We loved this hike! The petroglyphs were so cool.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

I love this trail! The hike was soooo hot but well worth the journey to the petroglyphs. Bring lots of water and good company this time of year (June).

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Don't forget those petroglyphs!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great trail !

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Lightly trafficked, breathtakingly gorgeous.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lovely views. Very pleasant trail once you get over the incline.

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Difficult section at the beginning and end but the rest is amazing! No shade available so pick a cloudy day or late afternoon when the sun is in the west.

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

it's a hard trail. the rewards at the end is beautiful.. beautiful overlook

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

The best around if you want short, strenuous hike with good elevation change and great views. Best in late afternoon or early evening when rock formations give some shade. Get up top, enjoy the view and hike back down in 1.5 hours, including 20-or so minutes up top.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

this was a great hike...heart of pumper and leg burner out of the gate leading to a beautiful hike through the hidden valley full of shimmering rice grass. some great rock art panels and watchtower ruins await on a side trail. if you want, you can make it a longer hike and meet up with the Moab rim trail. start early in the summer and bring g lots of water as there is little shade in the morning. great views of Spanish Valley too

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hidden Valley combines a few of the best desert hiking items you can find, a great work out, views of the desert canyons and LaSal Mountains, petroglyphs, and even ruins. Just be sure to bring a ton of water and wear some sunscreen
- Heather

For a full review check out my blog post at: http://www.mylifestyletoyours.com/03/2016/hiking-hidden-valley/

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Great!!

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