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Mill Creek Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 643 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

Waypoints (1)
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    Mill Creek Waterfall

    Swimming hole

    38.56461, -109.50368

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Reviews (347)
Photos (134)
Recordings (226)
Completed (717)
Andrew Lagerstrom
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Hiking

Short hike to a gorgeous waterfall. It was incredibly busy, and the water was very cold so it wasn’t a great place to swim. Also, the trail is totally infested with poison ivy, like full on shrubs that are 3-4 feet tall, so be very careful if you decide to step off the trail.

Madeline Brady
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Hiking

Beautiful - very busy up to the waterfall!

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Celynda Tingey
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Hiking

Great easy hike to cool down when it’s sweltering in Moab. Short hike to get to the creek and a few more miles will reward you with a short waterfall and swimming hole. Keep an eye out for the petroglyphs. Just keep in mind that this area sees a lot of traffic and gets very busy. Please pack out your trash and enjoy!

Yehonatan Mordechai
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Hiking

Really enjoyed it. Thought it was farther to the waterfall but it’s only about 100 yards from the parking area. Would suggest some sort of water shoes or sandles if your planning on getting in. It’s rocky and slick but nothing dangerous. Definitely kid and dog friendly.

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Nathan A.
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Dan Reading
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Short hike, fun trail and easy for kids. Great for a warm day when you want to stay cool with the water.

Sydney F.
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Hiking

I hiked this with two others and a dog—it was super fun! We only hiked to the water hole and back, but I know the trails goes beyond that. Not too difficult or steep, unless you want to clamber over rocks to jump into the swimming hole. There are several creek crossings, so your feet will get wet. The very beginning also requires some scrambling over rocks, but otherwise it’s a well-defined trail. The swimming hole is about a mile or so in. Lots of shade. I definitely recommend this hike, especially if you have kids who would enjoy swimming.

Brie Stahl
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Hiking

Only did the first bit of this trail to the big falls and water hole. Horribly busy 9am and not a ton of space on the trail to get out of the way. Be prepared to get your feet wet as well. If you don’t mind crowds and taking a dip in a sunscreen infested pool of water then this hike is definitely for you! If it weren’t for the outrageous amount of people this would be a beautiful place.

Tiare Spencer
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Hiking

The watering hole you see in the featured picture for the hike is a dam at the start of the trailhead. There are a few natural swimming holes on the trail, but it requires a lot of scrambling and tracing your steps back because the trail is poorly marked after the first natural waterfall. We went about two miles in to the second hole and turned around once we ran into some hikers who had been up farther and said there wasn’t much after that. Area is nice and it was fun to try and figure out how to keep going on the trail, but overall pretty disappointed with this hike. Probably won’t come back to do it again as a hike.

Miri Roberts
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This trail was a little difficult in the beginning with our big dog, but we managed to get over the first immediate obstacle. Bring your water shoes! You will cross water and I got wet all the way up to my chest coming back. It was a beautiful hike! We enjoyed the scenery and all of the challenges to get up to the first water fall. We went on 6/7/20 @9AM. Lightly trafficked at that time and nice temperatures. The water was COLD and we still got into the pool. A lot of people were jumping into the fall from the cliff, but we did not. We're afraid of hitting the rocks! Looks like fun though :)

Jen Boyer
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Hiking

A bit of a scramble in the beginning and a really popular trail up to the falls. You do have to cross the stream so be prepared to get wet. Water shoes are slippery on the slick rock between water crossings. I wore waterproof hiking boots and had better traction. They dried fast in the heat. We went mid-week in the AM. It got really crowded by lunch at the pool. Lots of kids and dogs. Great pool to splash around in and folks jump off the ledge into the one deep spot in the pool below.

Stuart + Cameron Kroonenberg
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Trail signs stopped after the first natural waterfall

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Nicole Smith
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Hiking

As everyone says, it does get busy later on during the day. I went at 7:00 am and was able to enjoy the first fall with only two other people. I ventured on a bit further to try and discover the other falls. About 3.0 miles up there are two smaller (much smaller) falls that I wondered if that’s what was considered as fall 2 and 3. If not, I didn’t find them. However I veered to the left and hung out in a little cave for a while and then followed the river on the way back down. The first fall when I got back was PACKED. But I enjoyed wading and socializing the rest of the day.

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Elizabeth Crane
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For starters this trail is not what I would consider easy. To get anywhere you have to climb rocks and through water. I didn’t have a problem and had on water shoes but could definitely be an issue for younger kids or older adults. The main picture in the page is the waterfall about 100 feet from the entrance but I didn’t even see it because we walked on top of it. Also it’s a dam so kinda lame. The 2nd waterfall is about a mile into the trail. We kept going because AllTrails said 7 miles and it lead to basically nothing and the trail is not at all marked, super confusing and often overgrown. Not sure if there was something cool at the end but we didn’t make it that far as we passed many people telling us to turn around.

Garrett Fontaine
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Its a mile from the parking lot to the waterfall and offers a great way to cool off from hot sun.

Mara Mazdzer
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Hiking

The first mile to the first waterfall is pretty straightforward and marked often. The first waterfall and swimming hole were really crowded but fun - lots of families, groups of young people and dogs. After that first mile, the trail is practically impossible to follow. There are SO MANY little trails and many randomly dead end and others led to the same place as nearby trails. Overall very frustrating. Many of the trails are overgrown so be prepared to get a bit scratched up. Water shoes or hiking sandals recommended as you do cross the river multiple times. I got so confused and irritated that I finally turned around at 4.5 miles in after the trail I followed repeatedly went on and off trail according to All Trails and it didn’t seem like the trails were leading anywhere or getting any easier to follow. This trail needs a review for accuracy from All Trails!

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Ben Donnelly
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HikingBugsOver grownWashed out

Over crowded. There are 100 better hikes in moab.

Mel B.
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Walking

It was a very easy hike all the way up to the waterfall. You go through a lot of streams & water so make sure to bring shoes that you are comfortable getting completely soaked! There’s no way around the water. When we went there was a ton of people jumping off the rocks into the water by the waterfall but I would not recommend. Very shallow water & a lady messed up her knee by jumping. If you don’t want a lot of people by you this isn’t the hike for you but it’s great for kids since it’s very doable & the water at the end is refreshing.

Angel Bischoff
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Hiking

Quick hike to the watering hole and falls.

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Elise Fields
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Hiking

There are many paths to the waterfalls. Delightful for a dip in hot heat. I can see why this place would seem less spectacular with a crowd.

Renato Sander
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Hiking

Beautiful water falls, hard to find the right path anywhere there and to follow the trail

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Matthew Perry
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Hiking

Definitely be prepared for water crossings. There are 3 water crossings with one getting above the knees. Was fun and a neat hike. It was very crowded like already stated here. Wish we had swimsuits and had more time to play in the waterfall and the creek at the bottom of the mill.

Tori Hockersmith
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Hiking

Bring your water shoes! Really fun and easy hike along a stream. Several stream crossings where your feet will get wet. We started early but it was very crowded on our way back to the car on Memorial Day weekend.

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Megan Coyle
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Hiking

The trail up to the first and second waterfall was easy to follow—very busy but also a fun place to be. We decided to try the “full” hike and turned back after our watches said we had gone 3.8 miles out. Because there were so many trails it was very hard to 1) know which trail was the correct one and 2) navigate our way back. We ended up going two completely different ways each way out and back. Overall very confusing and frustrating.

Shelbi Campbell
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Hiking

Great hike! We lost the trail a few times and didn’t make it to the third waterfall. But it’s shaded for a lot of the time and the water is nice to cool off in.

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