Neck Spring Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length5.3 miElevation gain666 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Getting There

Canyonlands National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Island in the Sky Visitor Center: Drive southward on Utah 313 approximately .5 miles to the trailhead.

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Christopher Siebel
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Alexander Lesher
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Chris Grenard
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Jeff Guthrie
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Sandra Manning
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Great trail! The sound of the spring in winter was enchanting

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Shalan Naqvi
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Frank Byrnes
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Closer to 6 miles. Some scrambling due to winter conditions on a steep slick rock section that comes out of the partial canyon. Felt Class 2 or easy Class 3.

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Antoine Boxebeld
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Awesome trail - It was the closest one from the entrance since the main road was closed because of snow. Great loop!

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Erin Sumpthing
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This was awesome. I came on a Monday morning and I only saw one other person on the trail the entire time. This has some pretty incredible views. You stare descending into the canyon and then eventually climb back up to the rim of the canyon and finish that way. The last mile parallels the road. Lots of spots where the trail isn’t clear, but the cairns are super helpful to keep you on track!

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Kristi Sawyer
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We had the trail completely to ourselves today, never saw a single person. The trail is pretty well worn and there were cairns all along the trail so we didn't have any problems following the trail. There were several areas of breathtaking scenery. Make sure you bring plenty of water!

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Dani O
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Nice little hike to get away from the crowds. Easy to follow cairns and only one steep climb right before cabin spring. I also never saw either of the mentioned springs. If they were on offshoots, they are not marked. Nice view above cabin spring at the second trough where you can see the remains of an old crane used to haul water up the cliff side.

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Kelly Ross
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Wonderful hike. We started right after sunrise and didn’t see a soul till we were nearly back to the parking lot. The trail offers a wonderful variety of terrain and ecosystems. Cairns are easy to follow and we were mostly shaded because of our timing. Springs were all pretty dry, as to be expected and the water troughs were interesting to look at along the way. We did it ccw as recommended by the trail map and others and would recommend as well. The scamper at the 4 mile mark was so fun.

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Joshua Jacobs
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Lots of ups and downs but more so ups when going counter clockwise. Great views from up top!

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Kristin Thomas
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Loved this trail!! Such great views with so many different terrain types. One steep scramble, but nothing too difficult.

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Matt Reigh
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One steep section. Nice views, the cairns really help. We really only got confused on the path at the very beginning.

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Mel Mos
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It was a really nice trail and the views at the end were really nice. One part of the trail has a log blocking off the correct way so we moved it, as we ended up backtracking about .25 miles. The “scramble” at mile 3.3 was mostly going up steep rock but pretty easy IMO - I only put my hands down once and it was fine with a toddler in a backpack.

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Joy Perdue
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This trail had a little of everything and was a blast to hike!! It was challenging without being overly difficult. Loved the climb at the 3.3 mile mark and I’m scared of heights! My wife and I both thought it was one of our best hikes yet in Utah. Loved that we pretty much had the trail to ourselves too. We saw a total of seven people in about three hours.

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Bridgey McElroy
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Very private with cool changes in terrain

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Dennis Lucero
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Dennis Lucero
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J Panosky
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I have to admit, I did not like this trail. Maybe I've been spoiled by the bounty of stunning scenery in Utah, but to me this trail was just a dry, hot walk in the desert. The advertised historic structures were a couple of old troughs that weren't something I normally would have wanted to go on a 5 mile walk to see. I was left thinking that the only reason this trail exists in this park was that it already existed before the park was made a park. One good thing was that I was all alone, even on a Saturday morning, and I enjoyed that. I agree that the hike should be done in a counter-clockwise direction.

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Brian Vess
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Not the most scenic hike in Utah. Was beautiful up on the rim in places.

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Marcia Pell
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My husband and I are in our 60s and live in FL and we loved hiking this hike. To us it was beautiful and different. We loved the variety of the trail-being down low and being high on the rim, being on sand, slick rock and loose rock. It was really well marked until the end where we got near the road. We only saw 4 other people the whole time. It felt long and we were glad when we reached the car. Living at sea level on flat land had something to do with that. It was a great end to our vacation.

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Alexander Sunell
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Patrick Dilsaver
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Sheeri Bornstein
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Well marked trail other than directly after The scramble, I did get lost trying to find the trail at that point. I thought the views were absolutely breathtaking. I started right after sunrise, around 7:00 AM, and the weather was perfect. Only saw one other person the whole time.

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Adam Vang
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Very easy trail. Marked very well so it’s hard to get lost. The scramble wasn’t as difficult as it sounds and was pretty enjoyable challenge. Pretty boring trail overall as you see basically the same thing the entire time especially after the scramble. We got there at 6:20am and got a good amount of hiking before the sun got too hot and finished in 3 hrs. Saw no one else on the trail.

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Emma Kreil
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Great hike. definitely a bit trickier than expected with the rock scramble towards the end, but we made it through in about 4 hours with several stops, and in the middle of the day heat no less. Bring more water than you expect! We didn't run out of supplies but better safe than sorry. Would recommend and would do this hike again!

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Andie Garcia
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This trail was a lot harder than it looked imo, granted - we were the dummies that just had to hike it midday in July when it was 100 degrees lol. It was pretty easy until the scramble near the end - that took pretty much all of our energy and then the last two miles felt like way longer than that! In fact my watch clocked us at 6.25 total and 780 ft. elevation change. I think this would be a great hike in the fall or spring - but if you’re going in the summer just be prepared!

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