Noah's Ark Trail

HARD 12 reviews

Noah's Ark Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Parowan, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

3.0 miles
1,151 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



Three mile round trip hike on a maintained trail. Beautiful views of Noah's Ark and Vermillion Castle rock formations. The origin of this namesake rock is as lost to history as the original Ark is lost to the world. It is presumed that much like the rock pinnacles of Zion National Park which were named by a traveling Methodist Minister who, on a whim, started naming the spires of Zion. Some early settler startled by the similarities of the shape started calling the large square summit Noah's Ark. The Noah's Ark Trail, part of the Dixie National Forest trail system is a maintained trail of dirt and rock. Moderate at the start, this 3 mile round trip (trailhead sign says 1 mile) becomes difficult the last half mile through steep, crumbling rock formations.

19 days ago

First off, This hike should be listed as closed. The gate is locked and the road has been washed out between the gate and trailhead. There was a path around the gate off the main road so we had to find a way to get across the steep creek bed. We relied on other reviews and thought it sounded decent enough but it was very average at best (more like 2 1/2 stars). We are advanced hikers....It is' correctly classified as "hard" or difficult because of the trail conditions on last half of the hike. Most of the trail is not well maintained. It is very dangerous on parts. It is slippery with loose gravel and dirt where there is a drop off so if you start sliding, you could fall. We made it to the top. My GPS said it was 2 1/2 miles RT from the road. It took us around 2 1/2 hours because it was very slow going down. The view from the top is nice and it was hard to spot the "Ark.". We thought it looked more like a tug boat- It is a rock formation off to the east. Its also very hot so bring lots of water. Also I'd much recommend a walking stick(s) No cell service in the area so proceed at your own risk. I'd skip this hike and head to the fee based hike Kanaraville Falls in the area.

9 months ago

Definitely moderate/medium hike. Well worth the time. Peaceful & beautiful. At the top is an amazing view! Lots of slipping especially on way down.

Monday, July 24, 2017

We just tried to hike this trail but the road was closed with a notice saying there were unspecified hazardous conditions. I guess they might be worried about wildfire season? Regardless, we didn't see a specified end date on the notice and you can go hike the Valentine's Peak trail like we did if the Ark trail is closed. 7/24/17

Saturday, March 11, 2017

the pictures do this hike zero justice. it's incredible, serene, soul lifting, beautiful and peaceful. if hiking alone, please bring something to protect yourself, I saw quite a bit of what looked like mountain lion tracks. this home is worth every breath and step. definitely a steep hike, but I'm not sure I would call this hard.. more like moderate IMO and I'm not a super star hiker either.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Beautiful hike. 1100 ft gain in 1.5 miles. Last 0.1 mile on loose rocks with narrow trail. Unsure footing. Hiking sticks recommended. Nice views of vermillion wall at the 1 mile mark.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

There on 10/1/16- beautiful, serene, peaceful.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Located just a few miles from the town of Parowan, Brian Head and Cedar Breaks National Monument, this hike is a real "sleeper". I arrived fairly early in the morning and found the trail covered in deer tracks. This would be a great sunrise / sunset hike with the trail easily navigated using a flashlight. The views across canyon to Vermillion Castle are fantastic.

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