Noah's Ark Trail

HARD 8 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.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1276 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

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nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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.

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2 months ago

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.

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7 months ago

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.

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7 months ago

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.