Professor Creek and Mary Jane Canyon Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.6 miles
541 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips




wild flowers

no shade

Easy, family friendly trail that runs along and through Professor Creek. Be prepared to get your feet wet as you weave in and out of the creek during your journey.

1 month ago

Very nice, but long walk, especially if you are strategically planning your creek crossings. Right now, the creek is low enough that you could probably do the whole hike without getting your feet wet as long as you planned your crossings carefully and channeled your inner gazelle. But, there are lots of chances to slip up and so the odds are pretty good that will eventually end up with at least one foot in the water. The last 20 feet to the waterfall does require that you walk in the water, but I took off my shoes for that part. I saw 2 other people the entire 3 to 4 hours I was in the canyon.

The driving directions as I got them from the AllTrails app were exactly correct, but it seemed like the actual hike is shown incorrectly. Professor Valley road is a couple miles before the signed Onion Creek Road if you are coming from Moab. When you get to the end of Professor Valley road, there are two parking areas right next to each other, and if you park in the last one the well-marked Sylvester trailhead is to the right. On the left there is a trail running down into a wash and then up the other side. That's the right one. You need to stay alongside the creek the whole way. In the first mile or so, don't get fooled into going down any of the washes away from the running creek, even if you see footprints or horse tracks. I made that mistake and had to backtrack. Just under a mile before you reach the waterfall, there is a side canyon that you could explore if you wanted to climb up a makeshift rope ladder someone has placed to get up over a large boulder.

5 months ago

Trail is at the same trail head as the end of an old ranch road that dead ends. Beautiful and worth every minute!

5 months ago

Did this one June 16, 2018. One of my favorite hikes ever. Completely unmarked. Same parking lot as Sylvester but just walk in the opposite direction of Sylvester trailhead and you'll see a foot path. Again, completely unmarked...I was afraid we missed the turn to the parking lot but we just made sure to follow our footprints back to the parking lot. We saw a golden eagle which was amazing but tons of toads the size of a fist and water snakes (eek!!). Expect to get your feet wet. There were plenty of spots where we just had to walk through the creek. Follow the creek all the way to waterfall. We booked 11 miles round be prepared for that.

6 months ago

Great for dogs!

6 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous at every turn. Prepare to have wet feet and cross the river no less than 50 times but well worth it. Even wet, socks help so bring a pair in case. One of my favorite hikes ever.

7 months ago

I loved this hike!! I wasn't sure what I was in for And the best advice I could give is, just know that you're going to get your feet wet, AND it feels soooo good during the hike! It is kind of tricky to find, the dirt road does not have a sign, so I recommend setting your odometer from whichever direction you are coming from on HWY 128. when you get to the parking area, the trailhead will be on your left (unmarked). The Professor creek trail is on the right and has a sign. You will know pretty quick if you're on the right trail because Mary Jane trail follows the river all the way.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Fabulous trail - very easy but watch for the trail head or you will miss it. Waterproof footwear a must. Stunning walk with beautiful rock formations highly recommend. Be prepared to get dirty!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

beautiful. Here's the deal... Trail head is not where it's posted on this website. Go to the dead end of the road. Same lot as Sylvester. No signs, just follow the footpath away from sylvester and it will become apparent that your on the right trail. Incase you care, we crossed the river 180 times there and back.

Thursday, October 05, 2017


Friday, July 07, 2017

Awesome hike. Be sure to go to the END of the dirt road to park.

Monday, June 26, 2017

easy hike, made it to the falls in 1.5 hours. could totally spend the day here searching the side canyons.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Unbelievable. Will definitely do it again.

Monday, June 19, 2017

I did it on Father's Day with my 73-year-old dad. It is a very gentle 8 mile out and back. Temperatures reached 102 but we were rarely hot as it was easy to get into the stream. In a part of the country over run by gazing there was no sign of cows. As others have mentioned it dead ends in a spectacular waterfall. There are several side canyons. We went up one and saw a rather rare collared lizard. Definitely a five star hike!

Friday, June 09, 2017

My favorite trail I hiked in Moab area (late March)! If you're looking for a unique, fun trail, this is it y'all. You get water, canyons, and amazing views in front, to the sides, and above you. Just beware, the trailhead at this location IS NOT Professor Creek trail. You'll want to walk back to the parking lot from the trail head and to the right you'll see the trail going up the dry creek bed. By no means a strenuous trail, but your feet will get WET. Most of the time you're hiking through the creekbed, which was my favorite part. I hiked in Chacos and it was super refreshing! The waterfall at the end is the icing on the cake! 10/10 recommend.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I think this is now my favorite hike in Moab (which is a hard thing to be). Absolutely beautiful! We went over Memorial day weekend and there was tons of flower and cactus in bloom. The water was calm, shallow, and warm. Don't bother trying to keep your feet dry as you have to wade into the water at the end to see the waterfall. Note, there were areas that had a lot of poison ivy near and encroaching on the trail. BEWARE! Also, I am not sure where there was 1827 ft in elevation gain I clocked about 250. The parking lot fills up VERY quickly so be early or you'll have problems parking. I will definitely be coming here again.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Great, easy hike with a fabulous reward at the end - a waterfall! I would definitely recommend water shoes. Fun alternative to the national parks!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

cool hike! beautiful quite canyon. can not overstate to bring watershoes!

Monday, May 29, 2017

A lot of water crossing so be ready to get wet. The views are spectacular, especially when you hit the canyon.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ohhhhhhh my goodness, beautiful!!! I enjoyed every second of this hike! Not one part was dull or not scenic. I highly recommend!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great hike through the water crossings views change do much going in and out,

Sunday, May 07, 2017

fun hike! a tad long for my 9 year old but enough fun to keep him from complaining. the waterfall​ does not disappoint

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Sooo beautiful! Great hike and even suitable for my small dog. Absolutely nothing to climb and in a shallow streambed the entire walk. Very different than the canyons in the San Rafael swell and Hanksville area. Do not follow the signed trail. The trail starts on the other side of the parking area

Saturday, April 01, 2017

We made the mistake of going to the sign in the parking lot to start the hike. This is NOT the waterfall hike, so will have to come back to try it again. Apparently if you go in the opposite direction from the sign, there is another trail.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Beautiful hike

Friday, March 17, 2017

This hike is 4.6 there and 4.6 miles back, 9.2 round trip. It is beautiful and the Canyon walls get bigger and bigger the further you go. Make sure you are wearing shoes that can get wet, about ankle deep. A lot of people that we saw on trail did not. This trail is accessible for all vehicle types. Don't take the first off road fork. Drive to the end of the road you are on and there is a very obvious trailhead with a map and parking area. The trail starts across from the dry creek bed not by the sign. Follow the trail/footsteps that you see. You follow the creek all the way in. It is pretty shady as well. I would say about half of the trail is in the sun and half in the shade. Beautiful views.

Friday, October 21, 2016

It is a really great hike. I'm not sure if this is always the case but there was absolutely nobody else with us on our journey. It was really a nice departure from Arches and the business of some other surrounding areas. Plus, this hike was just so much fun with amazing scenery!!

Friday, September 16, 2016

I would rate this as more moderate than easy. There is not a lot of elevation gained but balancing on the rocks requires a lot of ankle use which isn't super common. I highly recommend bringing hiking sticks for balance. Trail is super fun- there are a few scrambles but nothing crazy. A lot of exposure at the beginning but the last third or so is mostly shaded. The waterfall at the end is super cool. TONS of frogs and lizards! Absolutely no GPS once you get into the narrower part of the canyon.

Friday, July 01, 2016

This is a hidden gem! I was so surprised that there was such a cool and wet trail just west of Fisher Towers. The first 20 minutes is in the sun but the rest of the trail follows a creek and you go in and out of narrows with cliff overhangs. Your feet will be wet most of the time!. Don't take the main trail, it is not Professor Creek, go east or left of the parking lot down the dry wash. Plan on 4 hours out and back.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

After finally doing this hike this past April it is now on my top 3 for hikes around Moab. I have three black dogs and they get hot in the sun. This hike has shade once the canyon walls close in, it has water to walk through when you are out in the sun and being in a canyon means my dogs can't wonder off too far. I also think it has a pretty view. -Heather

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

Great trail! Beautiful walk up the river. Highly recommend taking a dip in the waterfall.

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