Explore the most popular hiking trails near Vernal with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A mini sized version of Goblin Valley. Fun place to see but kind of a drive. We spent less than an hour here. I bet this place would be incredible during a sunset.

hiking
5 days ago

We chose this as our first family hike with our four kids ages 3-10. We had a blast! Very few rough places, and the end point was breathtaking! The kids loved the painted dinosaur footprints that mark the path, and seeing the real dino tracks at the end was pretty incredible!

Fun hike when you finally get there, Google directions suck. We did it just as the sun was going down.

hiking
9 days ago

Fun, some nice views. Very much high desert. I did the whole hike in about 4 hours, ground hogs and giant Turkey Vultures.

hiking
13 days ago

Hard to find the trail. Heading from Vernal, go past the Steinaker SP about 1/2 mile or so. The exit to the trail is on the curve to your left and it’s very hard to see it. Gravel road for a 3/4 mile or so. On the left you will see a little sign with the trail name. Turn left and go down this for a little bit and you will park to the left and walk to the trail over the green cattle guard thing. The arch will be in the mountains to your front right.
Nice short hike. Be ready for walking in sand for a while. I had to dump my shoes out afterwards...that was my only negative about this hike...but God created it like this so we will roll with it.

hiking
18 days ago

Great for kids! Sandy but fun!

Pretty good trail, fun for your family, nice beach at the end!

trail running
23 days ago

Such a fun trail! I’d rate it more moderate for trail running due to the slick rocks and sand but it would definitely be an easy hike. Absolutely gorgeous views and lead to the reservoir where you can jump in to cool off and then look for the dinosaur tracks. Would be really fun to take kids on this hike.

24 days ago

This was such an awesome way to finish out a day spent at Dinosaur National Monument. It's a very short drive from Vernal and while the road got bumpy, my Civic made it just fine. you definitely would need a high-clearance AWD vehicle, and some cajones, to drive all the way up to the arch. My 5 y/o loved exploring along the way and we got some amazing photos and views out of this nice short hike.

Hiked with Matt Tomlinson. Nice, well maintained trail. We watched a storm roll in.

This trail connects up with the slightly more scenic Sounds of Silence trail, which has its own reviews on the AllTrails website. If you do both loops, it will be a not terribly strenuous 5.5 miles. I did the loop using the connector from the Sounds of Silence trail and did not go all the way down to the Split Mountain Campground. Very well maintained and marked trail with many informational signs posted along the way, most of which suggest that conservation and protecting the wilderness is a good thing. I'm down with that.

hiking
27 days ago

If you are in the Vernal area and don't do this hike, you are missing out big time. Very well marked and maintained trail, with an interpretive guide available. The trailhead is clearly marked down the road from the Dinosaur National Monument visitor center. You can do a double loop with the Desert Voices trail using the 0.35 mile connector trail, which is clearly marked. If you do that, it will be 5.5 miles total. The scenery is wonderful. At interpretive marker 14 there is an option to climb up the rock if you are feeling adventurous. It is steep, but if you are wearing any kind of halfway decent shoes (no roller skates), you can make it. The one warning is that there is no shade, so I wouldn't do it midday in the summer.

on Moonshine Arch

hiking
29 days ago

It is a challenge to find the trailhead. The turnoff to the dirt road off of US 191 is hard to see and easy to miss going freeway speeds. GoogleMaps wants you to take the Steinaker State Park turn, which is wrong. You can find semi-helpful descriptions of how to find the trailhead on the web. If you have the right vehicle, and skills, you can drive right to the arch, and there are the tire tracks to prove it, but I walked from the gate and it was only .9 miles to the arch. The arch and the surrounding area are uniquely beautiful, so it's absolutely worth the effort. You can climb around the arch and into an alcove. I was the only one there today.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a fun hike! We had 3 kids ages 4-7 and then did great. Not well marked so make sure you do your research prior. So worth it.

on Moonshine Arch

hiking
1 month ago

Once you find the turn-off, there are very folksy little metal arrows that will point you the right way. When you get to parking, go through the green gate and go straight, after a few hundred feet look to your right for a footpath that will save you some sandy walking on the two track. Trail from that on is still mostly an OHV trail. If you miss the footpath, you'll eventually run into another dinky little metal sign with an arrow that'll still point you the right way. Great views from the ridge right above the arch, which you can access from the same trail.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is relatively easy but long, almost 9 miles round trip. If you are not a nature lover, the hike itself is not very exciting. However, the view at the end is literally breathtaking and worth the trip.

Bring sturdy, comfortable shoes since the trail is surprisingly rocky. A hat and plenty of water is a must since there is no shade for virtually most of the trail. Trail path is easy to follow for the most part but you lose it right at the end. Also lots of cow pies on the path, so watch your step.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike with beautiful scenery. Young children and animals should be watched closely and caution used when climbing near the arch. Loose sand can cause some slipping.

hiking
1 month ago

Our family loved this hike! We walked to the waterfall then to the river and back for a total of nearly 9 miles with a 9 and 12 year old who hike occasionally. Not a difficult trail and saw lots of wildlife! A herd of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, some deer, lizards, etc.
The views were amazing!
The petroglyphs were very near the main trail and easy to find.
The trail is nicely shaded most of the time.
Easiest way to get there is 500 North in Vernal - just follow the road east. Simple!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was so great with kids. It was easy and the sand under the arch provided lots of entertainment for the littles that were with us.
The directions made us feel a little bit like we were going the wrong direction but it worked out just fine. Recommend a larger vehicle for the road, but cars could do it. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

A little hard to find, but look for mile marker #359. There, you will see a off-road dirt road to your left. If you drive about 3/4ths of a mile you will see the sign for the hike in a crossroad. To find the parking area you will have to go left for about 1.5 miles.

Great hike! Trail was a little difficult to follow in the beginning as it winds in and out of a creek/waterway. Trail offered beautiful views. Started out around 6pm and caught the setting sun in a lot of photos.

Loved this hike. Not much of an elevation gain so its easy to keep on moving. View at the end is stunning, sat there for 2 hrs.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely wonderful trail! If you do it clockwise it starts out walking down a dried up river channel and moves into more difficult terrain once you start going up the dirt canyons! If you're with a family you could do this first half but I would turn around here as the next few kilometers are challenging and not good for kids or inexperienced hikers. You do quite a bit of bouldering and the the trail gets really steep in some places! All the unique terrain in 3.5 miles makes this hike awesome! It would be very hot in warmer months, definitely bring water, sunscreen, and maybe a hat! Parking lot is pretty small and there aren't any trailhead facilities but there are some at the centers! It does cost $20 to get into the park however but it's worth it because there's so much more to explore!

short, Sandy, fun arch to climb.

2 months ago

Great hike don’t use google maps takes you to wrong place with a sign that’s says not way to moonshine arch. The correct road is on 191 you go north from vernal to mile marker 359 the 4 illuminator posts there is a road on the left take it then signs from there on to trial head at turn around. We were glad we went.

did this in the evening in april. we shared the trail with a handful of deer and wild life. my girls (9, 5, 4) loved it. beautiful.

Very cool. the trail is a bit rough, up and over a few boulders and slick in a few spots. totally worth it

2 months ago

nice arch. trail is actually an atv/jeep trail. was crowded when we went. lots of people marking the rock with charcoal. the trail head directions linked from here to google maps are wrong. turn off is 1 mile past the stienaker reservior. follow the signs. park at the large green gate

Great hike, take an hour, take two. A short steep climb then small ups and downs. Wonderful petroglyphs to be found. Including a fantastic panel that if you are walking north, sneaks up on you around a bend in the trail. Walk slowly and be amazed at what is to be seen. Did the hike with a 9, 11, and 13 year old. No problem.

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