Just minutes from downtown Moab, this 4.2-mile out-and-back serves up jaw-dropping panoramas of red-rock landscapes and endless canyons. From the parking lot on Kane Creek Road, head northeast along the Moab Rim Trail, a slickrock thoroughfare flanked by the legendary Colorado River to the west and towering sandstone rock walls to the east.
Follow the white dashes and prepare for the upcoming climb that begins near mile 0.4. You’ll gain 900 feet of elevation in less than a mile. Crest the top of the rim at mile 1.3 and soak up the views of Arches National Park, the La Sals, the Colorado River, Amasa Back, and an endless landscape of astonishing red-rock topography.
From here, the trail swings southeast along a cliff edge overlooking Moab, then passes views of landscapes filled with canyons, mesas and buttes. Bear right at the Y-junction at mile 2.1 to scamper up a sandstone dome—a perfect spot to eat lunch and savor the overwhelming natural beauty of the landscape ahead of you. Return to the trailhead by retracing the route you came in on.
Note: The Moab Rim Trail is heavily-trafficked by motorized vehicles in the summer, so it’s best hiked in early spring, fall, and winter.
-Mapped by Brian Beer and Zaq Tull