Top 5 Best Hikes in Moab, Utah

 

a couple poses in front of an arch while hiking in moab

If you’re looking for some of the best hikes in Moab, you’ve come to the right place. The splendor of Moab’s Great Wilderness draws thousands of nature lovers and adventure seekers to Utah every year. With its amazing hiking trails and breathtaking views, Moab is an unparalleled destination for nature lovers. The world-class terrain is something you will want to explore again and again!

Awe-Inspiring Hikes in Moab

Descriptions of the Moab outback as otherworldly are not exaggerated. The land is arrayed in amazing contorted rock formations towering over the trails, enormous gorges, and a new surreal panorama over every horizon.

Here are some of the most popular and best hiking trails in Moab:

1. Delicate Arch

Distance: 3.4 miles

Time: 2 to 3 hours

Elevation: 486 feet

Challenges: Steep grade in parts, virtually no shade

The Delicate Arch Trail is the most popular sight in Arches National Park. The trail leads up to a natural amphitheater, which surrounds the world-famous Delicate Arch. The rather steep ascension of the trail is a little more challenging during Moab’s triple digit summer months, making it a more challenging hike for casual sight-seeing travelers. But for those up to the challenge, the extraordinary view of Delicate Arch will make it clear why it is one of the best-hiking destinations in the United States.

hikers stand under moab's delicate arch

2. Corona Arch

Distance: 1.5 miles

Time: 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 440 feet

Challenges: For intermediate level hikers

Corona Arch, formally known as Little Rainbow Bridge, is a sandstone arch near Moab that features an opening of 140 feet x 105 feet! Getting there requires a moderate level hike that requires hikers to climb ladders and use safety cables to complete portions of the trail. Because this trail is just outside the Arches National Park borders, it is free to hike and less trafficked than other trails inside the park. Leashed dogs are allowed to use this trail, but be sure to bring plenty of water and start the day early if you will be hiking in the peak summer months. Along the hike to Corona Arch, you will pass incredible views of Bowtie Arch and Goldbar Arch.

3. Fisher Towers Trail

Distance: 5.2 miles round trip

Time: 2 to 3 hours

Elevation: 1,217 feet (650 feet gain)

Challenges: Moderate, gradual uphill grade

The strikingly beautiful trail leading to the incomparable Fisher Towers brings hikers through a world of fins, megalithic sandstone walls, and spires. The trail gradually ascends alongside the sheer towers, ultimately reaching the ridge and its panoramic view. The walk is steadily upward but not very steep. The trail strings along with the bases of the successive towers through their adjoining valleys and canyons. The main event of the hike is the hypnotic view of the Titan soaring a staggering 900 feet into the sky, overpowering all the other natural structures. It overlooks the enormous valley below and the Colorado River drifting past. If you’re looking for a different kind of adventure, Fisher Towers rafting trips explore the same area but from the excitement of a raft!

a man hikes the Fisher Towers trail in Moab

4. Maze Overlook

Distance: 5.3 miles

Time: 3 to 4 hours

Elevation: 5,184 feet (gain of 964 feet)

Challenges: Minimal. Easy hiking

From the Maze Overlook Trail in the Canyonlands National Park, hikers stand over the incredible expanse of the so-called Maze District. It’s a densely cavernous area with many highly challenging trails that test hikers’ endurance with steep grades out of deep canyons and temperatures often exceeding 110 degrees F. The Maze Overlook Trail is not the park’s easiest trail, but it is considered a good introductory experience in preparation for some of Canyonlands’ tougher hiking challenges. The exquisite Maze Overlook Trail features long, gentle switchbacks and comparatively easy walking.

5. Morning Glory aka Ephedra’s Grotto (Experts Only – read below)

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 5 hours

Challenges: 2 rappelling sections that require the assistance of a trained guide. 

This excursion goes beyond your average hike, and is what we call canyoneering. This adventure remains accessible to nearly everyone with the support of a Moab canyoneering guide. Morning Glory aka Ephedra’s Grotto is a thrilling 3-mile journey that requires a local guide and is a mix of exciting rappels and a touch of scrambling.

You will begin your Moab canyoneering tour with a brisk traverse across fossilized sand dunes where you’ll reach the first of two rappelling points (90 feet / 27 meters). It’s a breathtaking descent into a timeless, water-sculpted sandstone chamber nestled at the core of the Colorado Plateau. Exiting this mesmerizing chamber through a narrow slot, you’ll navigate a brief stretch of scrambling before arriving at your second awe-inspiring free-hanging rappel (120 feet / 36 meters). This descent is an intimate encounter with the majestic 243-foot-long Morning Glory Arch, mere steps away from the rappel site.

To conclude this epic adventure, you’ll experience a downhill trek alongside a refreshing, spring-fed stream leading to the Colorado River. Here your guides delve into discussions about wildlife, flora, geological formations, local history, and more. Although this is a more technical adventure than an average hike in Moab, its a great option for those looking for a guided trip in a less traveled area.

a woman scrambles up rock on a moab hike

At Red River Adventures, we are your premier Moab rock climbing guides and offer Utah’s best canyoneering tours and guided rock climbing adventures. We also pride ourselves in offering the highest rated Moab rafting trips. Whether you’re looking for a family outing or a thrilling adventure, we can make sure you get the most out of your Moab vacation.

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We strive to ensure that time spent with us is time that you will always look back on fondly. We want to leave you with a memories that bring a smile to your face no matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, and no matter how much time has passed. In addition to a deep reservoir of personal experience, our rafting guides are licensed by the state of Utah, have Wilderness First Responder and/or First Aid/CPR certifications, and are insured. Many guides also have swiftwater rescue training. Our climbing and canyoneering guides are AMGA-certified for the terrain in which they operate. Our skiing guides are certified for the terrain, and some are world-renowned for their experience. All of our guides are intimately acquainted with not only the river, rock and snow, but also with the incredible surroundings of the areas we guide.

River Rafting Reviews and Red River Adventure Testimonials!

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Connor Golter
May 28, 2024

Had a great time with Red River. We were a group of 2 couples, so we were able to request 2 ducky kayaks and had a blast. The guides were great, good food for a quick lunch, and it was a piece of cake dropping our keys at the office. Great time overall

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Ahmed Ali
May 28, 2024

Lots of fun, great rapids and experience. "Emily is best guide" - Aaron

Awesome! It was a highlight in our Moab trip. The water was warm, and my kid had a blast. The guides are nice and made this trip especially nice.

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Matthew Toone
May 28, 2024

Awesome experience. My family and I had such a fun time. Our river guide was so nice and informative and made the trip so much fun.

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Davis Bailey
May 28, 2024

The Spi course taught by Derek was awesome, great instruction and a lot was learned

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Jeanine Tilson
May 27, 2024

Great guide. Friendly staff. Very knowledgeable with history on the river. Had a great ride. 👍😊

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Brian Howald, JR
May 26, 2024

I had a wonderful time taking my family of 6 rafting. The guides love what they do and want to make sure everyone has a great time. We would definitely go back and do it again with them.

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Erin Johnson
May 26, 2024

Our family had an unbelievable time on the half-day rafting trip, and our guide Kira was the best!!!

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Linh Nguyen
May 26, 2024

It was very fun. We did the half day rafting trip, if we didnt have other activities planned we would have loved to do the all day trip. Overall,pretty relaxing most of the trip. We went through 4 rapids, nothing crazy but we did get a bit wet. Maggie, our guide was very informative, learned a lot about the area and the sights. And we felt very safe.

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Jake Blair
May 26, 2024

Red Rivers crew knocked it out of the park! We had two girls under the age of 10 and ran into some inclement weather, our guide Liz made sure my girls felt comfortable and safe! Also the bus driver was amazing!

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Nicole Beaty
May 24, 2024

Our family had the pleasure of canyoneering with Molly and Cage this past week on our family vacation. Half of us are afraid of heights, but with the expertise, professionalism, and kindness put forth by this team, not only did we successfully rappel down two (very deep) canyons, we had one of the most fun and memorable experiences of our lifetimes thus far. We can’t thank these two enough for allowing us to see Moab in such a magical way (one I felt brave enough to look down ;).

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Nancy Cook
May 24, 2024

We had a very fun raft trip, with a knowledgeable guide! A small suggestion would be to have a system where the guide could communicate easily with the driver or others, as this was a small issue and could have been a large issue.

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Sara Webb
May 23, 2024

Great morning adventure for the white water rafting. Guide was calm, knowledgeable and good fun, as well as the rest of the team. You feel like you are in safe hands.

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Alcinda Lee
May 21, 2024

Still feeling lucky to have done Canyoneering with a cool group and with Kelcie our guide!

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Jim Hamilton
May 21, 2024

Very considerate and knowledgeable guide service. Highly recommend. Kelcie was awesome.

We booked this tour at the last minute and are so glad we did. Kenzie was awesome - she made us feel safe and comfortable, plus was great to chat with on the hike back to the van. This was such a wonderful experience and I could not recommend it more!

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Teri Staats
May 19, 2024

We had a terrific time floating the river with the guides of Red River Adventures. The team demonstrated and explained safety precautions and how to maneuver in the raft. They served a made on site chicken Caesar salad. Just when started to get hot there would rapids so we could cool off a bit. The staff was exceptional.

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Tracy Murfin
May 18, 2024

Fun and exciting adventure down the river! June was our guide, she was funny, personable and informative about the area around us

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Beth MacLeod
May 15, 2024

I booked a 1-day guided climbing tour with Red River Adventures and I had an amazing time! My guide, Jon, was super knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He asked about my goals for the day were and helped me choose areas and climbs that worked for me. The owner, Carl, was helpful in making it work for me even though I didn't have a car. I definitely recommend Red River Adventures for climbing in UT.

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Bill Telepan
May 15, 2024

Fun bunch of guides. we did the half day and was a perfect way to start day. Sharbo (sp?) was great!

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Rianna Mariman
May 14, 2024

Crack Camp with Red River Adventures was truly such an amazing, unforgettable experience! Mary and her fellow guides were all so knowledgeable, supportive, and kind, and I learned so much in three days! Definitely plan to stay in touch with all the awesome people I met!

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Adora Diaz
May 13, 2024

CRACK CAMP with Mary, Sam and Ben. Fantastic time. Learned a lot. 10 out of 10

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michael sweet
May 12, 2024

Really fun. Great experience. Kenzie was a great guide

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Leif Ross
May 12, 2024

Red River Adventures really went above and beyond with our excursion. Between the thoroughness of explaining the trip and safety protocols, the healthy lunch provided and the tour guide (June) we had an exceptional time and will for sure recommend to anyone we meet that is heading to Moab. Thank you for since an enjoyable trip :)

First timers, outdoor, multi-pitch full day climbing experience- Brian, our SLC guide, was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and patient. His expertise allowed us to know exactly what he was doing while he guided us up routes that were appropriate for our skill level. The day few by and we enjoyed it so much that we plan on making a return guided trip with Brian.

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Dean Frank
May 11, 2024

Great experience. Guides were very energetic and positive and made me feel safe!

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Mountain Goat
May 9, 2024

Kenzie was our guide and was fabulous. She talked down someone starting to panic perfectly and they were smiling to do the next rappel. She made the trip very enjoyable talking with all 4 parties and balancing her time with everyone, which i found impressive. She was very knowledgeable and made everyone feel safe. It was a great canyoneering route with small and big challenges. A great day for everyone. Would definitely use this guide service again.

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Anika Erickson
May 9, 2024

Brought a group of elementary kids for a canyoneering trip. The guides were amazing and sensitive to what each student needed. We felt safe and in good hands the whole time. Would recommend.

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Danita Eberhardt
May 7, 2024

Was a great experience! Kelsey was an awesome guide! Would highly recommend!

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Austin Gust
May 6, 2024

Best money I’ve ever spent! Couldn’t recommend crack camp enough. Mary, Sam and Britney were the best instructors I’ve ever had. The photographers were equally amazing as well. So much valuable knowledge passed down that I’m incredibly grateful for. I got everything I wanted and much more out of this crack camp. Will be returning for sure.

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Serena Stephens
May 4, 2024

Did a raft trip and the bow and arrow canyoneering trip. The two guides were very safe and knowledgeable. We truly enjoyed both and would recommend the company to anyone.

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Jeff Hemenway
May 3, 2024

Molly and Charbo are extremely nice and informative. We had a great time today. The rapids aren’t that challenging but the scenery is amazing!!

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Elizabeth Sorenson
April 29, 2024

We did the the Bow and Arrow excursion with Red River. Our guide was awesome, lots of fun, and knew his stuff. It was a good little hike, not too intense, and had some fun repels. Would definitely recommend for others looking for some fun in Moab.

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Ryan McLean
April 27, 2024

When booking our trip to Moab, we decided we wanted to do a couple of guided adventures. After researching local guiding companies, Red River was exactly what we were looking for. One day we went rock climbing with Brian at Looking Glass Arch. Brian was an awesome guide and made the experience very enjoyable for us! We just wish it was longer! The next day Charbo took us canyoneering to Morning Glory. The hike in, the rappels, and the hike out were great! Charbo was super knowledgeable and made everyone feel comfortable in the group. The whole process from booking the trips to showing up and being taken out was simple and efficient. I won’t hesitate to use them again the next time we are in Moab! Thanks again!

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Hiatt Bean
April 18, 2024

Oscar Hackworth was our Colorado rafting guide. He was next level! A five star, even “ten stars!” kind of guide. From his witty humor to his breadth of knowledge on historical information, our trip on the river was fun and interesting. Only wish we had more time with him such as like on a two day rafting trip. Would recommend!

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Aaron Baker
April 14, 2024

We did the Rock of Ages Canyoneering tour with 5 teenage boys and ABSOLUTELY loved it. Our tour guide, Brian, connected with the boys and walked them through each repel and helped them get comfortable. This was an epic adventure for our group. Thanks!

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Marc Thomas Collier
March 30, 2024

Incredible experience splitboard touring for my wifes birthday. Very professional. Highly recommend.

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Mark Popelka
March 5, 2024

John, an IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide led a backcountry tour for me today. It was a full on mountain adventure with extreme weather. My kind of day in the mountains. John is the epitome of what a guide should be. He is extremely personable, patient, fit, and a master of his profession. A Guide full of experience and knowledge. I learned an incredible amount of information today on mountain travel and avalanche related topics. He took the time to explain and ensure I understood the topics. He also shared tips and techniques that made my experience a 10 out of 10. I plan to hire John in the future. You can’t go wrong asking for John. He’s amazing!

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mark gregg
March 1, 2024

Carl is a consummate professional backcountry ski guide. I always learn a ton and have fun in the process. I'll be back!

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Anna Rust
February 28, 2024

Honestly one of the best classes I’ve take, Jake and Vic are both through educators and great guides. If you’re looking to take a AIARE course these guys are great! I left feeling more prepared to deal with avalanche problems and identifying risks in the backcountry.

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Steve Sherwood
February 12, 2024

I had a great time with John at Red River Adventures doing a ski tour yesterday. We skied around Cardiff Fork in the Wasatch, he’s a tremendous guide, such attention to detail, I’ve gone on nearly a dozen trips with him. He and Carl at Red River make a dynamic team. They do rock climbing, skiing, alpine climbing, river guiding, you name it they do it. Keep it up folks!

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Susan Sims
February 10, 2024

Victoria was fun and was able to adapt for what suited our time for the day. Appreciated the rescue sled tips.

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George Diver
February 2, 2024

Jake and Ben were professional, informative and extremely helpful. Would recommend to anyone who feels apprehensive about taking an avalanche safety course.

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Mike Martula
February 1, 2024

Amazing experience with Sam on my first back country experience

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Liam Doyle
January 29, 2024

Jake and Garth were both excellent instructors, and just a blast to hang out with for a weekend. It is super obvious they both care a ton about providing an impactful educational experience - but they also made the entire weekend very fun. Highly recommend.

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Lukasz Sewera
January 25, 2024

Great experience during our rescue course.

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Derek Wang
January 24, 2024

It was a blast. Brain was really skilled and thoughtful.

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Candice Bithell
January 20, 2024

Spent a day ice climbing with Red River. Excellent instruction, fun guide (ask for Brian!), all in all a great time. Will go again for sure! Thanks Red River!

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Lawler Kang
January 19, 2024

Out of random coincidence, Sam had led me up a trail last year and strongly suggested I take this course, which was AWESOME! The experience and passion she and Jake bring to getting humans back safely and stoked is unparalleled. And the resources they walk you through and make available are profound. Can’t recommend Red River and these two strongly enough. If you’re serious about backcountry, this is an absolute must. I also really liked the small class size. Made a big difference. Looking forward to practicing my beacon finding at the resort.

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Jonas Clem
January 9, 2024

Great day with Jake at Provo Canyon. Very skilled guides that go above and beyond. Highly recommend….