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The Best Hiking in Canyonlands National Park

Looking for the best hiking in Canyonlands National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Canyonlands National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Canyonlands National Park

  • Moab, Utah

    Hike the Gooseberry Trail in Canyonlands

    4.0
    4.2 mi / 1548 ft gain
    This hike will take your breath away—literally. You will experience stunning views of Canyonlands National Park while literally stepping down the side of a cliff. Once you get to the valley floor, continue on to the smaller cliffs of the White Rim. To get there, follow Grand View Point Road down ...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Hike the White Rim Overlook

    3.0
    1.8 mi / 160 ft gain
    If you're entering Canyonlands from the north (Island in the Sky side), don't miss this quick hike! This hike is fairly level the entire way and not too long—perfect for kids. Follow Grand View Point Road down towards the middle of the park, then turn left at the sign for the White Rim Overlook. ...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Murphy Hogback Trail

    5.22 mi / 144 ft gain
    Murphy Hogback Trail is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Moab, Utah.
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  • Moab, Utah

    Murphy Trail

    3.85 mi / 1168 ft gain
    Murphy Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Moab, Utah.
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  • Moab, Utah

    Murphy Loop Trail

    10.05 mi / 1827 ft gain
    Murphy Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Moab, Utah.
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  • Moab, Utah

    Murphy Wash Trail

    8.51 mi / 1647 ft gain
    Murphy Wash Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Moab, Utah.
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  • Moab, Utah

    Hike to Murphy Point

    4.3
    3.4 mi / 320 ft gain
    Murphy Point, found in the Island In The Sky district of Canyonlands NP, takes hikers on a mesa that ends at an overlook with sweeping vistas over Murphy Basin, the White Rim, and Green River. If you're looking to get away from the tourists, then head to this quiet and often overlooked trail.The ...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Green River Great Overlook

    0.21 mi / 344 ft gain
    Green River Great Overlook Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Moab, Utah.
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  • Moab, Utah

    Hike the Aztec Butte Trail

    4.5
    2 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Aztec Butte Trail is a two pronged out and back trail for a total of two miles. The trail is single track and easy to follow. After a third of a mile the trail splits. To the left, a trail takes you to the top of a small mesa. There is an informative sign marking the way. On the other side of...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Quick Hike to Mesa Arch

    4.4
    0.6 mi
    This is an easy 0.6 mile loop. The hike takes you out to Mesa Arch, which is one of the most famous structures of Canyonlands National Park.If you're out with your camera, you can get amazing shots of the arch with the rugged canyon as your backdrop. Some of the best photos of the arch are at sun...
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  • Moab, Utah

    False Kiva Trail

    1.9 mi / 390 ft gain
    False Kiva Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Moab, Utah.
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  • Moab, Utah

    Backpack the Lathrop Canyon Trail in Canyonlands

    18 mi / 2130 ft gain
    Access to this trailhead is a few miles south of the Islands in the Sky Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park. An easy drive from Moab or Interstate 70. Remember to get permits and check in with the rangers if camping. If just doing a day hike then no permits are needed. REMINDER: There is ...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Whale Rock Trail

    5.0
    0.78 mi / 131 ft gain
    Whale Rock Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Moab, Utah.
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  • Moab, Utah

    Hike to Upheaval Dome Overlook

    4.0
    1.8 mi / 200 ft gain
    Upheaval Dome is a geologic structure whose origins have remained hotly debated for years. Some scientists say it is the site of a meteorite impact while others theorize it is nothing more than a naturally occurring salt dome. No matter what the true answer is, there is no question that this shor...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Hike The Syncline Trail in Canyonlands NP

    5.0
    8.3 mi / 1507 ft gain
    Be advised, the NPS signs and maps that warn of a very difficult hike ahead are not hyperbole, as I thought at first. This hike is a loop around the famous Upheaval Dome on an unmaintained trail that leads you down over 1500 feet into the canyon, close to the Green River, then climbs back up 1500...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Hike the Neck Spring Trail

    5.8 mi / 260 ft gain
    With minor changes in elevation, a couple easy scrambles and the opportunity to find your route by cairns, the Neck Spring Trail is the perfect way to get acquainted with Island in the Sky area of Canyonlands National Park.Starting at the Shafer Canyon Overlook parking lot, the Neck Spring trail ...
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