Best Backpacking in Moab

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

  • Backpack the Lathrop Canyon Trail in Canyonlands

    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 hi...

    18 miles 2130 ft gain

  • Hike The Syncline Trail in Canyonlands NP

    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, ...

    8.3 miles 1507 ft gain

  • Backpack to Joint Trail in the Canyonlands Needles District

    A large part of the grandeur of Canyonlands National Park is the vast barren vista at Island in the Sky, but no visit to Canyonlands would be complete without the intimate and immersive desert experience that the Needles District offers. Drive two...

    19.2 miles 630 ft gain

  • Backpack to Chesler Park, Canyonlands NP

    The first draw of this adventure is the roadtrip to the trailhead itself. Set out pre-dawn from Moab, UT and head 77 miles south and west to the Needles District Visitors Centre on Utah 211. En route you'll pass Newspaper Rock, a treasured collect...

    13 miles 600 ft gain

  • Backpack Salt Creek

    The Needles District of Canyonlands receives 6 times as many backpackers as its more popular neighbor across the Colorado River, Island in the Sky. The Needles has an excellent trail network that is incredibly diverse, featuring amazing rock featu...

    33 miles 1000 ft gain