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5 Hikes in Moab for Kids

 

Spring is an exceptional time to visit Moab with your kids. Flowers, cactus and trees are blooming creating a beautiful landscape of color against the red rock. The temperatures are perfect, warm during the day and cool in the evening. You don’t have to seek shade due to the scorching sun. Shade is very minimal in the desert, so spring is a great time to get lots of hiking in. Below are some of our favorite hikes.

 

5 Hikes in Moab for Kids

 

 

Fisher Towers

Length:  4.2 miles round trip

Hours: 4 – 5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation change: 650 feet

Dog friendly: Yes

5 hikes in Moab for kids - Fisher Towers, Moab, Utah

Location: This hike isn’t as popular as other hikes because of its proximity to Moab. It’s mostly popular with rock climbers and base jumpers so keep your eyes open. Fisher Towers is about a 45 minute drive from Moab, however, the drive parallels the Colorado River and meanders along towering walls of red rock making the drive very scenic. You’ll also pass Castle Tower and Parriot Mesa, which are very popular rock climbing areas.

From Moab head north on Hwy 128 for 21 miles. Turn right at the Fisher Towers sign onto a dirt road and travel to the parking lot.

Description:The trail starts from the parking lot and leads down a short set of steps and then runs to the left out onto a small slickrock-covered ridge. Follow the ridge until just after it narrows and then go left down into the ravine. From the bottom of the ravine the trail heads up a small hill and then begins to wind directly beneath the Fisher Towers taking you around the largest tower, The Titan. The trail ends on a ridge with a panoramic view. This is a great place to have a picnic for lunch or dinner. It’s remote so there will be no amenities or water, however, there are pit toilets and a small campground.

**This trail can be hot on summer afternoons due to the lack of shade.

 

 

Negro Bill Canyon / Morning Glory Bridge

Length:  4 miles round trip

Hours: 4 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation change: 330 feet

Dog friendly: Yes

5 hikes in Moab for kids - Negro Bill Canyon, Moab, UT

Location: The hike begins 3.1 miles from the junction of Hwy 128 and Hwy 191.

Description: The trail meanders between canyon walls and along the side of a creek. There are multiple spots where you cross the creek by either rock hopping or wading through. The creek is about ankle deep where the crossings occur. 1.5 miles into the hike there will be a sign at the mouth of a side canyon. Follow the trail to the right, up a short hill and it will lead you to Morning Glory Bridge. Morning Glory Bridge, which has a span of 243 feet, is the sixth longest natural rock span in the United States. Sometimes you’ll find people rappelling off of it.

This is a great hike for young children and you certainly don’t have to hike the entire length. There are plenty of areas to break for lunch, wade in the water, and just relax. Shade is fairly easy to come by.

Summer hot spot!

**There is poison ivy in the area and especially below the pool under the bridge. Poison ivy is dark green with shiny leaves that have serrated edges and are in a cluster of three.

 

Broken Arch

Length:  1.2 miles round trip (Sand Dune Arch trailhead)

Hours: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation change: 81 feet

Dog friendly: No (dogs are not allowed on trails in National Parks)

5 hikes in Moab for kids- Broken Arch. Arches National Park. Moab, UT

Location: Arches National Park

Description: This hike is one of the easiest hikes in the park leading you to a great arch. Reach this hike from the Sand Dune Arch parking lot or the Devil’s Garden Campground.. The distance is shorter if you hike from the Sand Dune Arch trailhead. This short hike is pretty much flat on a well maintained dirt trail with a great view of the La Sal Mountains. When you get to the arch you can scramble up the slick rock underneath it to the backside of the arch. The backside is a little steep so be careful with young kids. You can hike to Sand Dune Arch from this trailhead, as well, and it is a short 5 minute walk to a shaded arch with lots and lots of sands. Bring sand toys for the little ones.

 

Park Avenue

Length:  1 mile

Hours: 30-60 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation change: 320 feet

Dog friendly: No (dogs are not allowed on trails in National Parks)

5 hikes in Moab for kids -Toddler Hiking Park Avenue In Arches National Park. Moab, UT

 Location: Arches National Park

Description: This hike is great for kids to run, jump and wander since most of it is on a vast amount of slick rock. You can do this hike as a shuttle or an out and back. You can also start the hike at the Park Avenue Viewpoint or the Courthouse Towers parking lot. If you start the hike at the viewpoint you will descend steps to get to the bottom and then it’s fairly flat the rest of the way with a minimal downward slope. If you start at the parking lot at Couthouse Towers you’ll be traveling at a slight uphill slope. We always start at the Courthouse Towers parking lot.

 

Faux Falls

Length: ¼ mile to 1.5 miles round trip

Hours: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Difficulty: easy

Elevation change: 154ft

Dog friendly: Yes

5 hikes in Moab for kids -Kids at Faux Falls in Moab, UT.

Location: Drive 7 miles south of Moab on Hwy. 191 to Old Airport R0ad, looking for the sign that reads “Ken’s Lake”.  Turn east (left) on Old Airport Rd. and drive 1/2 mile to the intersection with Spanish Valley Rd.  Turn south (right) and drive 1.4 miles to the unnamed road that heads east to Ken’s Lake.  You’ll see a small sign on Spanish Valley Rd. just before you reach the turn that reads “Ken’s Lake”.  Drive east (left) on the unnamed road for 1/2 mile, at which point the pavement turns to dirt.  Continue straight another 1/2 mile to the second campground entrance on the left. Turn left and cross over a cattleguard.  At .1 miles turn right on to an unnamed, unmarked dirt road and follow it for .4 miles to the parking area.

Note: The last .4 miles from the campground to the parking area is only passable in a high clearance vehicle. If you’re in a passenger vehicle park and walk from the campground.

Description: From the trailhead, head east down a sandy hill. At the bottom of the hill you can take the trail left for a very short distance to the bottom of Faux Falls and the swimming hole or you can continue ahead and take the trail to the top of Faux Falls. Both directions are very easy hikes. The trail to the top is marked with cairns and many lizards can be spotted along the way. There is a minimal amount of elevation gain to the top. Great views of the Moab Rim, Ken’s Lake and Spanish Valley from the top.

**virtually no shade at the top of Faux Falls and a small amount at the bottom. Plan accordingly.

 

*** Please note: distances ,time, and elevation changes are approximates.

 

 

 

Have you done any of these hikes before? Which hike is your favorite in Moab?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks, perfect timing! Heading down from Canada with my father and my 3.5 y/o son for a family boys trip in a couple weeks, we’ll be sure to check these out. Time to revisit some of your older posts as well to fully prepare, love your blog!

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