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Goin' to Moab late April. Any suggestions for some 6 or so mile days hikes. Shorter is OK as we will do a couple. Will hot Island  at some point. Needles probably. Life would say it is what it is. I say good. Help would be good. Thanks and good health to you and yours. Peace on earth.

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LOTS of hikes to choose from, many of them not in the National Parks but on the surrounding BLM land.  Off the top of my head, here's just a few that I've done:

Shorter:

Delicate Arch trail at Arches NP;  Gotta do this one of course.

Murphy Point Overlook at Island In The Sky; Easy walk to a another great overlook.

Fisher Towers; You should recognize them even if you've never heard of them before, along the Colorado River.

Moab Rim; also a 4WD trail, but no problems with them, they don't go real fast.

Longer:

Neck Spring Loop at Island In The Sky; Good intro hike to Canyonlands NP.

Devil's Garden Loop at Arches; a must-do as well, go out to Double-O arch then continue on the "Primitive" Loop, the Dark Angel is a short side trip from the loop.

Murphy Trail/Loop at Island In The Sky; Not the Murphy Point trail, this one goes down to the White Rim, circles around then goes back up. Part of it is on the White Rim Road, once down there you can wander around as much as you want.

Chesler Park Loop/Joint Trail at Needles; LOTS of dayhike options in the Needles, this loop is a "classic" one. Return via the Joint Trail to make it extra special.

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Behind the Rocks area just west of town. A ton of rock fins here, with one wag describing the hiking as similar to being between the sliced pieces of a loaf of bread.

And possible this is the same as what IceAgeHiker listed as the Moab Rim.

One awesome trick in the Moab area (not a dayhike) is to canoe the Green R. above the Confluence. River is benign, picture the Lower Wisconsin but flanked by Canyonlands scenery -- arches, slickrock, ruins. All with a comfy canoe camp. A credible nominee for "best flatwater trip around."
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I think area visitors make a HUGE mistake if they insist on staying in Moab every night. Makes the Needles, Natural Bridges, Cedar Mesa, etc., heck of a long days.

I'm a person that thinks Natural Bridges is more spectacular than Arches. Do the less than 9 mile loop, its WORTH IT. If you can't do that then cut it short but be sure Sipapu is walked under.

I'd keep an eye on the thermometer. Forecast is for considerably above average temps.


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Everytime I go to Moab, I drive up Kane Creek Canyon, just west of town.  The rocks are spectacular, there are multiple dozens of free campsites, there's a freshwater spring along the road...along with pit bathrooms, and lots of great dayhikes.

Go to the visitors center in Moab to buy maps and ask questions
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The most popular hike off of Kane Creek is along the bottom of Hunter Canyon, which, after 6 miles, ends in an impenetrable jungle-swamp, a rarity in the desert.

But there are many other hikes along Kane Creek Canyon, much higher with spectacular views and ancient Anasazi dwellings and petroglyphs...

Buy the "Moab West" mountain-biking trail map, it's great for hiking too.
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Besides the Delicate Arch hike, done early or at sunset, I liked the Fiery Furnace.  You have to have a permit, and you have to like doing a bit of easy climbing.
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Murphy Trail/Loop at Island In The Sky; Not the Murphy Point trail, this one goes down to the White Rim, circles around then goes back up. Part of it is on the White Rim Road, once down there you can wander around as much as you want.

Tom

Such a dramatic scene.  Once you get down from the switchbacks, and hike out from the wall, you are surrounded by some of the most dramatic views in southern Utah.  Even better if you camp at one of the sites on the white rim road here.  Awesome suggestion, and great for anyone's first trip to the area.  Also a great long day hike for someone staying moab


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I'm a person that thinks Natural Bridges is more spectacular than Arches. Do the less than 9 mile loop, its WORTH IT. If you can't do that then cut it short but be sure Sipapu is walked under.

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Well, the king of all dayhiking places in Utah is 60 miles south of Moab, at the Squaw Flats CG in Canyonlands Needles NP... the greatest dayhike here is the world-class Chesler Park Loop, 11 miles of spectacular rock needles, arches,  balancing rocks and deep underground joint trails...

Squaw Flats Campground itself is beautiful and bizarre...you camp among huge pink and white rock formations that look like mushrooms.

You have to reserve sites in advance, but if you don't have a reservation, you have two almost equally beautiful camping alternatives: The Outpost, right outside the park entrance, where they have 30 beautiful sites that include hot showers, or the Indian Creek overflow camping area, free if you drive past the fee area, where there are hundreds of free primitive, car-campsites.

This is where all the loud late-night parties happen, and it is my own preferred place to stay in the Canyonlands. (I love falling to sleep to the sounds of loud music, drunken yelling, and gunfire...)

It reminds me of home.
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Well, the king of all dayhiking places in Utah is 60 miles south of Moab, at the Squaw Flats CG in Canyonlands Needles NP... the greatest dayhike here is the world-class Chesler Park Loop, 11 miles of spectacular rock needles, arches,  balancing rocks and deep underground joint trails...

Squaw Flats Campground itself is beautiful and bizarre...you camp among huge pink and white rock formations that look like mushrooms.

You have to reserve sites in advance, but if you don't have a reservation, you have two almost equally beautiful camping alternatives: The Outpost, right outside the park entrance, where they have 30 beautiful sites that include hot showers, or the Indian Creek overflow camping area, free if you drive past the fee area, where there are hundreds of free primitive, car-campsites.

This is where all the loud late-night parties happen, and it is my own preferred place to stay in the Canyonlands. (I love falling to sleep to the sounds of loud music, drunken yelling, and gunfire...)

It reminds me of home.

I agree with this too!  And by 60 miles south your talking about roughly a two hour drive, which is why I would recommend camping down there as well.

One of the best, most unique hiking areas in southern Utah, and quite a few options as well


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