Tuesday, May 2, 2017

7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah

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7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, Hiking in Moab with Dogs
Moab, Utah is an outdoor mecca, and gateway to several National Parks and Monuments, including Arches & Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point State Park. Many people think that because these parks aren't dog friendly, that Moab isn't dog friendly. Listen up hikers - Moab is one of THE friendliest dog towns in Utah. All you have to do is hike outside the national parks, and you're pup will be in hiking heaven. There are over 20 hikes that are dog friendly and off leash - I've picked out the 7 Best Dog friendly trails in Moab for you and your pack!

7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, Hiking Corona Arch Moab

Corona Arch is one of Moab's most popular trails and one of the most impressive arches in Southern Utah. From Moab, Corona Arch is closer than that of any arch in Arches National Park, and dogs are allowed (whereas in Arches NP dogs aren't allowed to hike any trails). Hiking to Corona Arch takes less than an hour for most hikers.
7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, Hiking Jeep Arch Moab

Jeep Arch, located only 15 minutes from Moab, Utah is another of the many amazing arches this area has to offer hikers. The arch got its name for the resemblance of a cut out of a cartoonish Jeep built into the natural sandstone. Hikers and dogs will enjoy finding the trail led by cairns.
7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, Hiking Fisher Towers Moab
3. Fisher Towers

The Fisher Towers Trail is located 16 miles North East of Moab, Utah, and offers a 5 mile (RT) hike that winds through these fin-like structures. The Fisher Towers have eroded into many shapes and sizes - these towers are one of the most outstanding scenic features of Utah's Colorado Riverway. There is a ladder along this trail, but dogs and people can easily hike up and around it, then down a small gully to get to the other side.
7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, North Fork of Mill Creek Moab
4. North Fork Millcreek

The North Fork of Mill Creek Canyon is perfect for dogs, since it is only 1 mile to the first natural waterfall, and is considered the "locals swimming hole". In Summer, be prepared to see possibly hundreds of people here on the weekends. Start hiking early in the morning to have a quiet hike and enjoy the sounds of the stream. You may even see people jumping from the cliff side. You can continue past the waterfall another 3/4 mile to a quieter area with another deep pool.
7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, Faux Falls Moab
5. Faux Falls

Faux Falls in Moab is a very short walk, that the whole family will enjoy. "Faux" is French for "false" or "fake", hence the name. Though this "faux falls" isn't natural, it sure feels like a real waterfall. The 2-3 foot deep pool at the bottom makes for a great shallow swimming area for kids and dogs. The mist flying all around the falls felt very refreshing!
7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, Hidden Valley Trail Moab

Hiking the Hidden Valley Trail right outside of Moab makes you feel like you are in a totally different place - look anywhere in Moab and the dominant sight is the Moab rim. It's known as "Behind the Rocks" - an interesting mix of sandstone fins, large rock walls, and domes. Is Hidden Valley really a valley? Not quite.  It's actually two hanging terraces that descends into Behind the Rocks. Dogs and humans will appreciate frolicking through the fields with no loud motorized vehicles. The Hidden Valley Trail offers one of the most amazing views of the LaSal Mountains, perfectly framed by sandstone and the valley.
7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, Grandstaff Trail, Negro Bill Canyon, Morning Glory Arch

Negro Bill Canyon (aka Morning Glory Canyon & Natural Bridge, and as of 2017,  Grandstaff Trail) follows a perennial stream, along tall Navajo Sandstone, through an oasis of cottonwood and willow trees. Most people say it's not about the destination, it's the journey getting there that is more rewarding. I beg to differ with this trail. The payoff at the end is the spectacular Morning Glory Natural Bridge, which spans 243ft, and is the 6th largest natural bridge in the U.S.! Dogs will thank you for hiking along a stream and to a really cool arch.

Free camping in Moab, Utah, 7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah
Looking for campsites that dogs are allowed at? 
Check out this map of campsites near Moab from the BLM!

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7 Best Dog Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah, Hiking in Moab with Dogs


John and Pam (ohtheplacestheygo.wordpress.com) said...

Cody really enjoyed the Jeep Arch hike and did just fine with all the slickrock. I think he was especially happy because it was cloudy for almost all of the hike. The sun came out for maybe the last mile. He is much more comfortable with wind and clouds then he doesn't have to search out shade:) Next time you are in Moab, visit Hunter Canyon. Charlie will love all the water:) While not a long hike (about four miles RT), it is usually very quiet and both times we were alone. There are usually cars at the TH but they are campers.

Alicia Baker said...

Definitely want to see Hunter Canyon! At this point, I don't think I'll make it down to Moab again until Fall. -Alicia

m.alexlong said...

Thank you for all of this! Searching for dog friendly trails got me here! And I will be taking my two boys to Bowtie Arch!

Btw, sssssick art work on the homepage of you and amazing story of you and Charlie,....I thought I had the coolest story, but yours is way way more awesome! :)

Alicia Baker said...

Awesome, hope you like it!

And thank you! -Alicia

Unknown said...

I also want to thank you for this! I too found this seeking out dog friendly hikes as we are taking our 2 girls (kiddos) and 2 boys (red labs) next week. This was so helpful! We are only there 2 days and want to maximize our hiking time!

Alicia Baker said...

Awesome, hope you guys have a blast! -Alicia

Josh Korpi said...

Great read, might try and escape this weekend and explore of of these with Harvey!

Unknown said...

Anyone can recommend a good campsite out of wind and not in red dirt dog friendly?

Alicia Baker said...

I would suggest the Moonflower Canyon campground. It's tucked in between rocks! Its along Kane Creek Rd, 2.8 miles from Highway 191, left side of road.

keagyt said...

I'm taking my Henry for his first hike in Moab. I'll be there in a few days and was wondering if I need to get him some shoes. Also, which is the best trail for a dog in terms of heat and shade? Thank you in advance

Unknown said...

We did the Grandstaff Trail through Morning Glory Canyon to the Natural Bridge. Wonderful. One of my best hikes ever. The flora, cliffs, stream and "garden of eden" at the end all combine for a wonder hike.

Unknown said...

Is there dog friendly backcountry camping around any of these trails?

lindsdave krank said...

us too! Headed up w/ some pups and kids for the Arches 1/2. Thank you for this!!!

lindsdave krank said...

Hi there, just wondering if any of these hikes are on the river or if you know of any that are? Thx!!

Alicia Baker said...

The only two would be Faux Falls which ends at the falls (but doesn't follow water to get there) OR Mill Creek which does follow the river the entire way. Great way to cool off! Have fun!

Alicia Baker said...

Yes TONS of BLM land. This is also why dogs are allowed on these trails.

Alicia Baker said...

Sorry for the very late reply! I would suggest Mill Creek if its going to be really hot, since it follows the creek the whole hike. Very little shade though, as with most Moab hikes.

Alicia Baker said...

Yes, another great water hike for the dogs!