Best Hikes With Kids in the Moab Area

Today, we continue Hiking Month with another fantastic guest:  Melissa from Adventure Tykes.  She and her family live in Moab and really know how to get out and enjoy the beautiful desert they live in.  Visit her site for great camping recipes, beautiful pictures, and real life advice that will help your family be more active every day.  She also rents out kids camping gear, so if you’re ever in the Moab area and forget something, she’s your gal!  

Living in the small town of Moab, UT provides us with many, many opportunities to get outside. We have a playground practically anywhere we go.  We are known as a mountain bike mecca and a climbing destination but there is plenty of hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, white water rafting and trail running to be had. Living here is definitely a lifestyle and we take full advantage of it.

Below are 5 of our favorite hikes to do in and around town.

Scott M. Matheson Wetland Preserve

This preserve is located on the west side of town and it is a great location to allow your tykes to run loose.  Great educational material is posted at the entrance of the preserve.  There are a handful of trails and boardwalks that lead you to different viewing areas of the preserve and J-Man has a blast exploring the maze of trails.  There is a trail that leads you to the Colorado River and another that leads you to a wildlife blind.  In the evenings and mornings deer can be spotted grazing or resting in the area.  Other animals such as beavers, raccoons, bunnies and many different species of birds can be spotted at the preserve.


Hidden Valley Trail Hike

Hidden Valley trail is a hiking trail that provides a wonderful view of the Moab Valley.  It is 4 miles round trip (if you go to the pass) but you can make the length however long you want.  There is a climb to the top with switchbacks and once on top it flattens out into a valley nestled between cliffs of red rock.  It is beautiful up in the valley and at the pass you can find petroglyphs on some of the rocks.  Along the trail you will come across tiny lizards scurrying in front of you from one side of the trail to the other.  Sometimes if you are lucky, you will see bigger lizards sunning themselves on a rock.  Depending on the season you might be able to see cactus blooming.  This trail is steep in the beginning with numerous big rocks and boulders on the trail. J-Man has hiked it on his own and has also been carried to the top.   



Devils Garden in Arches National Park Hike

This hike is one of the most popular trails in Arches National Park. You can make the length of the hike as long as you desire.  There is a short hill to hike up, a sandstone fin to scurry up and a couple smaller hills but nothing too daunting.  Devils Garden area contains the largest concentration of natural arches in the world and is a great place for the whole family.   Two of the most popular arches are Landscape Arch and Double O Arch.  Along the trail you will see soil that is called Crypto Biotic Crust. Cryptobiotic soil crusts, consisting of soil cyanobacteria, lichens and mosses, play an important ecological role in the arid Southwest.  It increase the stability of otherwise easily eroded soils.  There are many places to stop, take a break or have lunch and allow your tyke to explore.

Corona Arch

This hike is great for tykes. There is little ladder climb, steps carved into slick rock to help you up a section of the trail and a BIG arch to greet you at the end of 1.5 miles. Be sure to keep a look out for Bowtie Arch, which is on your left right before you reach Corona Arch.  Corona Arch has been popular for rappelling and most recently for rope swinging.  This trail travels along fairly flat slick rock but very little shade. Not a hike you would want to do in the middle of the day during the heat of the summer. This is a great hike for a picnic dinner, as we have done before.

Morning Glory (aka: Negro Bill Canyon)

 Just recently this trail has been renamed from Negro Bill Canyon to Morning Glory. I will always call it Negro Bill.  This is a fantastic hike to do with tykes and it can be done anytime of day.  J-Man and I have hiked this trail quite a bit this summer.  The 2 mile trail follows a creek with various creek crossings and ‘pull outs’ to wade in the creek. There is plenty of shade throughout the hike and only a couple sections of elevation gain…just 2 short climbs.  There’s little fish, crawfish, toads and snakes that live around the creek. I’m sure any tyke would enjoy spotting any of the critters.  At the end of the hike is the Morning Glory Bridge with a perennial spring seeping out of the slick rock. Morning Glory Bridge, which has a span of 243 feet, is the sixth longest natural rock span in the United States.  
Do be aware of the poison ivy along particular sections of the trail and by Morning Glory Bridge.
Thank you Bring the Kids for allowing me to share just a handful of our favorite hikes in this wonderful place we call home.

Melissa is the founder of Adventure Tykes. She helps motivate and inspire parents to get outdoors with their tykes. She’s an avid runner, amateur chef and lover of the outdoors. She spends most of her free time adventuring outdoors with here 3 year son, J-man, and her husband.

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