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Ah, Moab!   You are a magical place.

I come to you broken and you heal me.

I have my fears and doubts and you give me love and compassion.

I feel desolate and completely alone in your presence.

I stop walking and listen to the sound of utter silence.

In that peace, I know I am never alone.

You take my breath away and make me feel free.

Your beauty inspires me to create and express only more beauty.

Thank you once again!

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Hunter Canyon Trail

Travel through a deep, twisting canyon with towering sandstone cliffs surrounding you on this peaceful trail.   A small creek runs through this canyon for most of the year.

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Distance: 3.4 miles out and back
Approximate hiking time: 1 to 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 250-foot elevation gain
Seasons: Year-round. Summers are hot.
Other trail users: Horses,
Canine compatibility: Dogs allowed
Fees and permits: No fee or permit required

How to get there:   From Main Street (US 191) on the south side of Moab, turn west on Kane Creek Boulevard at the McDonald’s restaurant and drive west to a Y-junction with 500 West. Keep left on the paved road, which becomes Kane Springs Road. Follow the road west and then south along the Colorado River to a cattle guard. Continue south on the narrow dirt road to the signed Hunter Canyon Trailhead on the left just before the road splashes through a creek. This is 7.5 miles from US 191.

Trailhead GPS: N 38 30.596′, W 109 35.794′

The hike starts at the junction of Hunter Canyon and Kane Creek Canyon on the left side of Kane Springs Road just before it dips through the creek.  The trail is shaded with cottonwoods and willows.

There are spots where the creek bed has been rearranged by summer floods so it is easy to loose the trail in some spots, just continue up the bed and you will find the trail again.   Hike east up the sandy trail on the canyon floor, the creek is usually low so it’s easy to cross across.

About ½ mile in, the trail follows the creek and curves below a tall cliff.     Across the bend is a steep rocky gully, here you can look up to see Hunter Arch, a 74 foot opening.

The trail then caresses through tamarisk and then to bedrock with the creek trickling through shallow pools.   After about a mile, the trail and canyon bend eastward.   The canyon opens here and three majestic sandstone pinnacles rise above the trail.

Continue hiking past the left pinnacle into the wider canyon. The creek runs over bedrock. Follow the trail across a sand bench on the left side of the canyon and then go right onto bedrock next to the creek. The creek tumbles over short stone ledges, filling large shallow pools that reflect sky and red cliff.

This idyllic spot, 1.7 miles from the trailhead, is the turnaround point for this easy day hike.  To finish your hike, retrace your footsteps back down Hunter Canyon to the trailhead.

Options: The Hunter Canyon Trail continues another half mile or so up around the next bend where the trail ends at a pour-off or dry waterfall that is difficult to pass. The side canyon to the south before the pour-off harbors Curious Arch, a small arch perched on the canyon rim.

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The lower part of Hunter Canyon has nine BLM campsites.

Remember you are in the desert, bring lots of water, drink before you think you are thirsty.

As in other Moab canyons, flash floods can occur in Hunter Canyon after heavy rainstorms. Watch the weather, especially in July and August, and either turn around or climb to higher ground before flooding occurs.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM),
Moab Field Office
82 E. Dogwood, Moab 84532;
(435) 259-2100

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