Hidden Valley boasts spectacular hiking, bouldering, mountain biking and rock climbing within only three miles of downtown Moab. Plan to set out for a full day adventure of uncrowded rugged red rock terrain with stunning views of the La Sal Mountains, fins, domes, arches and rock art viewing.
The trail begins with moderate steep and rocky switchbacks until you reach a shelf that flattens out into the “hidden valley”. The switchbacks are fun for hikers. Mountain bikers may want to carry their bikes up or down this section, yet there is plenty of great terrain to ride on the Hidden Valley trail and beyond.
The Hidden Valley trail is four miles round trip. Two miles into the trip, adventurists have the option of connecting into the Moab Rim Trail. However, hikers can enjoy hours on the Hidden Valley trail discovering rock art and save the Moab Rim Trail for another day of exploring. Mountain Bikers will enjoy riding both trails in one day.
The Native Americans used this route into the Spanish Valley. The petroglyph panels and habitation caves show a history of both the Anasazi and Fremont cultures overlapping.
The Hidden Valley Trail is part of a Wilderness Study Area. Sadly, recent graffiti plagues a few panels of Indian history. Please respect the historical cultures so the panels can be enjoyed for many future generation.
Also, please stay on the trails. Walking off the trails disturbs the cryptobiotic soil, the thin skin of living organisms critical for the survival of the great Moab desert.
Head south three miles on U.S. Highway 191 from downtown Moab. Take a right on Angel Rock Road, turn right on Rim Rock Road and you will see the trail head shortly after.