This trail was absolutely stunning, bringing you through rivers & scrambles to the Morning Glory Arch, the 6th largest arch in the world. The trailhead is just a few minutes from downtown Moab along 191 and it’s a busy one, but we went around 8am and saw very few people on the way out.
If you find the trail on Alltrails, the distance is very off – they have it at 5.7 miles where it’s only 2 1/4 miles to the arch making it around 4.5 miles round trip. The elevation gain also is quite a bit lower, so it’s definitely an approachable hike & we saw plenty of families on the way back. It’s also dog friendly!
A couple of things to note: Quite a few stream crossings so waterproof boots are ideal. Also, there’s a ton of Poison Ivy along the trail & at the arch so be careful!
I love this hike because it almost feels tropical, which is a funny feeling in the middle of the desert. You’re hiking along the river the whole way with plenty of shade and a few stream crossings. The trail gets a little tricky to follow with some of the crossings, but the way the trails go it’s fairly obvious after a few steps.
Morning Glory Arch is incredible and famously not very photogenic.
It’s just so massive it’s hard to capture on camera, but it almost makes it more impressive and forces you to be in the moment and just enjoy. It’s the sixth largest arch in the world at 243 ft. long.