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Best Hikes for Kids in Moab, Utah

Are you planning your trip to Moab, Utah with your children and have no idea where to take them? I’m a local Moab family photographer and take families out all the time and recommend some of my favorite hikes in the area for smaller kids but also for teenagers. Hope you find it helpful!

Best Hikes in Moab With Younger Kids

Outside of the Parks

Dinosaur Tracks Trail

It’s a short and exciting hike particularly when your children are still in the loving dinosaur phase. While walking around you can see very well-preserved dinosaur tracks. There’s just something magical about it. The trail is about 0.8 miles round trip and offers a good blend of easy walking and a bit of adventure for the kids.

Best Hikes with Kids in Arches National Park

Park Avenue Trail

It is a pretty iconic trail almost at the very beginning of the road that weaves through Arches National Park. What will you see: towering red rock formations: Courthouse Towers, Tower of Babel, Three Gossip.  The first mile of the trail is relatively flat and easy, making it suitable for families with young children.

Windows Loop

It’s an easy 1-mile loop, this trail takes you to two iconic arches called South and North Window. Beyond the arches, you’ll see the La Sal Mountains in the background and just the vast landscape of the Moab Valley. The trail is relatively flat and well-marked, making it perfect for little legs. 

Here’s one of my favorite family sessions by the Windows in Arches National Park

Turret Arch Trail

The trail is short and sweet, around 0.6 miles round trip, making it manageable for toddlers. As you walk along the path, you’ll see the Turret Arch. The trail is gentle but very unique. It’s a mini-adventure that will leave your toddlers with big smiles. 

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Turret Arch at Sunset, Arches Nationa Park
Double Arch Trail

Super short and sweet trail, approximately 0.5 miles round trip. The highlight? Two giant arches side by side, creating an enchanting space that will captivate both kids and adults. The path is mostly flat, making it easy for little feet to navigate.

Bonus tip: Double Arch, Turret Arch, and Windows Loop are in the same part of arches and there’s a bathroom right in the middle of them all 😉

Sand Dune Arch

Sand Dune Arch trail is more like a really short walk. But what’s really fun is that the arch is hidden away between fins and the entire area is filled with sand! There are a lot of smaller rocks that kids can play with and scramble around.

Here’s another stunning family session taken by the Sand Dune Arch area.

Best hikes in Moab with Teenagers

In Arches National Park

Delicate Arch Trail

This iconic trail in Arches National Park is a must-visit for families. While it’s a moderately strenuous hike, the 1.5-mile round trip is manageable for older kids and offers the chance to photograph the world-famous Delicate Arch, especially during the golden hours of sunrise or sunset.

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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
Devil’s Garden Trail

Now, for a bit more adventure, check out Devil’s Garden in Arches National Park. It’s a bit longer at 7 miles round trip, but very doable and super fun. The trail is a mix of walking and scrambling over rocks, which makes it exciting for teenagers. You’ll come across cool spots like Landscape Arch and Double O Arch, perfect for some awesome family photos. It’s a bit wilder than your average hike, but that’s what makes it memorable. I would recommend going early morning or late afternoon to beat the heat of the day. Great if your kids have a lot of energy to burn.

Here the link to my guide to Arches National Park.

Outside of Arches National Park

Grandstaff Canyon Trail

This trail is a great option for families seeking a leisurely hike. The 2-mile round trip leads to Morning Glory Natural Bridge, offering plenty of opportunities to photograph the lush surroundings and the impressive natural arch. What I love about this hike is that because you’re following a stream up the canyon, you’re sheltered from the sun and kids love playing with water. I mean we all do! And you get to cross the river about 20 times (it’s very shallow but pretty chilly).

Corona Arch

The trail is located just outside of town. It’s 1.5-mile round-trip trail with some slanted sections and one fun ladder. It’s an easy intro to hiking in the area and the views are spectacular.  

Fisher Towers Trail

While this trail is slightly more challenging, it offers a unique landscape of towering red rock formations that provide an extraordinary backdrop for your adventure. It’s definitely on the more strenuous side but it’s worth it.

Beautiful Drives in Moab, Utah (That Don’t Require 4-Wheel Drive)

Kane Creek 

This route starts just South of downtown Moab and follows the eastern side of the Colorado River. The first half is a narrow paved road, while the second half is a well-maintained and incredibly picturesque dirt road. You’ll see the stunning Colorado River, lots of birds, and stunning red rock. The first half is pretty narrow and it turns into a dirt road that’s pretty well maintained. 

River Road (Hwy 128)

This drive starts just North of town and follows the Colorado River where it cuts to red rock canyon depths, offering limitless views and a picturesque route for families to enjoy. The road leads back to I-70 towards Colorado so you can turn back around or take a turn right towards Castle Valley and enjoy breathtaking sandstone castles. Lots of expansive views that will make even the most skeptical human excited.

My absolute favorite: La Sal Loop Scenic Drive

This beautiful drive offers incredible views over the Moab Valley and Canyonlands National Park as it climbs in elevation. The route takes you through alpine evergreens and aspens, with access to various trailheads and points of interest such as La Sal Mountain Pass, Geyser Pass, Oowah Lake, and Warner Lake. The drive also leads down to Castle Valley, and trust me… The drive down will take your breath away.

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La Sal Loop Road Views

Here’s the entire cotton candy family session of all-girls.

I think that’s most of the places I’d recommend for families with kids. There’s always more to see. Moab is an incredible place with so much to offer – whether you’re an avid hiker or just like to spend a little bit of time outside – Moab has it all.

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