Tom’s Experience hiking to Hidden Valley in Moab:
I was very surprised at how fun the Hidden Valley hike was. I thought it would mainly be a steep hike that would provide a good workout but when we got into the valley it was very serene and relaxing.
The first part of the Hidden Valley hike climbs up a steep face that has rocks strewn across it. After that, the trail levels off in a valley between sides of steep red rock cliffs, and has great views of the La Sal mountains.
Hidden Valley was very green and had some wild flowers growing in it which was very different from the surrounding areas. The trail eventually leads up to the “Behind the Rocks” area and the Moab Rim Trail.
We didn’t follow the trail all the way through the Behind the Rocks area but just turned around once we exited the valley. Exploring the area, you can find numbers of petroglyph panels from both the Anasazi and Fremont cultures.
Dogs are allowed on the Hidden Valley trail since it is BLM land.
Trail Info: The Hidden Valley trailhead is 3 miles south of Moab. Take US 191 south of Moab and turn right onto Angel Rock Road. The signs are small so make sure you are looking carefully. After two blocks, turn right onto Rimrock Road and follow that road to the dirt parking lot. The hike is 2 miles to the end of hidden valley, so 4 miles round-trip. The first part is the steepest as the trail follows some switchbacks up the side of the Moab Rim and then levels off once you are in the valley.
Hidden Valley Trailhead = 38.531613,-109.517288
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