Dog-Friendly Trails in Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah has a lot of dog-friendly trails on public lands that you and your dog are welcome to go hiking on. Plus, the dog friendly trails are also close to some beautiful national parks. Your dog, and the whole family, will have fun with cool streams to splash in and lots of rocks and arches to run around. Moab’s basically a playground for dogs! So here’s some of the best trails to go hiking on with your dog in Moab, Utah.
Poison Spider Mesa Trail
The Poison Spider Mesa trail is one of the most popular trails in Moab, and many people often add on the Golden Spike and Gold Bar Rim to their hike since they’re close by. There are a few challenging parts of the Poison Spider trail, but its challenge comes with great views of the Colorado River and Little Arch. The best time to hike the Poison Spider trail is in the spring or fall, but it is open all year round. The difficulty level is a little high, but you and your dog will love going up to the canyon’s edge to check out Moab from above.
Corona Arch Trail
The Corona Arch trail is an easy hike that takes you to a freestanding arch that is 140 ft. by 105 ft at the opening which is directly adjacent to the Bowtie Arch. Most of the hike is up Bootlegger Canyon which offers great views of the Colorado river and has one of the larger slickrock canyons in Moab. Most dogs can handle this hike, however if your dog gets nervous on steps, this adventure may not be for you. The Corona Arch trail’s second cable has steps cut into the slickrock and a couple steep climbs you have to hike up at first. If your dog is comfortable with more rigorous hiking, this is a good one for you both to try.
The Amphitheater Loop takes you through hills and valleys in east Moab on one wide loop through Richardson Amphitheater. There are cairns that help mark the route along the way, but it’s important to pay attention when figuring out which way to go along this trail. If it has recently rained, some of the cairns may have washed away, so the best time to go is when it’s dry and hasn’t rained recently. This is a moderate level hike, easy enough for dogs and children to get out and explore with adults who have experience hiking.
Hunter Canyon trail is a fairly easy hiking trail, great for bringing dogs and children along. There’s plenty of fresh streams and watering holes along the way to swim in and the terrain isn’t difficult at all. This hike does not have uphill climbs or steep sections to worry about. The trail moves along a canyon bottom, and also has campsites for anyone interested in camping in Moab. The best time to go to Hunter Canyon is definitely in the spring when the cottonwood trees, cactus, and other plants are blooming. Your dog will love the opportunity to jump into a natural swimming pool along this hike.
Negro Bill Canyon
This is one of the best trails to take your dog on. It’s an easy going trip that follows along a scenic canyon with a shallow river running through it. The Morning Glory Natural Bridge is at the end of the second canyon, and is the sixth-longest natural rock span in the United States. You might want to keep your dog on a leash during the bridge section — there tends to be a lot of poison ivy growing by the bridge. It also has impressive rock formations to look at along the way. Make sure you’re okay with getting your feet wet on this hike, as you and your dog might have to cross the river at multiple points.
Moab Rim Trail
This is a more difficult trail that is not recommended for beginners. Most dogs will be able to hike this, but older or smaller dogs might have difficulty with the rigorousness of the trail. It’s very popular for hikers, mountain bikers, and four wheeling hobbyists. There is more than one way to take the trail, but all start off the same way: with a very steep climb on slickrock that gains 900 feet of elevation. Once you reach the top, the view of the Moab Valley and Arches National Park makes the climb worth it. Towards the end of the trail, there is also a great view of the La Sal Mountain Range which makes the hike worth it alone.
What Dog Accessories to Bring on Your Hike
- Plenty of Water and a water bowl or water bottle dispenser
- Collar with ID tag
- Harness if necessary
- Poop Bags
Tips to Follow When Hiking with Your Dog
- Don’t let your dog chase any wildlife. They could get lost or seriously harmed.
- Don’t leave them tied up alone.
- Slickrock is hard on a dog’s paw pads. Try not to spend too much time on it, or it could hurt their paws after a while.
- Check the weather forecast for the day and plan enough water and food accordingly for your dog.
We hope these suggestions give you some ideas for your next trail trip out into Moab, Utah with your dog. If you’re interested in taking your dog for a run instead of a hike, we offer guided running tours right here in Moab! And of course dogs are welcome. Check out our guided run tours here and contact us if you’re interested in going on one.