45 miles round trip
There is a lot of water to filter if you choose
Bring your sunscreen
Rough 4x4 road
Parking Lot:38.53300N, 109.60067W
Kane Creek Turn Off:38.46608N, 109.60084W
Kane Creek Canyon is not just my favorite trail in the Moab area it is one of my all time favorites. It packs a lot of fun into a day ride. This trail is very easy to get off the road and tear things up. Please do your best to stay in the trail and you will have a great time. There are well over 50 creek crossings in this trail which I thought was a lot of fun! Here is a short video that does a good job of showing some of the obstacles and sights you can expect on the trail.
The parking area is big enough to fit several large trucks. You can also park right by the turn into Kane Creek Canyon, but I think the ride up to that point is very pretty and there is more space at the parking coordinates above.
The ride from the parking area is on the Kane Creek Road and there is a lot of great classic Moab scenery.
Be sure to keep a look out for the signed turn for Kane Creek Canyon which is different than Kane Creek Road. It can be confusing.
The trail starts off in a dry desert scene similar to the ride in. It is pretty rocky and bumpy.
After a few miles you will reach the first creek crossing. From here you will be in and out of the water many times the remainder of the trip. Its a lot of fun but you may want rain gear to stay dry. We went in January and there was some fun ice that we were able to do fun doughnuts on. It is shown much better in the above video.
As I have previously stated there are a lot of fun creek crossings and parts of the trail are just the creek itself for short sections.
For most of the ride you are in a deep sandstone canyon that is very pretty.
You will soon come to a fork in the road. To the left is the ATV route. This is only wide enough for 50 inch ATV’s and less. To the right is the Jeep route. I like to go down the ATV route and return on the Jeep route. This is by far the most challenging part of the trail and neither direction should be tried by beginners. The ATV route immediately goes very close to the edge of a large drop off.
You will then have to traverse down a very steep rock ledge where a partner assist can be very helpful. It is much steeper than the photos make it look. If you are on ATV’s without 4×4 only go down the ledge if you are confident in your skills because it is highly unlikely you will be able to turn back after this point.
The whole trail is a very old mining road. There is still an original old mining bridge with a newer steel bridge on top that you will have to cross. Be careful because its a 40 foot fall into the canyon if you fall.
There is a really good slot canyon in this area and some cool little waterfalls if you keep your eyes open.
Next you will ride on a narrow shelf that looking from a distance its hard to believe that there is a trail wide enough there.
After the shelf you will cross over a small waterfall. This is a great and beautiful place for a snack or lunch.
After the waterfall there will be a short climb that quickly meets the Jeep route. Take the Jeep route to finish the lollipop section of the ride. Be sure to look down far below at the canyon and bridge you just traversed.
Just before you reach the intersection you originally used to take the ATV track there is a series of large rock shelves that are a lot of fun for Jeeps but can be dangerous for small ATV’s. Just go slowly and help each other if necessary.
From the intersection re-trace your steps back to your vehicles.
This trail has a lot of variety and challenge and is some of the most fun you can have on an ATV or in a 4×4 vehicle. I think ATV’s are best for this trail though because the 50 inch section is the most fun in my opinion and to see it the jeepers will have to hike a bit. Either way this is a great adventure.