|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||6539 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Hanksville|
|Official Road Name:||1012|
|Management Agency:||Bureau of Land Management|
|District:||Price Field Office|
Hidden Splendor certainly lives up to its name. This incredible trail takes you down to Muddy Creek, a yearlong creek that feeds into the Dirty Devil River. All along this trail are viewpoints looking in every direction. You could easily spend hours on this trail taking great photos and enjoying the peace and quiet that the San Rafael Swell has to offer. If you are looking to spend a few nights in the area, there are many remarkable campsites providing you solitude from the bustle of the campgrounds in the area. Although this is a long out and back style trail, be sure to add this one to the must do list. You will quickly see why they call it Hidden Splendor.
Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 5" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 5" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 6" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep, but with good traction.Read more about our rating system
The trailhead begins at the intersection with McKay Flat Road and Reds Canyon.
Continue straight for Hidden Splendor. This is a little spur that takes you back to a camping area.
This is one of the many scenic points along the trail. From here, you can actually see Green River.
At this scenic waypoint, you are looking south-west toward the Muddy Creek Wilderness Study Area. There is also a cool old car here.
Here you are looking south toward the end of Hidden Splendor.
Continue to the left for Hidden Splendor. This was an illegal spur that has been closed off.
Here is one last scenic waypoint before you start descending toward Muddy Creek.
Continue straight. This spur takes you back to some awesome camping locations.
At this intersection, you have the choice to turn left (southeast) and head toward the lookout, or you can turn right (southwest) and head down to Muddy Creek. The provided GPX track takes you to the overlook first, then tracking back to here and heading down to Muddy Creek.
This overlook has incredible views of the canyon downriver and to the northwest looking over the Muddy Creek Wilderness Study Area.
If you turn right at the intersection, this will be your ending point. The trail dead ends at a campsite at Muddy Creek. This would be a great place to stay on a warm day where the creek can bring in cool air. Once you walk to the creek, you will quickly see why it has the name Muddy Creek.
Starting Point: Hanksville, Utah
There is plenty of dispersed camping along this trail, such as Waypoint 2 and Waypoint 8. If you are looking for some bigger sites for more than 4-5 rigs, look along McKay Flat Road. Improved camping is only available at the Temple Mountain Campground, where there are picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. Water is not provided. If you are looking for a motel, the closest option is over 25 miles away in Hanksville.