Rough Canyon

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 05/03/2019
3 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5.02 miles
Highest Elevation: 6002 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Moab
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moab
Official Road Name: N/A
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Moab Field Office


Highlight: Rough Canyon
Rough Canyon is located on the border of Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky district and is yet another example of Utah’s endless beauty. No, this trail is not necessarily “rough”, however, it does offer a rollercoaster effect as it bobs up and over rolling red sand knolls; small in size, but fun none the less. The trail wraps around the north side of the large dome known as Whitbeck Rock, while Beehive Butte is likely to catch your eye in the distance to the west. You’ll trek across grassy plains with the occasional juniper tree, eventually descending down toward the rocky canyon rim. The end of the trail meets up with the park boundary and vehicle access stops. From here you can hike the 1.3 miles to the rim of the canyon, where you will not be disappointed.


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Rough Canyon trailhead begins on the west side of Grand View Point Road/Island in the Sky Road. It is a distinct dirt road in the midst of a seemingly bleak plain. Notice: to the right of the trail there is a sign that reads, “No Camping Next ½ mile”.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Moab

Follow US Highway-191 northbound approximately 11 miles. Turn left (west) onto US Highway-313 and travel 14.6 miles. Continue straight, US Highway-313 transitions into Grand View Point Road/Island in the Sky Road, follow for 2.5 miles. On the right (west) side of the road will be the trailhead for Rough Canyon.



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Sierra Santage

Mapping Crew - Utah

Sierra, is an optimist. She has lived in the Salt Lake Valley the entirety of her 25 years. She is passionate about nature and being outdoors. Though an amateur photographer, she has an eye for unique beauty. She's a proud owner of a Jeep wrangler, year 2000. She is new to off-roading, finally getting out on the dirt. None the less, eager to learn all there is to know, and meet like-minded people. Spends most of her time with her 5 year old son, whom is equally an adventurist. Welcoming to all the advice, tips and tricks made available. Looking forward to sharing all the knowledge and many adventures to come.
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