Hidden Canyon Overlook is situated northwest of Moab, Utah. This off-road trail is part of the '3D Safari Route', and gives an impression of being deep in the outback. It traverses dirt and sand, and broad expanses of exposed bedrock or 'slickrock'. Hidden Canyon Overlook culminates approximately 500 feet above a slot canyon known as 'Hidden Canyon' which features red and white sandstone contrasted to blue sky and green vegetation. With the snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the distance, this place is a visual spectacle to cherish.
The trailhead is a broad intersection with Bartlett Wash Road. A sign here indicates "3D Safari Route" which is somewhat misleading because Hidden Canyon Overlook is only one of several roads on the 3D Route.
To approach Hidden Canyon Overlook from the north:
From Moab, travel approximately 17.3 miles north on Highway 191 to Blue Hills Road which is just south of Canyonlands Field Airport. Turn west and travel approximately 2.3 miles to Bartlett Wash Road or what some maps label Mill Canyon Road. Stay on the more defined roads to the right. Pass an old corral and follow the trail markers labeled "3D".
To approach Hidden Canyon Overlook from the south:
From Moab, travel north on Highway 191 to the intersection of Highway 313. Turn left (west) on Highway 313. Travel approximately 8 miles to the vicinity of Lone Mesa Campground, and turn right on Dubinky Well Road. Follow Dubinky Well Road for one mile to where it curves left and intersects with BLM 140. Stay right (north) on Dubinky Well Road for another mile to the intersection of Bartlett Wash Road. Turn right on Bartlett Wash Road and proceed north/northeast about 9 miles. Watch for the intersection with '3D Safari Route' on the left. This is the trailhead to Hidden Canyon Overlook.
This was my second time on the Hidden Canyon Overlook offroad trail. Both times were in the month of March. I would say this a trail you must do in March with a blue sky and the snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the background. The wheeling is not difficult at all, but its fun with many terrain changes through the entire trail. Each time that I have been to the Overlook I have just wanted to stay there for hours and soak in the scenery.
Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. His family moved to central Utah when Tracy was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah, where he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. He started many years ago in his dad's F-150 pickup truck, and subsequently his own 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991).