Hunters Canyon in Moab, UT (dog friendly hike)

Hello Hikers of America!

Here in Utah we have this perfect hiking town called Moab, Utah. In Moab they have a ton of amazing hiking trails. Some that lead you to beautiful landmarks and some just for fun! These hikes may even be strenuous or a walk in the park so to speak. In Moab they have trails that are dedicated to humans only, and others that are pet-friendly, so whether or not you want to go with just a couple friends, yourself, or the world’s most loyal friends (dogs!), Moab has got what you are looking for!

This last weekend my Fiancé and I went down to a well-known hikers spot in Moab, Utah. The best part about the trip was being able to take both of our German Shepherds! They have so much energy and it was a great way to tire them out!

In preparation for our trip, we had planned what trails we would do the night before so we could get there and immediately know which ones were pet-friendly. We had decided on the trail called Hunters Canyon not only for its fun pet atmosphere, but because it looked like the most beautiful one compared to the images we found on the internet. The morning of, we stopped at Wal-Mart to grab a last minute necessity. The one thing most vital to our trip was a portable water bowl for the dogs! One that was light and collapsible. Finally after a long search we found the legendary dollar-fifty portable water bowl! Success! Then after grabbing some snacks that made our cart a third of the way full, we were ready to rumble! Who actually leaves Wal-Mart with just the one item they went in for?

Collapsible Cup

We attempted to start our journey early in the morning, but because of Wal-Mart we left around noon. From where we live in Utah, it’s about a 3 and a half hour drive. When we started out the dogs were incredibly restless! Much to their disappointment, they realized the car ride would not be taking them to the park, but to some far away land. They may never see a life outside the car again. Much to our enjoyment, they settled down with grim looks on their faces and went to sleep.

This is where having an RV would have been perfect! The dogs and we would have had greater space instead of being smashed in our tiny car. Not only that but then we could’ve stayed the night in Moab as well. There’s plenty of room for parking RV’s and trailers in the campgrounds located by Hunters Canyon. One in particular is called Kane Springs Campground.

When we finally reached Moab, we realized we didn’t bring sun block with us and it was supposed to be relatively warm. We called some shops in the downtown location and found one called Desert Dreams that said they welcomed dogs! Not only were we able to purchase good-looking hats, but ours dogs got a taste of what it was like to go shopping!

After Desert Dreams we were FINALLY on our way to the hiking trail head! From Highway 191 you would take Kane Creek Boulevard heading west for approximately 7.5 miles until you reach the Hunters Canyon Trail head. On your way to Hunters Canyon you drive along the Colorado River, drive on windy dirt roads, some even which are right next to drops offs. Be courteous to the other cars on the road because at some points along the way there’s only enough room for one car.

Hunter Canyon Trail Head

At the trail head make sure you stop to use the restroom before you start your 4 hour trek into Hunters Canyon! Unfortunately, there’s nowhere to wash your hands… so good luck! Sun block would most definitely be a good thing to put on beforehand and bring lots and lots of water! We carried a water bottle for us, and then a gallon so we could have refills and the dogs could drink too. The trail is followed by a stream, which goes through grass and rocks and sand along the way. The Trail itself has a lot of shot-offs and different ways you can go if you aren’t paying attention! We found that previous hikers had placed rocks in line formation to let others know that they were headed in the right direction! Unfortunately in our situation we didn’t realize that until we had turned around to head back to the start.

Hunters Canyon is a gorgeous trail which we’ve heard other hikes call more of a “walk”. Well for those of you who are beginners and have beginner dogs with you, this hike does leave you out of breath! The trail is supposed to lead you to an arch. Most hikers find the arch. We did not find the so called “arch”. Instead we just kept hoping that it would be “around the next bend!” after a couple of those bends we got a little disappointed and turned around. We ended up going an extra hour out of our way! There is a log book part way up that tells you exactly where to look for the arch, which is about a mile up on the right hand side. Unfortunately we didn’t read that until we were headed out. So to say we were completely prepared for this hike would have been a lie.

Our dogs absolutely LOVED the hike. We have one very adventurous, outgoing German shepherd, and one who loves to be inside with people all day. The inside dog impressed us with his leaping from rocks to rocks, dodging the stream wherever possible, and making sure us humans were in sight at all times. Our adventurous dog was swimming through the streams, blazing a path before us, and pushing us out of the way if we got in front of him at any times. He kept us moving!

When we had finally decided to turn back, the dogs lead us right back to the beginning of the trail. Their noses are incredible! Sometimes we weren’t even sure if we were taking the right paths because there are a couple options, but they made sure we came out the way we came in!

We absolutely had a blast at Hunters Canyon in Moab, Utah. It was so much fun to see other fellow hikers with their dogs, dogs running around the camps, family and friends together all getting out seeing the beauty of the earth. Whether you have an RV, Trailer, Toy-hauler, or a tiny Chevy Impala, this is definitely a place you have to visit. Take a few hikes. Go back and camp. Make memories that are unforgettable. We definitely plan on going back to Moab, Utah in the near future. Thank you, Utah for being so B-UTAH-FUL!

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