Hidden Valley Petroglyphs
3-7 Hour Hike
Behind The Rocks
Close To Town
Hidden Valley is one of those hikes that can be as long as you want it to be. Some people hike up to valley and go a short distance then turn around. Others spend hours searching for petroglyphs and are well rewarded for their efforts.
From the parking lot, a steep climb will take you straight up to a large open valley 1000 ft above the town of Moab. The valley is about 1.5 miles long and is open to mountain bikes though I have never seen one here.
Once you reach the head of the valley pass, you will see a user made trail going to the north. This trail leads to a south facing cliff that is extensively covered in Canyonlands Basketmaker II style petroglyphs.
The more you explore the more rock art you will find. I recommend this as a winter hike if the snow isn't too deep. During the summer, noise from ORVs on the Moab Rim trail can be distracting.
You can return to this hike time and time again and always find something new. On one hike, we climbed to a valley above Hidden Valley which can be seen in the picture above. The right center of the photo is downtown Moab.
Once you think you have gone further than anyone has ever been, you will see that others have already passed this way. Not sure where the Rightway Wrongway way goes.