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Hiking Mill Creek Trail to a Moab Swimming Hole

Moab, Utah, offers an array of natural spectacles, among which Mill Creek Trail is an oasis for adventurers and relaxation seekers alike. A short distance from the urban charm of downtown Moab, this trail leads to a 30-foot waterfall and refreshing swimming hole that blends the beauty, adventure, and the thrill of exploration. Here’s your guide to discovering Mill Creek Trail.

Embark on a Journey of Discovery

Mill Creek Trail, also known as North Fork Trail, unveils the majestic beauty of Utah’s Canyon Country with each step. Flanked by towering red rock formations, many of which contain hidden ancient rock art panels, this path is a vibrant tapestry of nature's best landscapes.

On warm, sunny days, Mill Creek becomes a lively social hub where locals gather for a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the creek. Visit this easy-to-access gem outside of Moab and enjoy a refreshing mid-day escape.

Getting to Moab’s Mill Creek Falls and Swimming Hole

Mill Creek Canyon Trail, locally known as “Left Hand,” is less than three miles from downtown Moab. It is a short 10-minute drive south on Route 191, followed by a turn onto Sage Avenue and then a quick right onto Holyoak Lane. Drive two blocks to Mill Creek Drive and make a left before driving half a mile to Powerhouse Lane and turning right. Take this road to the designated parking area for hikers.

Hiking Mill Creek Trail to the Waterfall

The 1.6-mile, out-and-back Mill Creek Trail winds through a beautiful canyon dotted with small natural pools. As you’re hiking, watch for petroglyphs and ancient habitation sights on the canyon’s cliff walls—the more you look, the more you will find! (Reminder: Do not to touch the rock art; it is fragile and easily damaged, and we need to do our part to preserve it for current and future generations.)

Approximately 30 minutes into the hike (after several creek crossings with rock stepping stones), the beautiful Mill Creek Waterfall comes into view. This lovely destination features cascading waters and a sizable swimming hole that is ideal for cooling off on warmer days. Take a refreshing dip in the pool as you marvel at the towering canyon walls that surround you.

Families with kids will enjoy the relatively easy hike, and dogs are welcome too, making it a perfect excursion for the entire family. Ideal times for a visit are early morning or later in the day, offering a peaceful experience with fewer crowds.

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