Aztec Butte, Canyonlands National Park

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Aztec Butte

Take this scenic 1.5 mile hike for a chance to experience sweeping views of Taylor Canyon, as well as several ancient Puebloan granaries. Read More

  • 1.3 miles (typically 1-1.5 hours).
  • Easy with over 200 feet elevation gain.
  • Trailhead: Accessible via Aztec Butte Trailhead parking area.


This short 1.5 mile hike climbs the side of a moderately-steep, dome shaped butte. At the top, visitors experience several Puebloan granaries built into stove alcoves, as well as views of scenic Taylor Canyon.


Access the trailhead from the Island in the Sky Visitor Center by driving 6.5 miles south. Just passed the Mesa Arch turnoff, turn right onto Upheaval Dome Road, and drive approximately 1 hour to the parking area.


  • Distance: 1.3 miles
  • Average Time of Hike: 1 – 1.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 200 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail Type: Out and Back
  • Trailhead: Aztec Butte Trailhead.

Plan & Prepare

Temperatures in Moab can be highly variable, with summertime highs topping out above 100 degrees, and wintertime lows dipping below 30. Make sure you dress appropriately. During the summer, pack plenty of water, sunscreen. During the winter, dressing in layers is your best bet, as you’ll be able to peel clothes off, and put clothes on to suit your comfort level.

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