Matheson Wetlands Preserve, Moab Utah

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Matheson Wetlands Preserve

The Matheson Wetlands Preserve is a wildlife watchers delight, home to over 200 species of birds, amphibians and aquatic mammals. Read More

  • Located just south of Moab off Kane Cree Boulevard.
  • Excellent for wildlife watching, with more than 200 species of amphibians, birds, and aquatic mammals.
  • Hike the preserve on a one mile boardwalk trail.


The Matheson Wetlands Preserve is one of the only wetlands areas located in Utah. The preserve is 890 acres in size and is home to vast array of wildlife and bird species.

Location & Information

The preserve is located just south of Moab, Utah. From town, take State Highway 191 south. Turn west on Kane Creek Boulevard, veer left at a Y in the road, and continue over the Mill Creek bridge into the preserve.

Hours of Operation

The preserve is open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Local Headquarters

Nature Conservancy


There is a one mile boardwalk loop trail in the southern portion of the preserve. The trail is easy to walk, and is even handicap accessible. There is a self-guided tour available so visitors can better acquaint themselves with the areas plants and wildlife.

Bird & Watching
The conservancy is home to over 200 species of birds, amphibians, and aquatic mammals including beavers, muskrats, river otters, leopard frogs, yellow warblers, and common yellowthroats. There is a two story wildlife viewing blind located on the boardwalk loop trail.

Fun Facts

The parks boardwalk is made from recycled train trestles.

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