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Utah Hike of the week: Mill Creek in Moab

Published June 20, 2013 9:41 am

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Directions • This hike has it all: River, waterfall, swimming hole and even petroglyphs.

The trailhead is located on the south end of the town of Moab. To get there from southbound U.S. Route 191 (also Moab's Main Street), turn left on 300 South, then right on 400 East. Turn left onto east Mill Creek Drive. Follow the road as it winds out of town, then turn left on East Powerhouse Lane. There's a parking lot near the trailhead, which can get crowded on nice days.

Prepare to get wet on this hike, and wear a swimming suit to take full advantage of the swimming hole at the end. The hike starts on a rocky bank that drops down to the creek, which can be a bit of a challenge for small children. It drops down to a wide, sandy path as the terrain opens to red rock cliffs and lush water plants. Keep and eye out for petroglyphs on the walk, which crosses the creek a couple of times before ending at a small waterfall and swimming hole.

Stay and swim at the bottom or climb up the rocks again for another view of the creek. Destination Mill Creek

Hiking time 1 hour

Round trip miles 2 miles

Elevation gain 374 feet

Difficulty Easy

Trail head restrooms No

Dogs allowed Yes, though could be tough for older dogs

Bikes allowed No