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    Onion Bench Creek

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    6.1 km
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    113 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Onion Bench Creek Trail is a moderately challenging hike in Professor Valley northeast of the city of Moab. This trail is shared by hikers and horseback riders and offers stunning views of the La Sal Range and Fisher Towers. Dogs are allowed to join you on the Onion Bench Creek Trail as well.

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    Route Description for Onion Bench Creek

    The Onion Bench Creek Trail is a dog-friendly trail with stunning views of the Moab Valley. This trail is used by hikers and by horseback riders, so be mindful of any horses on the trail and don’t bring along the dog if they spook easily. The Onion Bench Creek Trail is known for its incredible views. From this trail, you will see Fisher Towers, The Priest and Nuns Formation, Castle Rock, and The La Sal Range. Bring a camera; this hike is some incredible opportunities for Instagram-worthy shots.

    From the Upper Onion Creek Campground, follow the trail south for just over a mile to an intersection, keep straight here and follow the path down for another 1.3 km until the trail meets up with Van Pelts Road.

    This is the turnaround point for the Onion Bench Trail; follow the same path back to the campground where you can head on home or spend a night sleeping under the stars.

    Getting to the Onion Bench Creek Trailhead

    From highway 128 northeast of Moab, turn onto Onion Creek Road. Follow the road for 1.0 km to the Upper Onion Creek Campground. The Onion Bench Creek Trail begins here.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Upper Onion Creek Camping Area at Trailhead

    • When to do

      March to November

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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