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    Sylvester Trail

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    11.1 km
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    297 m
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    The Sylvester Trail is a moderately challenging route with beautiful views of the Utah desert. This hike gets relatively low traffic, so it’s a great place to go to escape the crowds of Arches National Park and still see some incredible rock formations.

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    Route Description for Sylvester Trail

    The Sylvester Trail is a moderate, out-and-back route just northeast of the city of Moab. This trail is shared by hikers and horseback riders, so be sure to keep an eye out for any ponies trying to pass you by. This hike is dog-friendly but keep in mind that you may run into horses, so this may not be the best choice for pups who scare easily. The Sylvester Trail takes you through some beautiful desert terrain and this route gets relatively low traffic, so you may just be lucky enough to have the trail all to yourself.

    From the parking area at the end of Professor Valley road take a right and follow the trail south for 6.1 km past The Priest, and Castleton Tower to the west.

    After 6.1 km, the trail will intercept another path; this marks the turn-around point for the Sylvester Trail. Head back up to the trailhead following the same route. If you are looking for another adventure, the Professor Creek and Mary Jane Slot Canyon Trail is another fantastic hike from the same trailhead.

    Getting to the Sylvester Trail Trailhead

    Turn off of highway 128 northeast of Moab, UT onto Professor Valley Road. Follow the road for 3.5 km to the parking area at the very end; the Sylvester Trail begins here.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do

      March to November

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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