Moab, Utah has a lot in common with Colorado Springs. Like Colorado Springs, its residents and visitors tend to be avid outdoor enthusiasts. They like to hike, run, cycle and photograph the great scenery that surrounds them. And Moab is a major tourist destination, just like the Springs, being the home to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and many hundreds of square miles of other Federal lands available for recreational use.
Moab is a small town that literally explodes from spring through autumn with visitors, most of whom crowd into the national parks — no doubt that if you visit you'll want to do the same thing. The views and scenery are incredible and there is nothing equal to it anyplace on earth.
If you're like me, eventually you'll have your fill of society and want to go someplace a little less crowded. One of those place is Hidden Valley, just south-west of Moab. It's a nice little gem of a place and makes for a great hike. Total distance from the trailhead to the pass at the north end of the Hidden Valley and back is approximately 4 miles.
To get there: Take Highway 191 south from Moab for approximately 3 miles and then right onto Angel Rock Road. It's marked with only a small street sign, so it's easy to miss. Take Angel Rock Road a couple of blocks until it ends at Rim Rock Road and turn right. At the end of the road, bear left to the obvious parking lot.
Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor and business owner who has lived in Colorado Springs for over 24 years. You can follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: firstname.lastname@example.org.