Bartlett Slickrock – Moab, UT

Moab, UT

When we spoke with the two volunteers last week at the Moab visitor center, one of them told us about one of her favorite hiking sites, a place called Bartlett’s Slickrock.  The site is not a marked trail, just an area where you can hike out on a wide slickrock shelf with a great view.  So on Sunday we drove out to explore the area.

To get there you drive north on Hwy. 191 from Moab for about ten miles.  Follow the signs for Canyonlands NP and Dead Horse Point SP and turn left on to UT-313.  After driving 8.6 miles turn right at the sign for Lone Mesa Group Campground.  Take this maintained dirt road for 1.4 miles and turn right on to Dubinky Well Road.

Take the Dubinky Road 2.6 miles and just past the cattle guard turn right.  In just .2 of a mile there is a fence gate across the road with a small area to park a vehicle.  Park there and hike past the gate up the narrow road along a fence.

The parking spot and cattle gate

Just a short distance from the gate the fence makes a right turn.  Leave the road and continue to hike along the fence until it ends.

The right turn of the fence

When you reach the end of the fence just follow the slickrock along a cliff.  There is no set path so you can just go where ever you want and hike out along the edge as far as you like.  If you don’t want to have to scramble up to the higher ridge from below, bear left instead of following the fence all the way to the end.  This route will take you up on top.

Check out this tall cairn!

Going out we hiked along a lower  shelf, knowing we would hike the top shelf on the way back.  The lower shelf requires some mild scrambling in a few places.

A bit of scrambling on the lower shelf

Interesting rock layers are exposed along the lower shelf

After a while the lower shelf began to narrow and we could see that it would soon come to an end so we found a spot where we could climb up the slickrock to the wide rim above us on the mesa.

Once on top we continued over a very wide area of slickrock.

The various colors displayed by the layers of rocks are quite interesting.

As is often the case in this area, the snow covered La Sal Mountains provided a beautiful backdrop to the view.

Lunch with a view

Balanced rock

Peaking owl eyes

High healed shoe?

You can make this hike as long (or short) as you like.  We hiked two miles out to where we sat and enjoyed the view while having lunch.  But the shelf we were on appeared to continue out for miles.

Looking back at our lunch spot

This is a great area for a relaxing afternoon of exploration.  The color patterns in the slickrock are beautiful and the views are very impressive.

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31 Responses to Bartlett Slickrock – Moab, UT

  1. Great owl and shoe. You find the best hikes.

  2. Sandra Silva says:

    As always we are enjoying your Emails and adventures. I am in the process of planning next years travel itinerary for us. We hope to include several weeks in Moab. What is the name of the RV park you are staying at while there?

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  3. We love hiking where there really isn’t a trail. The possibilities are unlimited in that part of Utah!

  4. explorvistas says:

    Beautiful! The slickrock looks easy on the feet! 🙂

  5. Jeff says:

    No trail, no destination … I’d get lost! But as you prove ‘Not all who wander are lost’. You found another great hike and avoided the popular (crowded) trails within the National Parks.

  6. Jim and Barb says:

    Thanks for the detailed directions, this looks like a great hike that we will have to put on our list!

  7. Jacquie says:

    Love the “peaking owl eyes”. Perfect name! Hiking is just such an adventure! You never know what’s going to be around that next corner or up that next hill. Exciting and scary…

  8. Jacquie says:

    Me again… High healed shoe? Nah! More like a short squat cow twisting its head to shoo that fly…

  9. Sherry says:

    I’ll say the views are impressive. Really love the owl eyes. What a wonderful off the beaten track trail. I do love just wandering around exploring with no trail. Great place!

  10. Oooooh, looks wonderful! I’m pinning this one for sure! Nice variety.

  11. Gay says:

    Definitely a beautiful area to explore…I love it there!

  12. geogypsy2u says:

    I really like the idea of just being, and walking where you want on the slick rock. It’s so great to get the local inside info. Once again, a marvelous hike. Hope you didn’t get the snow we got today.

  13. Jodee Gravel says:

    What a wonderful shelf for exploring. Love the rock layers (they look like bubbles), and the owl and shoe :-))))) Hope the weather is holding – we’re still “in and out” of the wind.

  14. Laurel says:

    Love hiking on slick rock. Pam, that is such a cool photo of you climbing up that enormous expanse of rock! I think the owl is great, too. 🙂

  15. pmbweaver says:

    Wouldn’t you know that John would have to get you climbing up that rock on all fours….MEN!
    I think there is a Balanced rock on just about every hike out there. Good eyes to spot the high heel shoe.
    Lovely hike. I like the idea of just going where ever. Love those snow covered mts.

    • placestheygo says:

      I think I actually had him take that picture of how we got up that mound:) I like when crawling up makes it easier. You and Paul would have a great time here. It was so nice to be able to walk for miles without straining for a change. The snow covered La Sal’s always make Moab in the spring a special place:)

  16. debbiemc14 says:

    What a fun hike! Loved the owl eyes!

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