Moonflower Canyon

Pictograph panel: Moonflower Canyon

Pictograph panel: Moonflower Canyon

Kane Creek Blvd. strikes out to the west off Moab’s Main Street from the south part of town center. It parallels the Colorado River along its southern bank, just as Potash Rd. does on the northern shore.

Both these byways are worthy of a planned excursion when spending time in the Moab area, with a greater variety of recreational options to be found along the latter (the trail to Corona Arch being one of the highlights).

A stop for a short hike at Moonflower Canyon makes the drive along the Colorado’s southern banks a worthy morning (or afternoon) endeavor – as do the several petroglyph panels that can be found both here and farther up the Kane Creek road.

Bloomer

Bloomer

Hanging seep

Hanging seep

Against the wall

Against the wall

Guardian

Guardian

Against the wall (pt. 2)

Against the wall (pt. 2)

Against the wall (pt. 3)

Against the wall (pt. 3)

Reflecting pool: head of canyon

Reflecting pool: head of canyon

Petroglyph panel, Kane Creek Blvd.

Petroglyph panel, Kane Creek Blvd.

Not to be overlooked are the simply magnificent views of towering sandstone cliffs across the river.

Just be aware that the short trail up Moonflower Canyon also serves the string of campsites situated there, and try not to awaken any late sleepers with your attempts to yodel your echo off the closed canyon walls.

Across the river

Across the river

Colorado River from Kane Creek Blvd.

Colorado River from Kane Creek Blvd.

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