Morrell Cabin Trail in Cathedral Valley, UT | Pt. VI

The Beta

This quick little walk to a historic cabin is a good way to break up your driving. Park on the side of the road, out of the way of traffic, and take the short trail to the cabin! Learning about the history of the parks helps me appreciate the beauty and preservation of these parks even more. Now for some quick beta!

Quick Beta

  • Mileage: 0.4 miles
  • Elevation gain: 0 ft.
  • Best time to visit: Late May through mid-October
  • Total hiking time: 10 minutes
  • Kid-friendly: Yes.
  • Dog-friendly: No.
  • Gear I brought: Camera and raincoat – it was pouring hard!
A little “river ford” from all the rain that came pouring down!

The hike

The hike itself is an easy, 0.4-mile out-and-back trail that is virtually flat. It follows the valley floor and is so flat you can see the house from the one-car trailhead “parking lot”. They do not expect a lot of people back here at all. Once you get to the house, there is a small sign that details some neat features about the house, including a relocation of the entire structure! You can enter the house and check out the small interior, which still has old tools and shelves. Please remember to practice Leave No Trace rules – there were several cans and bottles laying around in here!

The sign by the cabin. It’s cool to read about history!
Walking up to the cabin during a break in the rain!

Need to Know

This is a short trail to a preserved cabin. As I said before, practice LNT rules and leave the house as if it were untouched!

Also, I feel it’s important to warn: summer thunderstorms or rainstorms can happen at any time in the desert. Always bring rain gear and keep it in your car! We were getting absolutely pounded by rain before we started this short walk.

Some old tools and scraps on the single table.
People left their beer cans and other accessories here. Take them with you!

Justin’s Suggestion

This is a quickie. It’s cool to see and it’s part of the tour. Make some time for it, but be sure to hit your other objectives in the park!

Ready to run back and avoid the rain?

Take A Hike!

Check out the cabin! Learning history in the park is rewarding and worth the time. It’s cool to see who discovered certain areas of the park and how they decided to live here. Imagine living in the desert, in this insanely remote part of the world. It’s just nuts!

If you’re not already following along with my Cathedral Valley series, get with the program and check out all my previous blogs! I have more rolling out soon. Until then, enjoy this joyful parting shot.


Parting shot:

Heading back! The rain started picking up when we neared the car. Perfect timing!

Next blog: Monoliths. And a big ‘ole hole!

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