Mill Creek Fork
This is where you want to be on a hot day, enjoying stream flows and swimmin' holes.
Distance: 3 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 500 feet
Time: One hour (unless you go for a dip)
Trail: Singletrack and stream crossings. Some of the streams are only navigable if you do a little back-stroke.
Who you'll see: Hopefully, no skinny dippers.
How to get there: Take Mill Creek Drive south out of Moab; turn on Mill Creek Road to Power House Road. Big parking lot and info area.
Notable: Rock drawings, huge swimming holes, cliff diving—it's all here. The hike overall is a pretty easy one, but you can employ some bouldering/mountaineering skills if you're so inclined.
Eco-conscious: The workaday beer-can crowd may invade on weekends. If you want to be a superstar, bring an extra bag to pick up loose cans on the way out.
Best time of year to go: As son as the weather begins to turn a little warmer in Salt Lake, head south.
Apres-hike: Pint of Derailleur ale from Moab Brewery, 435-259-6333