Upheaval Dome via Crater View Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews
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Upheaval Dome via Crater View Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, UT that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

1.6 miles 363 feet Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

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rocky

no dogs

Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail in Canyonlands National Park's Island in the Sky region is an out and back 1-1.5mi. RT moderate hike that leads to an interesting view of a very intriguing rock formation. The Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail (1 mile RT to first overlook, add another half mile to the second overlook - about a half-hour to forty-five minute hike, a bit steep in places and moderately strenuous) offers a spectacular geological formation a mile-wide crater of mysterious origins, possibly a meteorite that caused a big splash of minerals when it hit or a salt dome that originated from within the earth. The rocks along the trail tilt away from the dome as a result of the impact (most likely scenario). Upheaval Dome doesn't fit with the rest of the Canyonlands terrain -- it's obviously not the result of gradual erosion like the rest of the park, but rather a dramatic deformity in which rocks have been pushed into a domelike structure. At one time, it was believed that the dome was formed by a hidden volcano, but a more recent theory suggests that a meteorite may have struck the earth here some 60 million years ago. More info on the geology and formation of Upheaval Dome: http://www.nps.gov/cany/naturescience/upheavaldome.htm

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome and very short/easy hike with a lot of people on it. Once you get out to the further second viewpoint the crowd thins and you get some truly spectacular views. A must see in Canyonlands. I could hear the harder loop trail a calling my name as well.

3 months ago

Decent trail, pretty quiet, at least when we were there in the morning, the Dome is worth the effort if you got time, great views from up there in all directions

hiking
5 months ago

We did a bunch of short hikes in one day and this was our last one. The parking lot was full since it was a holiday weekend when we went last Fall. We had to circle around a few times until a spot opened up. There are some nice picnic tables, restrooms and water here. The trail was doable for my younger kids even though it was hot (bring water!) The view is simply incredible and I would love to see it again in the winter.

backpacking
5 months ago

Backpacked the loop in two days. Need a permit to do so and this trail is only for hard cores. First day is all down hill via very rocky trail under sun exposed heat. Great camping in the basin with spectacular views of the cliffs. No water at all unless maybe you do it in early spring but don't count on it. If you get hurt good luck to you getting out. Awesome rock scramble up water fall cliffs to get out of basin. Both of us brought a twenty liter water bladder and ran out of water on last mile of the trail. Backpacking this is totally hard core.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked in early June. There were quite a few others on the trail. If a view is what you're looking for, the second overlook is no improvement on the first and the trail is not as well marked.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun little uphill. We did first overlook only. The dome is unlike anything else you'll see in the park. Worth your time to head up the path and see it. Make sure you read the sign about the formation.

hiking
8 months ago

Decent little hike to a bizarre geological event best described as a dome down in a hole. Quick hike so worth the time to stop by and see it.

hiking
9 months ago

interesting

hiking
1 year ago

This is a pretty easy hike up sandstone to the top of the rim surrounding upheaval dome. I did this hike with my parents who are not avid hikers and they managed fine. This hike is a must do. If you are an experienced hiker and take on the Syncline Loop be sure to the extra time to view the crater from the top. It will blow your mind!

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hiking
1 year ago

Like a stair stepper. The view of the dome is fantastic. So interesting. Going slow up and down took 2 hours. Out of shape and older. :-)

hiking
1 year ago

Bring a lot of water! I did a 17 mile out and back on this trail in April and made the mistake of drinking water from one of the springs that happened to have water seeping out of the rocks. Unbeknownst to me the water was seeping out of some kind of salt deposit and ended up more dehydrated.

Overall the views are amazing, but the canyon floor is slow going because it is covered in a deep layer of small rocks and pebbles. Going up towards the dome is a steep switch back that takes nearly two hours to acsend and one hour to descend. Some guide books recomend doing this trail as quick overnight trip, but the moderately fit adventurer can certainly do it as an out and back. The trail is marked by cairns, never the less, it does have some navigational challenges; so do not forget your map and compass.

hiking
1 year ago

Not a long nor epic hike, but I found it quite enjoyable nonetheless. I can see it being strenuous for those who may be out of shape. The crater was cool.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Better than expected but not quite as good as most other hikes in the park.

hiking
1 year ago

This hike was alright, not my most favorite. It was relatively strenuous hike for a person that is out of shape. The view wasn't as great as I expected it to be though. My boyfriend and I reached the top and a lightening storm started so we had to get out of there; however, the storm view was amazing from up here but very dangerous.

hiking
1 year ago

Short hike, mainly up stairs, to a pretty cool geological feature. There are a couple of theories as to what caused it, but the coolest theory is that it was hit by a meteorite. Was fun to see.

1 year ago

Stairs most of the way up. Awesome view of the dome. I had forgotten the extraordinary color. Wow

hiking
2 years ago

Seemed like a pretty standard Utah trail. Upheaval dome was pretty cool to see though.

2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

Great views even when overcast!