Upheaval Dome via Crater View Trail

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Upheaval Dome via Crater View Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah 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 351 feet Out & Back

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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

13 days ago

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1 month ago

Birthday trip to Moab in late Oct. After seeing the sunrise at Mesa Arch we took to this short trail. The parking lot was empty when we got there, while we were making coffee 3 or 4 more cars joined us. After a quick stretch up the hill you reach the 1st overlook. The second overlook grants you a better view of the dome. You'll spend your time here alternating between pondering the massive salt formation at the center of this big crater, and surveying the wide expanse that is the surrounding Moab. The central feature is unlike anything else in the area, and well worth the low effort hike to see it. You can do this hike and several other smaller hikes within a day, and still have time to go elsewhere.

3 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 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.

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4 months ago

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6 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

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6 months ago

6 months ago

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7 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.

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7 months ago

backpacking
7 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
8 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.

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8 months ago

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9 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.

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10 months ago

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11 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.