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This landscape was eroded into canyons, buttes, and mesas by the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries. The park is divided into four districts by the rivers. There are rock pinnacles and other naturally sculpted rock, as well as artifacts from Ancient Pueblo Peoples.

hiking
12 hours ago

So strenuous but worth it! Go as early as you can. I start at 7:45 am finished 4 and 1/2 hours later in the hot, hot sun.

hiking
14 hours ago

Short easy hike to Mesa Arch. It is one of the best views i have ever seen.

off road driving
1 day ago

Did this trail counter clockwise in three days in mid July. It was expectedly hot 100-120 degrees with almost no shade. We stayed at potato bottom A the first night. This is a beautiful spot on the river (a lot of mosquitos). Then took our time down to Murphy A. This is a must! By far the coolest campsite I have ever stayed at. (Make sure to stay at A not B or C) then went to airport A. This is a rather plain site. No shade or shelter. Beautiful view of airport tower though. We then went down Lathrope to the river and spent the day there. Overall and incredible trail. Pretty easy, some difficult spots. We then drove to Moab down the potash trail, worth it. I would recommend some off-road tires and to air down, at least in the sandy spots if you want to slow down. We did it in a 2017 Tacoma with a 2 inch lift and wrangler duratrac tires.

Hard, but a lot of fun

fantastic views at end of trail

Outstanding trail. One of the best in Canyonlands or Arches. Went counterclockwise on the loop. The sights are amazing and you really do feel like you’re on another planet sometimes. The loop is almost completely exposed, so take the water requirements very seriously. Really took our time to enjoy (7 hours) and started at 6am / dawn. Only ran into one person on the first 10 miles and throughout the entire loop and he was a ranger going out to check on some back country campers. Saw about 10 people in the last mile and a half or so. No real difficult parts, moderate climbing, just long and very hot. There were 4 of us dad, mom and teenage son and daughter. We’re in pretty good shape and went out with 15 liters of water between us and had about 2 liters left at the end.

walking
4 days ago

I didn't walk out this whole trail. I went down a ways to get a view towards the east, but that was it. The Green River overlook is better than this one I think. You can't even see the Colorado river from here?? Was not impressed.

scenic driving
4 days ago

Drove to the roads end on 7/5/18 and was really expecting something more. I thought this place would have incredible views in all directions. Honestly, I was a little disappointed. I guess my expectations were a little to high. I would have been really disappointed if I had to pay for the entry fee of $30, but we have an annual pass. I just don't think this is one of our best national parks. I believe it is more of a backpack or 4 x 4 drive type adventure, as opposed to just hitting up the viewpoints. Pretty desolate out there

hiking
5 days ago

Short and sweet!

One of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. Joints, rock scrambling, views- this hike has it all. It rained late in the afternoon which sent it to a new level of magical, but do bring jackets if it’s monsoon season— be prepared for lightning and flash floods. Water, at least a gallon, is a MUST for in the summer. 5L is better.

off road driving
7 days ago

7/5/2018. Amazing drive. Started at top of Shafer trail to Potash Rd. Some spots after decent into canyon were rocky, sandy and or steep. Conditions were very dry. Took about 1.5-2hrs. Did trail in a stock GX460 with g**dyear duratracs.

Note on trail rating/descriptions. There appears to be two for this area. One says easy and other medium and they blend together in reviews.

This was an amazing hike with great views from the valley floor and along rim tops. It was harder than we thought which was great. A lot of rock climbing up slick rocks which wasn’t to bad. Started trail at 7:15am and did t see another person. Exceeded our expectations on every level.

hiking
13 days ago

A must for visit to Canyonlands.

off road driving
13 days ago

Nice little jaunt. Relaxing, ran it in my bone stock 1996 Jeep Cherokee. Looped Moab to Gemini Bridges to 313 to the trail head and back to Moab.
Used 4low so i could just idle down the hill. That was the only time I engaged the 4wd system. Lots of photo ops. Could a car do it? I would not have taken my Corolla on that road. Up and down the hill, yes but not the rest of the trail, there are a few spots that having 9" of ground clearance came in handy.

hiking
13 days ago

My favorite spot in Canyonlands, and probably the most iconic view in general.

15 days ago

worth the time. i did this afyer my fwet or sore amd swollen and I still don't regret it. would have been amazkng at sundown sigh

Great trail. My family went on this one and sunset was beautiful also.
It's easy one to do but view is great and is my favorite one from this park

hiking
15 days ago

It's iconic one for this park
very easy, nothing special, great view through arch

hiking
15 days ago

This is a really quick 10-minute stop, but it was really cool to see the old granary nestled in the rock. Worth a quick jaunt to see for sure.

hiking
15 days ago

Very short hike (we did it after an 11 mile hike) but you get quite a lot of bang for your buck! Cowboy camp, cave paintings, and great views in all directions. If you have just a short trip or aren't much of a hiker, I'd definitely put this on the top of your list! Also there are two ladders on the trail, so that's always fun and makes for some dorky pictures! Trail was very well marked in my opinion.

hiking
15 days ago

This was the first hike we did the afternoon we arrived in Canyonlands and it was a great start to our trip. The trail was straightforward and pretty quick, and we only saw one other couple the whole time. The viewpoint at the end is fabulous, and gives a view of the river I don't think we got on any of our other hikes over our 5 day trip. So quiet on the trail, but that seemed to be the norm for most all of the longer trails in Canyonlands.

We did the hike in the evening to the second overlook. This trail wasn't too difficult or long, but still had us sweating on the inclines due to the heat of the day (100s). Really cool trail between the first and second overlooks, definitely a better view at the second overlook. Definitely worth doing if you have time in Canyonlands to add this on!

hiking
15 days ago

We went in the evening after a long morning hike and found the trail to not be too busy. This was a lovely hike and a great way to see all directions of the park. Looking out from such a high point was great. You get views your really just can't from the road. The trail is not too difficult at all and quite flat, but we did see some people struggling who didn't have enough water considering the heat/dry weather or were simply new to hiking.

What a spectacular trail! My husband and I have been hiking and camping a ton in the last few years, and this is one of our top 3 favorite hikes of all time. We didn't see any hikers until we closed the loop and were back at the viewpoint. If you wanted a taste of this trail but not the full 11 miles, you could just hike to the viewpoint where the trail begins the loop and head back, that'd be about 6 miles I think, and you'd still see some pretty amazing stuff. Google pictures of the 'joint' if you want motivation to do the full loop though :)

It can be brutal in the heat of the day, so PLEASE be smart and bring tons of water and start EARLY. We got to the trail at 6:30, but really 5:30 would have even been better. It was a 100+ degree day and took us about 7 hours. We had a real fast pace the first half, but as the trail had more incline/slickrock areas and the day got warmer, we slowed a bit. We had 3L in water bladders plus about 5 nalgene sized water bottles (include tabs of electrolytes/vitamins to mix in our waters) for the 2 of us, and wish we would have had maybe 1 more litre of water. We saw so many people ill-prepared heading out on the trail late in the day, don't let that be you. Found the trail to be well marked as well.

hiking
15 days ago

We did this trail in the early morning quick before heading back home, took us just a little over an hour, but we were moving pretty fast. I found the trail to be very well marked, so am unsure of the other reviewers. I did see this trail marketed as a good trail for beginner hikers to learn how to follow carins and hike over slickrock. Nice views in all directions, and one of the only not 10 miles but more than .5 miles hike in this section of the park that we were able to find.

hiking
15 days ago

This was a nice solid hike to get our legs ready for Canyonlands. A few structures remaining from cattle ranching days, and seeing all the green vegetation down and around the springs was certainly cool. Hiked this in a hot nearly 100 degree day in late June, but we started early so it wasn't so bad. The last 2 miles or so are a bit lackluster, just walking along the mesa top and eventually paralleling the road, but necessary to make the trail a loop I suppose. Didn't see any other hikers on the trail the entire time.

hiking
19 days ago

A very mild hike with a picture perfect view! I had my doubts about going to Canyonland until I did this hike. I left asking everyone "Why don't more people come here?!"

hiking
19 days ago

I loved checking out the dwellings and granary. Climbing up the was a pretty fun run up to the top. We did this trail in June and appreciated the ingenuity of the food storage. As a history teacher, it was fun to check out the dwellings as well and image what it would be like to survive there hundreds of years ago!

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail that's not very busy. There is some scrambling, but not too bad. Great view from the top.

Another great overlook. Couple nice info panels to read on history of area.

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