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.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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rocky

no dogs

The Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail offers views of a spectacular geological formation - a mile-wide crater of mysterious origins, possibly caused by a meteorite that created 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. 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.

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Nice view

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Go to the second overlook. Totally worth it!

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Cool geologic history behind this dome. The meteor was very large and was estimated to be 10 km long and 5 km wide when it hit.