Upheaval Dome via Crater View Trail

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Canyonlands National Park

Upheaval Dome via Crater View Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 301 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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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5 days ago

Fun hike with a bit of a scramble to get to the second overlook

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scramble
2 months ago

Lots of cairns made it relatively easy to follow the trail. Definitely one scramble you’ll use your hands and feet on. Packed parking lot when I got back at around 4pm. Fun and scenic.

hiking
3 months ago

First overview to Upheaval dome is a relatively easy quick hike and totally worth it. Going on the 2nd overlook is much more strenuous though (but not diffucult). You loose a lot of elevation from the 1st to 2nd spot. The view is different and somewhat better, but the 2nd overlook is not an absolute have to do if its outside your range or timeframe. Highly recommend at least going to the first overlook and decide if you want more.

Simple hike, no extra traction needed. It’s a bit of a climb but the trail is super well marked and the destination is well worth it. A freakin’ meteor crashed here millions of years ago.

Just okay.

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rocky
3 months ago

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scramble
3 months ago

This was a nice quick hike. We loved the views of the crater and being able to see all the layers. There’s almost no shade and was still a bit of ice on the trail but no need for spikes. The views were epic!

hiking
3 months ago

Even in the off season this is a popular spot. Very cool geological formation, much bigger than I expected.

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snow
3 months ago

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snow
3 months ago

Great day to be at Canyonlands. Weather was great. Trail was mostly muddy to overlook 1 but about halfway to overlook 2 it got real slick with ice so we turned back. Did not have any traction devices for shoes. But still a great day.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Very easy hike to the first overlook. Upheaval Dome is very cool. It’s very unique and hard to capture in pictures but I would highly recommend it. The trail to the second overlook was much more difficult (but also much more fun). The trail sometimes disappears but we were able to find the next marker after stopping and looking around. The second overlook had a much better view of the dome so well worth the extra effort. Just know the hike from the first to second overlook is a lot more tiring than the first half. I would not recommend going to the second overlook in wet conditions.

hiking
6 months ago

Cool formations, better view from second overlook.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Nice short hike that rewards you with spectacular views of the Upheaval Dome. Wandered a bit to get some pictures from different angles.

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rocky
7 months ago

Beautiful payoff at the end of even the first stop! Great view and info of dome- fairly easy hike to overlook, easy to follow path

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