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

hiking

nature trips

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views

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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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.

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2 months ago

A good short hike with a bit of elevation that may slow down a flat lander. The view at the end was great and the conditions are great for March.

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2 months ago

Hike to the second overlook, its well worth it.

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4 months 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.

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7 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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