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Upheaval Dome Hike

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, Utah

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Upheaval Dome Hike

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  • Trailhead to the overlooks.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • The beginning is a bit of a climb.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • Wonderful view from the first overlook.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • Upheaval Dome in Canyonlands National Park. The formation is more of a crater.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • The route to the second overlook is up and over a slickrock hill.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • From the trail, the view encompasses the vast and uninhabited space that is Canyonlands National Park.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • Hikers making their way back from the second overlook.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • Another angle on Upheaval Dome.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • The second overlook is worth the extra distance.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • View of the trail on the far slickrock slope.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • The return route.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • The trail is well marked and well travelled.- Upheaval Dome Hike
  • Taking in the view of Canyonlands National Park.- Upheaval Dome Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Interesting geology. Great views. Fun slickrock trail.
Cons: 
Popular. A bit exposed. Hot in summer.
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Region:
Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
120.00 ft (36.58 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,680.00 ft (1,731.26 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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One of the popular short hikes in Canyonlands National Park, the trail to the overlooks on Upheaval Dome is fun and worthwhile. It is a bit harder than might be expected due to some slickrock sccrambling and a few steep, exposed spots, but that only adds to its appeal.

From the Upheaval Dome parking lot, the trail heads through a wash and up a small hill. The trail spilts almost immediately: the left and right branches lead to the 8-mile Syncline Loop Trail, and the straight-ahead path is the route to the overlooks. The first overlook is an easy climb and offers a great view of the dome, which really resembles a deep gray crater. The origins of the dome are still not clear; two competing theories include a meteor strike 200 million years ago and a salt dome that extruded from below.

From the first overlook the trail follows the rim of the crater for another half mile up and over a few large rock bluffs and finishes at a cliff overlooking another view of the dome. The views all along the route are magnificent and expansive, making this trail a great way to spend an hour or two.

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