Whale Rock Trail

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, Utah

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Whale Rock Trail


  • Cairns cemented to stone on trail as you approach the top.- Whale Rock Trail
  • Views from the top of Whale Rock Trail.- Whale Rock Trail
  • View to the south from Whale Rock Trail.- Whale Rock Trail
  • View to the west from Whale Rock Trail.- Whale Rock Trail
  • - Whale Rock Trail
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Great views. Fun for kids.
Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, UT
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
250.00 ft (76.20 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,700.00 ft (1,737.36 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description


Whale Rock is a short 1-mile hike in the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park near the more well-known attraction, Upheaval Dome. The trail is named after a natural sandstone rock formation that resembles a whale.

Because much of the hike is on rock, there isn't a beaten path, but it's easy to find well-placed cairns, many of which are cemented to the stone in order to stay in place. To start, the trail wraps around the back of Whale Rock and begins to ascend a steep section before leveling off. Kids can scramble on the rock and other nearby rock formations without the worry of steep drop-offs or long falls. Atop the rock formation are beautiful, unobstructed views of nearby Upheaval Dome to the west and breathtaking canyon views to the south.

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