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Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
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Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
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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.

Recommended Gear

Before you head out on your next adventure, make sure you have the right gear! 

Here's a list of our go-to hiking essentials to get you started:

Backpack: Osprey AG Pack

Hip Belt, Adjustable Torso, Compression Straps, Raincover + Hydraulics LT 2.5L Water Reservoir Included

Men's Manta 28L • $98.93-107.25 • Osprey | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Women's Mira 26L • $98.93-107.25 • Osprey | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

 

Hiking Shoes: Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Shoe 

Cushioned, GORE-TEX, High Traction Contagrip, 15.8 oz

Men's • $123.71-165.00 • Salomon | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Women's • $124.93-165.00 • Salomon | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Shirt: Mountain Hardwear Canyon Pro Long Sleeve Shirt 

Sun Protective, Moisture Wicking, Quick Drying, Roll-up Sleeves

Men's • $71.25-75.00 • Mountain Hardware | Amazon | Backcountry

Women's • $44.98-47.47 • Mountain Hardware | Amazon | Backcountry

GPS Watch: Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Watch

Waterproof, Calorie Burn Tracker, GPS, Sleep Tracker, Shock Resistant, Speed Tracker, Lap Timer

$128.03-170.00 • Garmin | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Trekking Poles: MSR DynaLock Explore Poles 

Aluminum, Adjustable with DynaLock Levers, Four-season Functionality, 20 oz.

$99.95 • Amazon | REI

Socks: Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Sock 

Made in USA, Anti-bacterial, Merino Wool, Breathable, Fast-drying

Men's • $17-22 • Darn Tough | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Women's • $12.19-22.00 • Darn Tough | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Headlamp: Black Diamond Storm Headlamp 

LED, Waterproof, Maximum Beam Distance: 80 m, Takes AAA Batteries

$49.85-49.95 • Black Diamond | Amazon | REI

First Aid Kit: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight and Watertight .5 Kit

Ultralight, Watertight, Group Size: 1 person, Trip Duration: 1-2 days

$16.95-19.47 • Adventure Medical Kits | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Interesting geology. Great views. Fun slickrock trail.

Cons

Popular. A bit exposed. Hot in summer.

Trailhead Elevation

5,680.00 ft (1,731.26 m)

Net Elevation Gain

120.00 ft (36.58 m)

Features

Big vistas
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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