Claire and I had half a day to do some exploring in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands. We made the drive in from Moab on a cloudy day and stopped at the visitor center. From there we headed over to Upheaval Dome and headed out to the two lookouts. It is a very cool geological feature. After that we stopped at some viewpoints as we worked our way south heading for Grandview Point. We made the easy one mile hike to the point and were in awe of Canyonlands. There is so much to explore in The Maze & Needles Districts. I wanted to see more! We returned to the jeep and had some lunch at the Buck Canyon overlook and then stopped by the iconic Mesa Arch. It was really cool seeing in person. Several people were around but it wasn't crowded. We got our pics and then headed back to Moab. We're planning on camping in Gooseneck State Park to break up the drive back to Phoenix. This was a nice day in Canyonlands but left me wanting more. A trip to Needles District is on the radar for later this year.
Island in the Sky District offers some breathtaking views, and if this trailhead is your first stop once entering the park you won't know where you're at until you're there:) This is a mild loop hike culminating with epic views at the arch. Standing at the arch it takes a moment to digest the scale that extends out beyond the cliffs - stay for a minute. Just make sure this isn't your only stop at Island in the Sky.
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This is part of our Mighty Five Trip. We did 5 parks in 5 days in Utah.
Day 4: Canyonlands National Park. day 4 we left Capitol Reef and made our way to Canyonlands. We had the next few days booked in Moab so our Canyonlands visit was in the Island in the Sky District. Our first stop was the visitors center where we again made some sandwiches in the truck and had lunch. This is when we realized it was 104* and that this was our hottest spot yet on the trip. We headed out to Mesa Arch because well, I think that is the one thing you are supposed to do here, a can't miss. It was good. The views that you can frame with the arch are awesome. It takes a while to get a view without people in the way but it does clear up for a few minutes here and there. This short hike can be done as a loop which gives you a change of scenery on the way back.
After Arches, I had some time to kill so I made a quick visit to the "Island in the Sky" district of Canyonlands before continuing up north.
Mesa Arch was very cool. Through the arch you can get some sweet views of the canyons and La Sals (which where unfortunately in the clouds most of the day). A short, crowded hike, but it's worth it!
Grandview Trail is a fun rim walk with great views of the canyons which stretch for miles. It's probably the closest thing I've seen to standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon with out actually visiting the Grand Canyon.
I hope to come back soon to give Canyonlands a proper visit by backpacking in the Needles or Maze districts.
The Delicate Arch viewpoints were closed. Interesting hike up and over a huge hill of slick rock, around a small ledge trail. But it is sure worth it. Beautiful views all around for the entire trip and the destination.
Mesa Arch is short but nice.
Grandview Trail has great views it's full length of 1 mile on the edge of the rim.
spent thursday at island in the sky district
planned for an easier day doing the shorter hikes and overlook trails
short loop to a classic arch
great views east through the arch
short ascent to a high hump that looks kinda like a whale
good views of interesting terrain
upheaval dome overlook:
a decent hike with some ups and downs on a fun trail
went to the second overlook that had good views into the crater
hit the first overlook on the way back, but the second one was better and made for a more interesting hike
had lunch at green river overlook
followed a long neck of land between two drop-offs to the east and west
best views of the day on both sides with some rocks to climb up on at the end
could have added a couple more little things, but with a big hike friday, we just hit a few more overlooks and headed back to moab
got a cuppa coffee for the drive to monticello
spent thursday and friday nights at the monticello inn
monticello = twilight zone
had dinner at the peace tree juice café
limited menu but pretty good food
a fun, relaxing day with a decent overview of island in the sky
Quick hike from the trailhead parking area to the rim of the park. Fairly level and well marked trail. Amazing views down through this arch to the canyon floor below. Geologically one of the more interesting arches we've seen yet.
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No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength
average hiking speed 2.32 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.