Upheaval Dome

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Canyonlands Trails

Trail Head: 38.4264, -109.926
Trail Type: Hiking
Tread: Singletrack
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.6 mile round-trip

Upheaval Dome is a geographic oddity, an anticline where rocks have been pushed up and then eroded to produce interesting strata. Surrounding the dome is a downwarp in the rock layers, a feature called a syncline. The overlook provides a spectacular view of these interesting features.


(38.4264, -109.926)

The trailhead is located at the end of the Upheaval Dome Road, in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. The trail is wide and easy to follow.

First Overlook

(38.429, -109.929)

It is an easy 0.3 mile hike to a vista overlooking the dome. The views are impressive, but an even better view can be had by following the trail along the rim to a Second Overlook.

Second Overlook

(38.431603, -109.935314)

The second overlook is about 0.5 miles farther along the rim. From either viewpoint, just hike back the way you came to your vehicle at the trailhead parking area.

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