Panorama Point

Hanksville, Utah

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From atop the 600-foot-tall Orange Cliffs, Panorama Point affords dizzying views of the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park. The Maze is replete with confusing and hostile terrain; its tortuous topography is an inverted and tangled wilderness of sandstone canyons that appear impossible to reconnoiter. Around nearly every bend in its web of convoluted canyons stands a wall. Direct cross-country travel is futile and becomes a matter of trial and error. Although Moab is less than 50 miles away by line of sight, Canyonlands’ four districts, Island in the Sky, Needles, Rivers, and Maze, force the wayward traveler to circumnavigate by hundreds of miles. Panorama Point extends from the North Point mesa like a thumb protruding from a hand. The North Point mesa in turn stems from an alcove-rimmed plateau like an arm from a contortionist’s body. Over millions of years, the relentless process of headward erosion has gnawed away at the plateau’s edge, throwing out a promontory here and there. Elaterite, Bagpipe, and Ekker buttes, along with other outlying spires and freestanding chimneys, are remnants of the once all-encompassing plateau that have since been relegated to solitary isolation. Tread: Packed and soft sand with sporadic rocks and pavement sandstone.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

From atop the 600-foot-tall Orange Cliffs, Panorama Point affords dizzying views of the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park. The Maze is replete with confusing and hostile terrain; its tortuous topography is an inverted and tangled wilderness of sandstone canyons that appear impossible to reconnoiter. Around nearly every bend in its web of convoluted canyons stands a wall. Direct cross-country travel is futile and becomes a matter of trial and error. Although Moab is less than 50 miles away by line of sight, Canyonlands’ four districts, Island in the Sky, Needles, Rivers, and Maze, force the wayward traveler to circumnavigate by hundreds of miles. Panorama Point extends from the North Point mesa like a thumb protruding from a hand.

The North Point mesa in turn stems from an alcove-rimmed plateau like an arm from a contortionist’s body. Over millions of years, the relentless process of headward erosion has gnawed away at the plateau’s edge, throwing out a promontory here and there. Elaterite, Bagpipe, and Ekker buttes, along with other outlying spires and freestanding chimneys, are remnants of the once all-encompassing plateau that have since been relegated to solitary isolation. Tread: Packed and soft sand with sporadic rocks and pavement sandstone.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 16.5
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Spring (March into June) and Fall (September into November)
Trailhead Elevation: 6,600 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park, Maze District, 435-259-2652
Local Maps: USGS: Cleopatra's Chair, Elaterite Butte, Gordan Flats
Driving Directions: Directions to Panorama Point

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