Upheaval Dome Trail

Moab, Utah

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Upheaval Dome is one of the most interesting geologic formations in Utah. At first glance the unusual circular structure appears to be a large crater, but geologically it more closely resembles an ancient dome. The strange formation consists of a huge circular pit, about a mile in diameter and 1,100 feet deep, surrounded by concentric rings of uplifted rock that were originally several thousand feet under the ground. What kind of natural force could account for such a structure? Volcanic forces often cause both uplifting and cratering, but it is highly unlikely that Upheaval Dome was created by a volcano.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Upheaval Dome is one of the most interesting geologic formations in Utah. At first glance the unusual circular structure appears to be a large crater, but geologically it more closely resembles an ancient dome.

The strange formation consists of a huge circular pit, about a mile in diameter and 1,100 feet deep, surrounded by concentric rings of uplifted rock that were originally several thousand feet under the ground. What kind of natural force could account for such a structure? Volcanic forces often cause both uplifting and cratering, but it is highly unlikely that Upheaval Dome was created by a volcano.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,460 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 5,680 feet
Top Elevation: 5,680 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park Headquarters in Moab
Local Maps: Upheaval Dome (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Upheaval Dome Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2008
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Portions of the trail can be somewhat strenuous(uphill), especially if you continue on to see the backside of the upheaval dome(the same view from the other side) Essentially its believed an underground dome was formed forcing the soil to rise. Its a unique natural occurence, but not the most exciting views in the canyonlands park. My rating is based on other trails in the area.



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