Upheaval Dome

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 deep under the surface. 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. There is no evidence of volcanism anywhere in the area, and none of the rock in or around the dome is volcanic.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking 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 deep under the surface.

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. There is no evidence of volcanism anywhere in the area, and none of the rock in or around the dome is volcanic.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 120 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: .75 hour
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,680 feet
Top Elevation: 5,800 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Upheaval Dome
Driving Directions: Directions to Upheaval Dome

Recent Trail Reviews

1/2/2006
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Very nice hike, picturesque landscapes, easily accessible from the parking lot. If you want to spend more than 45 minutes walking, just keep going to the second observation point, which will give you a nice view of the crater from a different perspective.



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