Upheaval Canyon and Crater

Moab, Utah

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Most of what we see in Canyonlands National Park today took millions of years to create, and on the scale of human experience it is often difficult to comprehend the geologic processes that produced it. The mesas, the canyons, and the dazzling rock formations were sculpted almost entirely by the slow but unrelenting erosive action of wind and water. The Island in the Sky district does, however, have one geologic artifact that was created by a rare force of nature powerful enough to do in minutes what would normally take eons to accomplish. T Trail: Much of the trail is not well marked, but the route is easy to follow. There is usually water in Syncline Valley, 4.1 miles from the trailhead, but it must be purified before drinking.
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)

Most of what we see in Canyonlands National Park today took millions of years to create, and on the scale of human experience it is often difficult to comprehend the geologic processes that produced it. The mesas, the canyons, and the dazzling rock formations were sculpted almost entirely by the slow but unrelenting erosive action of wind and water. The Island in the Sky district does, however, have one geologic artifact that was created by a rare force of nature powerful enough to do in minutes what would normally take eons to accomplish. T

Trail: Much of the trail is not well marked, but the route is easy to follow. There is usually water in Syncline Valley, 4.1 miles from the trailhead, but it must be purified before drinking.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 11.2
Elevation Gain: 660 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,940 feet
Top Elevation: 4,600 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Upheaval Dome
Driving Directions: Directions to Upheaval Canyon and Crater

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