Upheaval Dome Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--David Day, Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"A short, steep hike to get the best view of perhaps the most
interesting geological feature in Utah. This is a great way to observe and study the geological wonders of the Upheaval Dome area without taking the arduous 8.3-mile Syncline Loop. In fact, you get a better view of the mysterious crater from this short trail."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"This hike—part loop, part out-and-back overnighter—is in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park, 23 miles southwest of Moab. The route offers the only access to the radically distorted and colorful rock interior of Upheaval Dome, as well as outstanding views of canyon country and the Green River."
--Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert, Hiking Utah (Falcon Guides).
"The trail leads to two overlooks on the south rim of spectacular Upheaval Dome, possibly a giant meteor crater, on the west side of the Island in the Sky. The Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail climbs to two different overlooks perched on the south side of Upheaval Dome, one of the most dramatic natural features at Canyonlands National Park. Hikers can go to both overlooks for a 1.8-mile round-trip hike or just to the first overlook for a 0.8-mile hike. The trail is easy to follow, has generally low-angle grades, minimal elevation gain, and no drop-offs except at the fenced second overlook. Part of the second section of trail crosses slickrock pavement and is marked by cairns or rock piles."
--Stewart M. Green, Best Easy Day Hikes: Moab (Falcon Guides).
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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