White Rim

Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District, Utah

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White Rim is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 6,263 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 243 feet. The trail ends near the White Rim Overlook viewpoint.
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White Rim is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 6,263 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 243 feet. The trail ends near the White Rim Overlook viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Gooseberry Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District
Distance: 0.9
Elevation Gain: 243 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,263 feet
Top Elevation: 6,271 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to White Rim
Parks: Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District
Elevation Min/Max: 6113/6271 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6263/6263 ft
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Trying to decide which is the best viewpoint in Canyonlands National Park is an impossible task, but the White Rim Overlook definitely ranks among the top two or three. The overlook point lies on the eastern end of a long, slender finger of land that extends outward for nearly a mile from the southern end of the Island in the Sky.

From the end of the promontory it seems as if the whole world is below you. If you like sunrise vistas the White Rim Overlook presents a great vantage point for watching the morning's first rays of light make their way into the deep recesses of the vast desert below the rim. Trail: Very easy trail.

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The White Rim Overlook sits on the opposite side of Island in the Sky from the Murphy Point Overlook, so while the far-ranging vistas are comparable— canyons, mesas, and cliffs—the views here are in the opposite direction.

As a result, you have some beautiful La Sal scenes, as well as a glimpse into the gaping canyon of the Colorado River that you won’t find on Murphy Point Trail. The distance from the rim overlook to the Colorado spans 2,000 vertical feet—about half of what you’ll see in the Grand Canyon, but still quite impressive.

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A short, flat walk with a great view of White Rim country. You can get a good view of the White Rim area from the parking lot, but a short, enjoyable walk gives you a really good view. The White Rim Overlook Trail starts at the right (south) side of the parking lot. It’s flat and easy to follow the entire way. Some sections rely on well-placed cairns to show the route.

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May 2018