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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
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.
50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks
by Greg Witt (Wilderness Press)
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.
Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)
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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