Colorado River Overlook

Moab, Utah 84532

Colorado River Overlook

Colorado River Overlook Professional Review and Guide

"Saddle up the whole family and venture to an overlook of the river that has become synonymous with Canyonlands National Park—the Colorado River. The Spanish gave the river its name, which means reddish-tainted river. After a contorted run through the Island in the Sky District, the Colorado takes on a straighter course to its confluence with the Green River just out of sight downstream. But the Colorado’s down-cutting temperament has not changed, for it has carved a corridor nearly 900-feet deep through varicolored sandstones. Yet again, the Colorado makes known its intention of reaching the Pacific Ocean via the shortest possible route and taking with it anything earthen that lies in its way.

Most of the route is easy pedaling on a sandy doubletrack across blackbrush plains interrupted by sandstone outcrops. However, the last 2 miles cross barren rock that has eroded to a chipped surface with tiny potholes that might be too rough for tag-along child trailers. Still, this is a wonderful introduction to the Needles District that ends with yet another sublime overlook of southern Utah’s master sculpture. Tread: Sandy doubletracks with roughened slickrock."

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Trail Information

Moab
Nearby City
14
Distance
650 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate
Physical Difficulty
Spring (March into June) and Fall (September into November)
Season
4,920 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Canyonlands National Park, Needles District, 435-259-4711
Local Contacts
USGS: The Loop
Local Maps

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Jul 2018