Overview

This trail follows the soaring rim of Grand View Point. Sitting thousands of feet above the rest of Canyonlands National Park it offers one of the finest views in Utah. This trail is suitable for children and adults of all skill levels but does have some mild slopes and uneven terrain that may be difficult for some. Watch children closely near cliff edges.

Trailhead

This hike begins at Grand View Point (38.310702, -109.856589) in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. To reach Island in the Sky from Moab, UT:

  1. Drive north on Highway 191 to the signed junction on the left for Canyonlands National Park.
  2. Drive approximately 20 miles, following signs to the Island in the Sky entrance station.
  3. From the entrance station, continue approximately 13.3 miles to Grand View Point parking area at the end of the road.

There is a $25 per vehicle fee to enter Canyonlands National Park.

The Hike

From the parking area, begin hiking south on the paved path that eventually leads to a fenced overlook. From the end of the walkway, follow a series of stone steps down to the rim of the mesa, and follow the trail east. The trail is marked periodically by stacks of rocks called cairns. For the first half mile, the trail stays close to the south rim of the mesa, offering incredible views of the White Rim and Monument Basin below. The Needles District of Canyonlands National Park is also visible in the distance.

Keep hiking as the trail crosses over to the north rim, offering a view west toward The Maze District and Stillwater Canyon. After approximately one mile, the trail ends at an overlook at the southernmost tip of Grand View Point. For the ultimate view, climb to the top of a rock outcropping at the end of the mesa, or just take in the sights from along the rim. Return the way you came.

Rules & Regulations

  • $25 per vehicle fee required to enter Canyonlands National Park. (Annual and regional passes are available.)
  • Pack out all trash.

Special Considerations

  • This area can be extremely hot during spring, summer and fall. Carry plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.
  • Use extreme caution near cliff edges.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.