Overview

This easy trail accesses the end of a narrow and lofty mesa offering one of the finest panoramic vistas in all of Canyonlands National Park. From the overlook hikers are treated to a fantastic view of the White Rim a layer of white sandstone that forms an abrupt edge above the many canyons below.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.

The Trailhead

This hike begins at the picnic area (38.322879, -109.849492) on Grand View Point 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 12.5 miles to signed picnic area on the left.
  4. Turn left (east) into the picnic area and continue 0.1 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right.

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

The Hike

From the parking area, begin hiking east on the signed trail. After a few hundred feet, turn right at the signed junction for the White Rim Overlook. Continue hiking as the trail meanders through a pinion and juniper forest with excellent views of the La Sal Mountains to the east.

As you approach the end of the trail, the views become dramatic, as the mesa gets increasingly narrow until it eventually ends high above the White Rim, offering one of the finest views in Canyonlands National Park. The view south offers a dizzying perspective of Monument Basin and the crumbling edge of the White Rim Sandstone, nearly 1,400 feet below. 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 trailhead is provided by Backcountry Post.