Round-Trip Length: 2 miles
Start-End Elevation: 6,192 – 6,274′
Elevation Change: +120’
Skill Level: Easy
Trailhead Location: 12 miles south of the Island in the Sky visitor center in Canyonlands National Park 32 miles from Moab, Utah.
Looking back through some pictures from several years ago, I came across our trip to Moab, Utah and hikes we took in Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park. Utah has some spectacular scenery much different from Colorado. The Grand View Point hike is really more of a walk than a hike. We did this several years ago when our kids were much younger. It’s a great family walk/hike which is short and provides fantastic views and vistas.
Canyonlands National Park is a wilderness of canyons and buttes carved by the Colorado River and Green River. The rivers divide the park into 3 sections: Island in the Sky, Needles, and the Maze. The Island in the Sky mesa rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain.
A look down from the mesa at the finger-like canyons below.
Looking down toward Monument Basin.
The “trail” actually follows the edge of the mesa.
A lone tree appearing to grow right out of the rock along the mesa edge.
A shot of a one of the canyons with the La Sal Mountains in the background.
A view into the canyon and the river.
More great shots along the trail.
Even though the trail is short, it certainly takes you to some spectacular views and varied landscapes.