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Island in the Sky

Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, National Parks
Activities: Hiking, Mountain biking
Description: This area of Canyonlands has a few hiking trails and views of beautiful canyons.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is a really big park and the distances to get from one to another of the areas make it impossible to visit all three areas in a short time. We visited the Island in the sky area as it was the most accessible from Moab. Nice scenery. No shuttle service so drove to each point of interest using the... More

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Norristown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We came here after going to Arches and were just as impressed! The views compete with that of the Grand Canyon and in my opinion, are better! The canyons are just expansive and they keep going and going and going. Canyon inception for sure! This drive is the best part of the park!!!!! A must see!

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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We didn't have a whole of time to explore Canyonlands so we decided to take the scenic loop drive through the Islands of the Sky region. The views of the canyon and Green River were awesome and unexpectedly there were a lot of wildflowers, adding to the beauty. Don't miss visiting the Mesa Arch.

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wilds of New Jersey
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110 reviews 110 reviews
54 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Island in the Sky is the most accessible section of the Canyonlands park. Its scenic road has several overlooks from which to admire the natural beauty all around you here. But to get an even greater appreciation, take a hike or two. Mesa Arch and Upheaval Dome are your best bets. And the views from the Grand View Point... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We were all in awe of the beautiful views. After dark was amazing. Never seen the Milkyway like that before. Quit a treat to stay after dark. Less then an hour from Moab makes it very convenient.

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Island in the Sky has lots of amazing views. As for the hiking, we hiked the Murphy trail loop. The first two miles were great. After the decent off the rim, the thrill of the hike wire off. It's basically an 8 mile loop through a river wash out to White Rim Road, along the road for a bit and... More

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Columbia River Gorge WA
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6 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

28 Miles I believe from off the main road out of Moab to Canyonlands Islands in the sky furthest point. Drive is long agreed, and on a hot day just note to carry a cooler with Ice and water. There is water at end of the road at Island in the Sky visitor’s center but that's it. All in all... More

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Dallas, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

On our way to Moab we came here first to check out the sights. Our plan was to hit all 5 parks in a week so we wanted to see but knew we had to pick which parks to spend the most time in and that was Arches and Zion. But this area surprised us. The drive in we stopped... More

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42 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

..this was the second park we visited on our tour of Nat'l Parks. It's a long drive to get to the vistor center, and you have to drive around a lot to stop at all the viewing areas. It was hot that day, so we didn't enjoy it as much as we should have. The views were spectacular seeing where... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We visited Island in the Sky near the tail end of our UT parks trip, so we were starting to get a little jaded towards magnificent views and enormous rocks. The one thing that really differentiated it from the other parks was Upheaval Dome. It's unclear what made the enormous crater, but some speculate that it was a meteorites or... More

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