Upheaval Dome
Upheaval Dome
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kmz88
Plon, Germany406 contributions
Dec 2021
This was a steep but beautiful hike. There are 2 viewpoints for the dome. But you can see many other parts of the valley from here as well, which the beautiful. The dome itself is stunning with varied colors. The signs explaining how they figured out it's origin are very informative.
Written February 24, 2022
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LSUTraveller
Watson, LA1,856 contributions
Jan 2021
It's a decent hike, but would honestly suggest that there are others that offer a better experience or view. This dome is unique, but a bit of a let down upon arrival - kind of a "is that it?" moment. It's not a tough hike, but if time is an issue - you might find another option.
Written January 10, 2021
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Ashley Mantras
Murrieta, CA113 contributions
Sep 2019
We did this hike in just 2 short hours. Because we weren't prepared to hike my husband hiked with our 4-year-old in a back harness (she was in a dress and Native shoes). She could have easily done with the hike with multiple stops. The beginning kind of starts out weird because the signs to say go straight but really move to the right. Other than that the hike was well marked up until you reach the dome.
Written February 19, 2020
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MemoryMaker5
Ohio1,087 contributions
Jul 2021
We loved this hike! Go the whole route, not just to the first stop. You'll miss some of the best parts if you don't continue. I would say it is moderate, but definetly worth it. The top is windy and exciting with good panoramic views. It was one of our favorite hikes.
Written July 7, 2021
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michaeljones46
Oklahoma City, OK487 contributions
Apr 2021
Just a 10 minute hike from the parking lot, but worth the effort. Path is uphill but has good steps built for access, most anyone mobile could do the hike. Certainly a different looking place with its blue-green soil in the bottom. Not a dome, it is more like a crater you can look down in to.
Written May 1, 2021
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Oct 2021
So, the photo of Upheaval Dome on the sign at the trailhead? WAY more impressive than seeing the dome in person from either the first or second overlooks. I don't know -- it just looks like a bowl to me. Geologists say it's either a salt dome or the result of a meteorite strike, but I say it's hardly worth the huffing and puffy to climb up there. This was, however, the very last thing ( did in a 12-day trip to all of Utah's Mighty 5 national parks, so I may have been a bit jaded by then.

TIP:

* There is a very challenging 8.3-mile Syncline Loop that starts near the overlooks, but do that at your peril. I read when we got home that Syncline Loop is where most of the park's rescues take place!
Written November 10, 2021
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Cherry_Wonderdog
New England3,143 contributions
May 2018 • Family
For anyone taking their first hike in Canyonlands, this can harshly be rated below five stars. It’s a gorgeous area with two options for incredible views off steep cliffs of what might well have been an asteroid crater. It’s a moderately strenuous walk, as opposed to the relatively easy Grand View Point Overlook, so the return on investment is perhaps a bit less. But the return itself is still a sizeable one! Since we were happy to hike and enjoy the scenery in anticipation of the views, we had a great time. Isn’t that the way most great hikes should be?
Written May 28, 2018
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LPWilliams
London, UK981 contributions
Jun 2011 • Solo
I hiked the entire 'Upheaval Trail' (there are short and long versions) during my multi-day visit to the magical Canyonlands NP, as part of my month-long tour of the Utah/Arizona natural attractions last year. I have posted separate reviews for several individual trails/overlooks, plus an 'introductory' review for the 2 main areas within the NP ('Island in the Sky' and the 'Needles') and the NP as a whole under the TA webpage (incorrectly) entitled 'Canyonland' (sic).

Situated within the 'Island in the Sky' region, I think that the 'Upheaval Dome Trail' is quite enjoyable and can be not that strenuous if you restrict yourself to hiking to just the 'UD' overlook point. However, it was one of the few trails where the resultant views left me slightly underwhelmed - I think that there is much better on offer elsewhere in the region...

Going to the trail is unusual for the IITS region in that it offers a great option for a meal stop as, whilst the trailhead parking area is not that large, it incorporates a number of relatively 'private' vehicle 'slots, picnic areas/tables and adjacent toilet facilities....

I have compiled an extensive Trip Advisor 'Trip List' for my tour, which includes 'extra' attractions and also has links to the other individual TA reviews I've contributed for the accommodation/attractions I visited - it has been made a Trip Advisor 'Itinerary'; I hope it is of interest and use to you, especially as I have also included visitor information/viewable media sections to add to the information 'count'..... The most direct way to access it is by clicking my review-count below my profile name to the left of this review text. Alternatively, see after my review below the dashed line...

Along with a link at the end of this review, you can also access my other Canyonlands reviews that way...

The trailhead is easy to find, since the parking area is situated around a 'loop' of the main scenic drive where it's as far north as the road goes.

As the trail is popular and the parking area incorporates a number of relatively 'private' vehicle 'slots, picnic areas/tables and adjacent toilet facilities, things can get quite busy and finding a space MUCH more problematic.that any other trailhead parking area I stopped at in the entire NP; if you arrive at the 'wrong' time you might have to 'lay-up' roadside short of the parking area.....

There is a large and detailed information board with a map showing the destination and enroute features; my photo of it will hopefully be added to this review....The trail has a round-trip distance of just under a mile and an ascent of some 50ft to the first overlook point; hiking the more strenuous section to the more rewarding second overlook point adds a mile to the round-trip distance and an extra 150ft to the ascent total - it is graded by the NP as 'Moderate'.

Underfoot the trail is essentially rock and some of the sloped portions have steps 'carved' out into them. Despite the apparent 'diminutive' trail dimensions, elements of it can be relatively challenging as they are quite steep and narrow.

I didn't find much of the first overlook route to be that scenic, meaning it was something of a chore to hike - and I didn't find the resulting views that special either ! Fortunately, what it did offer was a nice nearby rock overhang refuge which came in handy when a massive thunderstorm rolled-in; joined by a few other passer-bys I 'invited in', we sat there chatting and stayed dry as a bone whilst others scampered around getting soaked !

Happily, the route to the second overlook might involve more distance and ascent, but I found it to offer a more enjoyable walking experience as you traverse slick rock undulations and flats before reaching the overlook point offering much wider views, albeit which still left me slightly underwhelmed. No rain refuges are on that second section - you've been warned !

I'm sure that those more well-informed than me, especially geologist types, would find the viewing experience of the 'upheaval' area to be far more rewarding than I found them, but as it was I feel that the views are a little too 'claustrophobic' for my taste with the wider, more distant, vistas available almost everywhere else in the region to be more suited to my 'sight-seeing' eye; also, for me there just wasn't enough 'going on' in and around what you see to make it interesting...

This trail is worth doing, but you need to know what you're looking for at the overlook points to get any real benefit. The first overlook trail was really rather boring to hike and was, for me, nothing more than a 'means to an end' rather than an experience in itself. The trail to the second overlook was more enjoyable, but I couldn't really get that excited about the resulting views of the 'upheaval' area. The trailhead does offer some plus points for a meal stop and facilities, but it can get a bit 'busy'. Overall, I feel there are much, much better hiking/viewing options in the IITS region of Canyonlands NP and if you're short of time this trail should be towards the end of your list...

I will add relevant photos and video after this review is posted by TA.

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As well as the method described near the start of this review my TA 'Trip List' can also be accessed from the 'Utah Itineraries' link on the right of the Utah Forum page. Or the direct link is :

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i24850-Las_Vegas_to_Zion_Bryce_and_other.html

Alternatively, to search via TA, it is entitled 'Las Vegas to Zion, Bryce and other SUtah Natl Parks + Monument Valley-May 2011'.

Please feel free to send me messages with any questions.
Written May 26, 2012
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leaholden
190 contributions
Sep 2020
Nice hike. Not the easiest, but not the hardest. Very lovely location with a unique story behind it.
Written October 23, 2020
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Stlsojourner
Saint Louis, MO57 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
The hike to Upheaval Dome (UD) is a 1.7 mile round trip if both stops are visited. Once again, barren rock formations present a wonder to behold. Desolation is beautiful as long as you have food and water and a warm place to sleep!

How this place was formed is still debated. Either the collapse of a salt dome or the eroded remnant of a meteor strike. Check it out online.

However it was created, this short "moderate" hike rewards you with 2 different views of UD. The walk is certainly worth the effort. This place is also in the vicinity of "Whale Rock" which should also be explored. There are restroom facilities and picnic areas here as well.
Written August 11, 2017
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