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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

We visited Island in the Sky and loved the views. There is a short walk to see the grand views and great trails.
You do have to pay the national park fee, but it is well worth it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Motivator535
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Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

This section is a bit more visited because of its proximity to Moab. There are stunning views but I enjoyed Needles more. I recommend stopping at the Mesa Arch, Upheaval Dome and Grand View Point. Views are spectacular but it lacks the colors of the Needles District. People say it’s better than the Grand Canyon. I don’t agree.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 448jillh
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

This is a great start on Canyonlands. Easy access and no hiking and very awesome views.
Worth the visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mrt1955
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Island in the Sky is a part of Canyonlands National Park. It is the largest of the three parts and the most accessible. The nearest town is Moab, Utah. The pay station at the park entrance will give you a free map, but it does not contain information about every viewpoint and trail. We purchased a road guide at the visitor center for $4.95 that had great information and exact distances from place to place. I highly recommend it.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Terri P
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Reviewed October 18, 2018

Island in the Sky, also known as Between the Rivers, is the most visited and easily reached and perhaps the most scenic attraction in Canyonlands National Park. Located close to Moab, Utah and Arches National Park, it is the highest section of Canyonlands, with an average elevation of 6,100 feet, and the access road passes many spectacular and breath-taking viewpoints of the deep twisting canyon on either side. The road runs along a narrowing ravine or Seven-Mile Canyon, climbs the steep cliffs on the south side, then ascends more gently over uneven, partly wooded ground to the flat grasslands in the center of the plateau. The flat land at the top of the Island in the Sky mesa becomes narrower towards the south as the river confluence approaches. After the visitors center, the first viewpoint is Shafer Canyon to the east, then the mining settlement of Potash and a meadow known as Grays Pasture. At a fork in the road, follow the West road past the main campground and an overlook of the Green River at Willow Flat, then descend gradually to the end of the mesa at Upheaval Dome. Near the road junction are two short trails, one to Mesa Arch and one to the White Rim and the Green River. The remaining five miles of the main road cross a rather narrow plateau, past several overlooks, including Buck Canyon, Candlestick Tower, Murray Point, Gooseberry Canyon and the Orange Cliffs. The park road ends at Grand View Point, which offers magnificent vistas across the Colorado canyons and the spires of Monument Basin to the distant La Sal Mountains in the east and the Needles area to the south. A further one-mile, 20-minute walk southwards along the Grand View Trail leads to the very end point of the Island in the Sky plateau, where the cliffs drop away in all directions and the canyons of both rivers can be seen. There are places in Canyonlands where you are alone and can't hear a sound. It is an erie experience, one a native of Chicago isn't used to. At times, in certain spots, Island in the Sky feels that way.

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Taylor B
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