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A meteorite crash?

This feature in Canyonlands is unusual and may be the result of a meteorite crashing into the earth... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Thomas F
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Columbia, Maryland
About an hour walk, nice view

We did the short hike to the first outlook of Upheaval Dome. While the view is "nice", we were not... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2018
swissami19
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Zug, Switzerland
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Reviewed July 16, 2017

Anyone couldn't obtain how arrived this geological feature, even the scientists. For visitors most interesting see it, look and fill the strong of nature forces created this crater million years ago. It worse to see it!. The crater, the color sands, the rocks and cliffs and the dome inside the crater. It is clearly seen already from first view point, and not difficult to reach. The second view point is more far, but always possible finish trail in same intermediate point and return - there a lot of cosmic landscapes due walking.

Thank Pudik
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Reviewed June 6, 2017 via mobile

The hike from the parking lot to the first view point involves a number of uneven steep steps and walking on uneven rocks. We arrived here later in the day and found the walk quite tiring in the heat.

Thank johncb7
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Reviewed June 6, 2017

Upheaval Dome is a popular area within Canyonlands National Park where visitors are treated to a range of short and longer hikes and nice viewpoints into what is a genuinely unique geological land formation.

Visitors can reach the Upheaval Dome area at the end of the Upheaval Dome Road after turning off Grandview Point Road in the Island of the Sky section of the NP. From the Upheaval carpark area, there are short hike opportunities to viewpoints into the Upheaval Dome.

From here you can peer into what is most likely a meteorite impact. Interestingly, it is also debated that this might be a salt dome uplift. Evidence for the later comes from the colourful sediment and earth layers which can be seen at this location.

You can view Upheaval Dome well from the 1st and 2nd Crater Overlooks. You can also make your way along the longer Syncline Loop Trail which circles Upheaval Dome and then descends into the crater floor.

The landscape at Upheaval Dome is dramatic and remarkable. The entire area is highly photogenic and easy to appreciate for its unique geological makeup and pure beauty.

Overall, we really enjoyed the short and relatively easy hike to the two Crater Overlooks. This was a nice way to spend an hour in the morning before larger crowds had arrived. We were mostly on our own with only a few other hikers spotted during our visit. During future visits we would try to make time for the longer Syncline Loop Trail to take in more of the Upheaval Dome area.

Thank BradJill
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Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

If it is a crater or something else, scientists do not agree. I don't care, it s beautifull, it is a good half mile walk and you can take a look into the bottom of the crater. If you want you can go to the other viewpoint or even walk around it.

Thank Hans V
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Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

The walk from the carpark is short but rather strenous (uphill), but it's worth the effort.
It's unknown wat caused this formation, but it's unlike anything else in the parks of Utah

Thank Monique E
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