Island in the Sky
If you have....
1 Hour: Drive to Grand View Point and enjoy a broad view of the entire park. If time permits, visit Buck Canyon or Shafer Canyon overlooks along the way.
2 Hours: Visit Grand View Point and Green River Overlook, and hike the 0.5-mile-loop nature trail to Mesa Arch.
Half a day: Visit all of the above and enjoy many of the other short, mesa top nature trails to features like Whale Rock or Upheaval Dome. Attend a ranger-led program. Visitors with four-wheel-drive may consider returning to Moab via the Shafer Trail and Potash roads.
Many days: Use the campground as a base camp and explore the district on foot or in a vehicle. Backpack into Taylor Canyon for a night, or to the Colorado River via Lathrop Canyon, or consider a multi-day, four-wheel-drive or mountain bike trip along the White Rim Road (permit required).
If you have...
1 Hour: Hike any one of the short interpretive trails and drive to Big Spring Canyon Overlook to enjoy the view.
2 Hours: Drive the three-mile unpaved Elephant Hill access road for a distant view of The Needles. Hike one or two of the short interpretive trails.
Half a Day: In addition to enjoying the scenic drive, hikers can explore the Slickrock Trail or walk to the edge of Chesler Park for a closer look at The Needles. Visitors with four-wheel-drive vehicles might consider driving to the Colorado River Overlook. Spend some time at the visitor center learning about the area.
Full Day: Hike one of the longer backcountry trails, or spend time exploring the four-wheel-drive roads, traveling up Horse Canyon to see the arches, or over Elephant Hill to the Confluence Overlook. (Permits required.)
Many Days: Use the campground as a base camp and explore some of the hiking trails. Backpackers could spend a night in Chesler Park or Lost Canyon. Visitors with four-wheel-drive could move their base camp into the backcountry, stay at Devils Kitchen or Peekaboo, and explore the area around those locations. (Permits are required for many backcountry visits.)