THING TO DO

Walk to Grand View Point

people stand behind wooden fence rails at an overlook. Canyons lie beneath the overlook.
From the viewpoint, you can see many parts of the park as well as distant mountains.

NPS/Neal Herbert

an overhead view of hikers on a canyon rim
Hikers along the Grand View Point trail

NPS/Neal Herbert

Grand View Point offers a spectacular view of the Canyonlands area. From the viewpoint at 6,080 feet elevation, you can see distant mountains, canyons, basins, and the White Rim Road.

Location

Grand View Point is the southernmost point along the Island in the Sky scenic drive. The viewpoint is about a 15-minute drive from the visitor center, and about a 60-minute drive from Moab, Utah. There are toilets at the viewpoint, but there is no water. You can get water at the visitor center spring through fall.

Trail

From the parking lot, you can walk a paved 100-yard trail (91 m) to the first viewpoint. This trail is accessible to wheelchairs. Rangers often offer geology talks at the viewpoint, and there are outdoor exhibits describing the view.

From the viewpoint, an outdoor exhibit points out features like The Needles, Monument Basin, the La Sal Mountains, the Abajo Mountains, and the White Rim Road.

Beyond the paved sidewalk, an unpaved trail continues another mile (1.6 km) down stairs and along uneven surfaces and cliff edges to a second viewpoint. Allow about 90 minutes roundtrip to hike the longer trail.

Ranger Programs

Grand View Point is a perfect place to see the park's geology. Rangers present geology talks at the viewpoint spring through fall. Check out our schedule of ranger programs. Schedules may change. Check at the visitor center for the latest program information.

a paved sidewalk leads to a group of people standing at a viewpoint
A paved sidewalk leads to the spectacular Grand View Point. Rangers offer geology talks spring through fall.

NPS/Chris Wonderly

Protect your park. Protect yourself.

Protect fragile biological soil crust by hiking only on established trails, bare rock, or in sandy washes (where water flows when it rains).

Practice safe hiking. Avoid hiking in midday summer heat. Carry and drink water and eat salty snacks during your hike. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Read more about staying safe.

Details
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Accessibility Information
  • The first 100 yards (91 m) to a viewpoint is a flat, paved sidewalk, which is accessible to wheelchairs.
  • The trail continues another mile along stairs, uneven surfaces, and cliff edges to a second viewpoint. It is not accessible to wheelchairs.
  • In winter, there may be snow or icy conditions; we recommend traction devices for hikers.
  • Service animals are allowed in national parks. For a definition of a service animal, please see the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Pets are not allowed on this trail.

Last updated: April 4, 2018