Island in the Sky District
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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. Pets are not allowed on this trail. What is a service animal?
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.
Last updated: January 28, 2021