Grand View Point and Grand View Trail in Canyonlands, National Park, Utah is at the end of the Island of the Sky scenic drive. This was one of our stops and hikes on Sept 29, 2020 while in Canyonlands.
Canyonlands is located about 40 minutes from Moab, Utah where we were staying. We took US 191 North to UT 313 West. Grand View Point is 14 miles from the park entrance following Island of the Sky Scenic Road.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park is in Utah and divided into four distinct districts. They are, Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and The Rivers. There is no easy or short way to get from one district to the other regardless of how close they are as a bird flys. Each area is unique and showcases different recreational activities and geological formations. Island of the Sky is the most assessable and easiest to navigate and tour. For more information click on this Canyonlands National Park link.
Grand View Point
Grand View Point overlooks the canyon below and you can see the Needles District in the distance and also White Rim Road down in the canyon. It is quite a view. When we were there it was a bit hazy from the wildfires but not too bad.
Grand View Point Trail
Grand View Point Trail is not quite a 2 mile out and back trail following along the rim. It is a fun trail with scenic views from all directions. This was the busiest trail we were on in Canyonlands but it did not seem crowded. We were here around 9:00 in the morning. It was easy to walk on with a some steps to walk up and also a few rocks to walk on but no scrambling and nothing technical.
Towards the end of the Grand View Trail if you look the other direction you can see the Orange Cliffs in a distance. There is an overlook for them along the Island of the Sky Scenic Road but we did not stop there.
Grand View Point and Trail in Canyonlands were both fun to see and hike. The less than 2 mile round trip trail was easy and scenic and took us about an hour.
If you follow my blog you can probably guess we used a Falcon Guide book for planning this trip. You can click this link if interested in the book, Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Park. This book was good for us as it gave information not just on hiking but on 4 wheel drive roads in the area. We did some 4 wheel driving on this trip so it was good information. I will write about that in a later post!
We also found a map to be valuable on this trip, although we didn’t necessarily need it for hiking it was good to have. As usual, we like the National Geographic Maps and you can find one at the following link. Canyonlands National Parks Trails Illustrated Map. Maps are also available for each district in Canyonlands, although we found for what we were doing this map was perfect.