"Island in the Sky: Scenic drive and overlooks" Top 5 Page for this destination Canyonlands National Park Things to Do Tip by goodfish

Canyonlands National Park Things to Do: 152 reviews and 316 photos

  Green River Overlook, Canyonlands
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  • Green River Overlook, Canyonlands - Canyonlands National Park
      Green River Overlook, Canyonlands
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  • Buck Canyon Overlook, Canyonlands - Canyonlands National Park
      Buck Canyon Overlook, Canyonlands
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      Buck Canyon Overlook, Canyonlands
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Island in the Sky really needs to be explored from the trails or unpaved bike/4X4 roads to get the full effect but if you have mobility issues or are pressed for time, you can get a taste from the pullovers and a few overlooks along the 20 miles of paved scenic road. Buck Canyon, Green River and Grand View overlooks are all accessible to wheelchairs and strollers and all provide jaw-dropping views for the camera. The scenic road is in 3 branches and all require doubling back to the park entrance - no loops. Bring a cooler along for lunch at the White Rim Overlook or Upheaval Dome picnic areas - they both have a few covered tables and vault toilets (but no water).

The 32-mile drive to the visitor center from Moab is pretty scenic too: lots of red rock and a few pull-overs here and there as well. Monitor and Merrimac Buttes viewpoint on Hwy 313 is a nice one.

http://www.nps.gov/cany

Address: Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Website: http://www.nps.gov/cany

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  • Updated Nov 28, 2013
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    gorgeous scenery!

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Sep 29, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      My shots don't do it justice. We're just back from another trip out there and I've got more to add (way too many).

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