Take in the Sunset at Grand View Point

Utah Grand View Point

Added by Casey Berner

Distance: 2 miles (flat)Witness 100's of canyons from a single overlookWatch the red rock of Canyonlands fade to orange and purpleThere are also family friendly with view points steps from you car

If you have one hour in Moab, Utah, head to Grand View Point inside Canyonlands National Park. You ideally should plan multiple days to explore the many amazing features and trails of Moab and its two National Parks (Canyonlands and Arches), but if you see only one thing, it should be the view from the edge of the Island in the Sky District.

From the Island in the Sky Visitor Center (40 mins from Moab), it's a 12 mile drive around the twists and turns on Grand View Point Rd. to the Grand View Point parking lot. You'll pass Mesa Arch and other stops along the road that you should definitely make time for, but the real treat is the incredibly unique view from Grand View Point. Some of the best scenic locations are just steps from your vehicle. If you're feeling adventurous and have time before sunset, take the 2 mile round trip hike along the edge of Island in the Sky on the Grand View Point trail. It's very flat, not too challenging, and will separate you from the majority of people at the trailhead.

Bring you camera, especially if it's around sunset. The amazing color and saturation rivals the Grand Canyon sunsets. You wont be disappointed. There are plenty of spots to post up with a significant other and watch the 100s of canyons of Canyonlands fade into darkness.

Afterward, if there is still light, explore more of Canyonlands' Island in the Sky district. Or head back into town and take in Moab with a beer at Moab Brewing where you'll run into all kinds of adventurers visiting and living in Moab. The Red Rye IPA is a Moab favorite.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Walking Shoes
  • Light Jacket (Fall or Winter)
  • Flashlight/ headlamp (after dark)
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Chillin, Hiking, Photography

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17 days ago

Beautiful Any Time Of Day

Short hike with expansive views of Canyonlands. Great first stop before backtracking to the other view points! Love taking friends here who have never been to Canyonlands before, their eyes get so big.

17 days ago

over 1 year ago

There's so much to see at this viewpoint you'll be lost in the landscape. Sunrise or sunset can be great but make sure to give yourself time to scout out a nice composition.

over 1 year ago

Added by Casey Berner

A mountain man raised in the flat of the midwest who escaped to Washington when he was 23 and never looked back. Photographer/Videographer/Adventurer

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