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District Maps and Guides
Island in the Sky Trails and Roads
Brief overview of the trails and four-wheel-drive roads at Island in the Sky. Includes district map. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Canyonlands National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky District Trails and Roads Paved road/ Pull out High-clearance, 4-wheel-drive road Unpaved 2-wheel-drive road Hiking Trail At-large Backpacking Zone Boat launch Ranger station Name of Backpacking Zone Name Water available Developed Campground Self-guiding trail Backcountry Vehicle Camp D Picnic area T Designated Backpacking Site Backcountry Trailhead Parking Toilet NOTE: White shading within Canyonlands National Park indicates areas with designated site camping only. Island In The Sky Visitor Center to Moab 32mi/51km 313 2.4 Long Ca Mineral Bottom l) ai s or 0 (H d 5.6 l Roa ra Mine ad r fT e hi et 1. nyon Ro 12.9 DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK 6.5 Visitor Center H EA Taylor A in Syncl e Y 4.9 D Syncline Hardscrabble l 1.5 5.3 5.8 Gooseneck Overlook Whale Rock 4 3. First Overlook 3.8 Second Overlook T 6.8 3 11. 6mi 11 .0 Upper West Basins p ro T T ISLAND IN THE SKY th Upheaval Dome Musselman Arch La Potato Bottom Potash ai l Neck Spring g rin Tra i O N Sp N 3.5 1.5 Dead Horse Point Overlook 1.0 r Tr Shafe ve co C 5.6 1.7 L Al VA Shafer Visitor Center C A N Y O N ad UP Ro 0.6 Fort Bottom Ruin Moses and Zeus 1.0 Taylor i 5.0 T A Y L O R 1m Labyrinth Wil Washer Woman Arch ite I Gooseberry/ Lathrop e Wh it n 0.5 Buck Canyon Overlook 1.3 I 1.5 R ee P m Ri T Murphy Point O Gr 6mi 10km 2.8 3 ry ber Go o se M 2.7 1. Gooseberry 2.7 White Rim Overlook Murphy Hogback Grand View Point Overlook T 8.0 0 1. 5 5. Rive r R W H I I M Monument Basin E T 1.4 White Crack TH E M A Z E R E 10.0 4.0 T Candlestick 11.5 Willow Green River Flat Overlook R o ad Wh H Mesa Arch Airport L A T H W Ri m Aztec Butte Rive hite ad Lower Basins THE LOOP Colorado Ro T r 5mi 6.1 Interpretive Activities Visitor Center Interpretive Talks and Guided Walks Open daily March through December, 9 am to 4 pm, with extended hours in summer. Exhibits, information, permits, video presentation, booksales, and water for sale. Call 435-259-4712 to verify hours. Presented daily March through October. Locations, times, and topics vary. A program schedule and description of activities is posted at the visitor center, campground, and entrance station. Hiking Trails Trails are marked with cairns (small rock piles). Do not disturb existing cairns or build new ones. Signs are located at trailheads and intersections. All trails leading below the mesa top are primitive and rough. There is no potable water along any hiking trails. Drinking water is available spring through fall at the visitor center. Potash and Shafer Trail roads in a single day. You can walk your pet along paved roads, in parking lots, and at Willow Flat Campground, but must be on a leash at all times. Protect your pet from heat exhaustion: do not leave your pet unattended in a vehicle during hot weather. Traveling With Pets Pets are not allowed on any hiking trails or in the backcountry. Pets may not accompany you in your vehicle on four-wheel-drive roads, except when traveling along the Backcountry Reservations Reservation Office 2282 Resource Blvd. Moab, UT 84532 Phone: 435-259-4351 www.nps.gov/cany Round-Trip Distance Round-Trip Hiking Time One-way Elevation Change 0.5mi / 0.8km 3.6mi / 5.8km 1.8mi / 2.9km 2.0mi / 3.2km 30 minutes 2 hours 1 hour 1.5 hours 100ft / 30m 100ft / 30m 25ft / 8m 50ft / 15m good for sunrise, arch on cliff edge panoramic view w/Henry Mtns. view of potholes, White Rim Road panoramic view along cliff edge 5.8mi / 9.3km 2.0mi / 3.2km 1.0mi / 1.6km 3 - 4 hours 1.5 hours 1 hour 300ft / 91m 225ft / 69m 100ft / 30m springs, evidence of ranching steep slickrock to top, grainaries bare slickrock, good views 0.8mi / 1.3km 1.8mi / 2.9km 1 hour 1.5 hours 100ft / 30m 150ft / 45m view into crater crater & upheaval canyon view 13.6mi / 22km 21.6mi / 34.7km 10.8mi / 17.4km 5.4mi / 8.6km 12.2mi / 19.6km 11.2mi / 18km 8.3mi / 13.3km 3mi / 4.8km 7mi / 11.2km 5- 7 hours overnight 5 - 7 hours 4 - 6 hours 6 - 8 hours 6 - 7 hours 5 - 7 hours 2 hours 3 - 4 hours 1600ft / 488m 2000ft / 610m 1400ft / 427m 1400ft / 427m 1600ft / 488m 1300ft / 396m 1300ft / 396m 350ft / 107m 400ft / 122m views of Colorado River & LaSals river access, cottonwoods panoramic view from hogback views of cliffs & LaSal Mtns. slot cyn across White Rim Road large alcove, views of Taylor Cyn canyon hiking, some shade some scrambling over rocks sandy hike along wash bottom 0.6mi / 1.0km 3mi / 4.8km 1mi /1.6km 30 minutes 2 hours 1 hour 50ft / 15m 500ft / 152m 500ft / 152m excellent view of Colorado River tower ruin from ancient times views of Taylor Cyn, climbing routes Description Mesa Top (Easy Trails) Mesa Arch Murphy Point Overlook White Rim Overlook Grand View Point Mesa Top (Moderate Trails) Neck Spring Aztec Butte Whale Rock Upheaval Dome to first overlook to second overlook Mesa Top to White Rim (Steep & Strenuous Trails) Lathrop to White Rim Road to Colorado River Murphy Loop Gooseberry Wilhite Alcove Spring Syncline Loop Upheaval Crater spur Upheaval Canyon spur Trails along the White Rim Road Gooseneck Overlook Fort Bottom Ruin Moses and Zeus Protect Your Park For More Information Canyonlands National Park 2282 Resource Blvd. Moab, UT 84532 (435)719-2313 Web www.nps.gov/cany Social Media @CanyonlandsNPS • Pets are not allowed on hiking trails or four-wheel-drive roads, even in a vehicle. Pets may accompany groups traveling by vehicle on the Potash and Shafer Trail roads in a single day. • Do not enter, alter, damage or deface archeological sites. Do not collect artifacts. • Vehicles and bikes must stay on roads. • ATVs and OHVs are not permitted. • Protect cryptobiotic soil crusts by staying on trails and roads. • Permits are required for all overnight backcountry trips. EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA Protect Yourself • Drink at least one gallon (4 L) of water each day. Be sure to eat food as well. • Always carry a topo map, adequate clothing, and a flashlight. • Remain in one place if you become lost or separated from a group. • Never cross a canyon that is flooding. • During lightning storms, avoid lone trees, cliff edges and high ridges. Return to your vehicle if possible. • Be careful near cliff edges, especially when rock surfaces are wet or icy. Printed by Canyonlands Natural History Association 12/17