Whale Rock In Canyonlands National Park
Whale Rock is located in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park.
This unique natural feature is a massive sandstone fin that resembles a giant whale. You can’t really make out the whale shape from the trailhead or while climbing it. From a distance though while driving toward the colossal formation you can definitely see how it got its name. Unfortunately I didn’t get any good pics.
A one-mile round trip hike ascends 100 feet to the top of Whale Rock. You will follow cairns to mark your path and travel over slickrock. Once you reach the top you will be treated to views of Upheaval Dome to the west and canyons to the south. I think once upon a time handrails were in place, but we saw none while on our visit.
There are steep drop-offs on all sides so be careful where you walk and keep an eye on your little ones. It’s a short and easy family friendly hike that won’t take long. It has some great views from the top and how many people do you know can say they walked on the back of a whale?