White Rim Overlook Trail In Canyonlands National Park
The White Rim Overlook Trail is located in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park.
This is an easy and family friendly 1.8 mile roundtrip hike with about 180 feet of elevation gain. On your trek you will encounter incredible views of the Colorado River, Monument Basin, the 4WD White Rim Road below and La Sal Mountains. The best time to hike this narrow mesa is in the afternoon. There are several nice picnic areas around the loop near the trailhead so once you are done with the hike enjoy a nice snack break in the shade.
Parking is limited at the trailhead so it may take you more than one try to find a spot. From the trailhead you can also hike the Gooseberry Canyon trail which is a much more strenuous 5.4 mile roundtrip hike with 1,400 feet elevation gain down into the canyon. It also has severe switchbacks and steep cliff drop-offs so not for the faint of heart. We skipped this one lol.
The trail travels to the end of the peninsula over slickrock marked by cairns and normal desert landscape singletrack. Once you reach the end the views are spectacular just watch your step because the drop-offs to the canyon floor below are a long way down. There are also a number of massive rock formations at the end that are perfect picture taking locations.
This was one of our favorite hikes in the park. The truth is we loved every hike we did in the park. I really knew nothing of Canyonlands before arriving and it quickly became one of my favorite national parks. This trail is perfect for everyone and it offers an amazing look at what Canyonlands National Park is all about.
DO NOT MISS this hike!