Experience the Grand View Point at Canyonlands National Park

The name says it all: the Grand View Point brings you to the edge of Canyonlands. Incredible views await. Take in the immense canyon system sprawled out beneath you while the La Sal Mountains loom in the background. This highly-accessible, family-friendly viewpoint is a must-see destination in Canyonlands National Park.

Where is the Grand View Point?

Situated at 6,080 feet above sea level, the Grand View Point soars above Canyonlands National Park. You’ll be able to spot the Needles District, the Maze District, and beyond at this iconic viewpoint.

Simply continue down the Grand View Point Road once you pass the Island in the Sky Visitor Center. At the end of the road, you’ll find parking for the Grand View Point. Just 15 minutes from the visitor center and only an hour from Moab, this must-see attraction makes for the perfect accessible outing for the whole family.

When is the Best Time to Visit the Grand View Point?

The Grand View Point is a well-known spot and frequented by nearly every visitor to the park. Expect to see crowds here at all hours of the day. However, if you really want a sense of drama, visit the Grand View Point during the dawn or dusk. You’ll see expansive shadows that really tell the story of just how huge the Canyonlands rock formations are.

For those with small children, try timing your visit to the Grand View Point when a ranger program is available. Learn all about the ecology, geology, and history of this unique landscape. Check with the ranger schedule for the latest programs.

Pro Tip: The Grand View Point makes for an unforgettable sunset in Canyonlands National Park.

Practical Information About the Grand View Point Trail

The Grand View Point Trail features a paved section that’s wheelchair accessible, making it an ideal choice for families and those with small children. There are also wooden rails along the edge to protect you from an unwanted slip.

Here’s a look at what you need to know to visit the Grand View Point Trail.

Distance: 1.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 173 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Dogs Allowed? No

Hiking to the Grand View Point

Make your way along the paved trail for 100 yards. Once you reach the first viewpoint, the trail continues unpaved for another mile. Navigate a few stairs and cliff edges for the second viewpoint. Here you’ll find a railed viewpoint featuring jaw-dropping views of the canyon system below.

Must-See Nearby Attractions

Once you’ve visited the Grand View Point, be sure to stop by these incredible attractions nearby:

  • White Rim Overlook
  • Gooseberry Trail
  • Murphy Overlook
  • Mesa Arch

Don’t forget to add the Grand Viewpoint to your Moab bucket list. With spectacular views and unbelievable red rock formations, this viewpoint is sure to take your breath away.