Upheaval Dome, Canyonlands National Park

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Upheaval Dome is an impact structure, the deeply eroded bottom-most remnants of an impact crater, in Canyonlands National Park southwest of the city of Moab, Utah, in the United States. The crater is located in the Island in the Sky section of the park, and is approximately 42 miles (67 km) by vehicle from Moab.It is approximately 5 km in diameter and the crater is known to be less than 170 million years old (Jurassic or younger, but how much younger is not established.) The crater is clearly visible on the surface as bright brown and black concentric rings.Stratigraphically, the oldest formation exposed in the center of the dome is the Permian Organ Rock Shale. This is overlain by the Permian White Rim Sandstone. Both are sometimes considered part of the Cutler Formation. Overlying these are the Triassic Moenkopi Formation (which is bounded top and bottom by unconformities), the Chinle Formation, the cliff-forming Wingate Sandstone, the Kayenta Formation, and the crossbedded Triassic-Jurassic Navajo Sandstone.
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  • From the parking lot, you have 2 options to - you can take the shorter trail to Upheaval Dome or there is an extended one with another view point. We took the shorter one. It was pretty easy and we en...  more »
  • I made the hike to both viewpoints, but found that I woudl be better off with hiking boots and less clothes. I started in mild weather but as it took about an hour each way, the temperature rose and I...  more »
  • This is a short hike from the parking lot. However it is a hike and not just a walk. It involves hiking up some rocks and is about 0.8 miles or so. The hike up to the overlook is very beautiful. We co...  more »
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