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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  • August 11, 2017
    The hike to Upheaval Dome (UD) is a 1.7 mile round trip if both stops are visited. Once again, barren rock formations present a wonder to behold. Desolation is beautiful as long as you have food and w...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    The upheaval Dome feature is one of the major interesting features in Canyonlands NP. There is rim outlook and a short hike to the feature. It is well worth a short stop and loop as you drive through ...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    Anyone couldn't obtain how arrived this geological feature, even the scientists. For visitors most interesting see it, look and fill the strong of nature forces created this crater million years ago. ...  more »

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Canyonlands National Park offers camping in two first-come, first-served campgrounds and various primitive sites throughout the park. Most park visitors opt to stay in the nearby town of Moab, which offers plenty of places to rest in the form of national chain motels, rustic inns with a Southwestern vibe, and lodges. A few bed and breakfasts sit north and south of town on the way to the park, and a couple of ranches and lodges lie a bit farther from town, offering more luxurious digs in the majestic setting of southern Utah's high desert.
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