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Whale Rock, Canyonlands National Park

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Whale Rock is located in Canyonlands National Park. A visit to Whale Rock represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Canyonlands National Park trip builder to plot your vacation.
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Where to stay in Canyonlands National Park

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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  • Whale Rock is a large sandstone dome in the Island in the Sky District near the end of the road to Upheaval Dome that looks a bit like the profile of a whale from the road. On the north side of the ro...  more »
  • This place isn't far from Upheval Dome and its a nice short hike that rewards you with some great views from the top. When you take a moment to look at the rock you really can see why they call it Wha...  more »
  • Whale Rock is a large dome formation on the road to Upheaval Dome. It is a 1 mile return walk up the slick rock backbone of the dome. The total elevation change is about 100 feet, so it is not a parti...  more »