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The Murphy Point Hike In The Islands In The Sky Area, Canyonlands NP

The Murphy Point Hike in the Islands in the Sky Area, Canyonlands NP

We were looking for an easy hike with great scenery in the Islands-in-the-Sky area of Canyonlands National Park and hit upon the 1.8 mile one way hike to the Murphy Point Overlook. I have a tendency to choose longer, harder hikes but sometimes that’s not the right choice. This was one of those times.

We’d already checked out the short 1.0 mile loop hike around the famous Mesa Arch so this was a good place to have lunch and be back in time for some R&R before dinner. I had to remind myself that I was on a holiday and I didn’t have to go at my usual frantic pace.

The Murphy Point Trailhead is about an hour’s drive from Moab. Signage is excellent in the park so with a map, available at the Visitor’s Centre, you’d have no problem finding it. You can visit the Canyonlands National Park website for more information.

The start of the Murphy Point hike in the Islands in the Sky area

The start of the Murphy Point hike in the Islands in the Sky area

The hike is generally flat with only one small hill – so it’s perfect for families as long as you keep your kids away from the edge.

Early in the hike you pass the historic corral pictured below. You can’t help but wonder what stories these rocks could tell.

Historic corral along the Murphy Point Trail in Canyonlands

Historic corral

Deserted trails under big skies - Canyonlands National Park

Deserted trails under big skies

A blast of spring colour in Canyonlands NP

A blast of spring colour

On the descent to the overlook, the landscape opens up and the scenery explodes in front of you. At the edge you are treated to jaw-dropping views of Candlestick Tower, the Green River and the White Rim Road – a popular trail for mountain biking John and I had done years ago.

The closer you get to the rim the more spectacular the scenery - Canyonlands NP

The closer you get to the rim the more spectacular the scenery

Me admiring the Green River canyon scenery

Me admiring the Green River canyon scenery

Looking down at the Green River

Looking down at the Green River

Murphy Point Trail - Canyonlands

My friend Jo getting close but not too close to the edge

Stunning views of the Green River Valley, Canyonlands NP

Stunning views of the Green River Valley

Great view from a tent in Canyonlands NP

What a view from the tent – though don’t know that tenting is actually permitted here

All told you need a couple of hours to do this hike as you’re going to want to spend some time at the edge just soaking in the view.

What’s your favourite Canyonlands National Park hike?

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Leigh McAdam

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 8 Comments
  1. Since you have hiked virtually every trail in Canada, I think you are entitled to a 1.8 mile easy hike. I am sure you hiked it 5 times just for fun. Looks like some beautiful scenery and a gorgeous day.

  2. That is a great shot of you admiring the view. Even though it was a short hike, I’m curious to know if it felt gruelling with the heat? It just looked hot to me. Did you pound back a ton of water?

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