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 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.
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.
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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