White Rim Trail

  • Canyonlands - panorama White Rim Road  - © wiki Anusia 1984
  • Down on the White Rim Road - © greg willis wiki
  • East across Monument Basinwhite rim from Island in Sky - © William Mackesy
  • East across Monument Basin white rim from Island in Sky - © William Mackesy
  • Monument basin - © William Mackesy
  • White rim from Island in Sky - © William Mackesy
  • Junction Butte - © William Mackesy
  • South from Green River Overlook to Murphy Point, sunset - © William Mackesy

Key information: White Rim Trail

    • A fine trail around the plateau edge below the vast Island in the Sky feature in northern Canyonlands.
    • Breathtaking views across this harsh, deeply eroded landscape of broken red sandstone.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85
  • Beauty35
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating85
  • Note: Organisers: - Expeditions West - www.expeditionswest.com

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Long, your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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Down on the White Rim Road - © greg willis wiki

WALK SUMMARY

The White Rim Trail/Road is a 100-mile 4WD track which runs around the entire White Rim, a plateau below the vast Island in the Sky formation at the heart of northern Canyonlands National Park. Below the White Rim (so-called because of the layer of hard pale rock at its top), the inner Colorado and Green River canyons fall in fantastical cliffs and formations.

While it is most popular with off-roaders, it is often beautiful and always interesting walking, as well. That said, the law of diminishing returns applies, so you can arguably spend valuable walking time better.

Breathtaking views across this harsh, deeply eroded landscape of broken red sandstone.

Not many people walk the entire trail. There are quite a few trails from the Island in the Sky down to meet the White Rim Trail, so it is very feasible to walk down to join the White Rim Trail and then to return up another trail to make a satisfying multi-day circuit. Issues of how to get back to your car!

Can be tough walking in hot dry desert. Come fully prepared, bringing enough water.

See our Canyonlands National Park page for more general and practical information and photos.

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Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

East across Monument Basin white rim from Island in Sky - © William Mackesy

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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South from Green River Overlook to Murphy Point, sunset - © William Mackesy...
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