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Crater Spur Trail

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Venture into the center of Upheaval Crater - assume that a meteor won't strike the same place twice!


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1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Point to Point

4,596' 1,401 m

High

4,246' 1,294 m

Low

350' 107 m

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0' 0 m

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4%

Avg Grade (2°)

6%

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The out-and-back Crater Spur Trail leaves from the western side of the Syncline Loop Trail and travels eastwards into the actual crater of the Upheaval Dome. Follow cairns through a dry wash, leaving it only occasionally to get around large outcrops or drop offs. The trail ends at a signpost. From here you can go off trail to poke around in earth that was once 1000 feet underground. You can also get up close to the jumbled pile of rock that was pushed up in the center of the crater (called a rebound peak).

Geologists are not sure, but most think the Upheaval Dome was caused by a meteorite 500-1000 feet across hitting the earth, causing a crater and then erosion slowly reshaping the land. Another theory is that a thick layer of salt deposited by ancient seas was pushed up through layers of rock creating a salt bubble that eroded away over time. The presence of shocked quartz has led most to believe the meteorite explanation.

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The canyon that leads up into the center of the crater
Dec 31, 2019 near Moab, UT
Canyonlands National Park Upheaval Dome
May 19, 2015 near Moab, UT
Upheaval Dome
May 19, 2015 near Moab, UT

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Oct 18, 2019
Daane H
Geological Candyland!
Jul 7, 2019
Stephanie Cairney
Apr 8, 2019
Tim G
Mar 27, 2019
Ruby Dorchester
Jun 16, 2016
Bill Hopp
The actual trail into the crater is a bit longer and is easy to miss at the end. Still a cool hike. 2.1mi — 1h 00m
Jun 14, 2016
Eric ericadamsiv@gmail.com
The hike is not bad at all. My fiance and I found this hike to be rather easy although there are steep parts. Getting to overlook one was a breeze....