Rim Overlook

Round Trip Distance: 2.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 5838 - 5972 feet
Cellphone: 2-4 bars
Time: 1 hr. 30 mins.
Trailhead: Dead Horse Point Visitor Center
Fee: $15/vehicle
Attractions: Scenic overlook

The Rim Overlook trail is located in the Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah. To get to the trail you need to hike down the West Rim trail from either the campground, Dead Horse Point or the Visitor Center. There is only parking at the campground for those that are lucky enough to reserve a site so the next closest point of access is the Visitor Center which is about a quarter mile away. The campground fills up months in advance so plan ahead if you want to stay there. The next closest campground is the BLM Horse Thief campground a few miles away on Highway 313. The campground in the Island in the Sky District of the Canyonlands National Park usually fills up pretty quickly during the summer months also.

Walk around to the south side of the Visitor Center and you will find where the East/West Rim trails begin. Follow the West Rim trail to the right towards the campground.

The trail climbs slightly as it heads away from the Visitor Center.

Within a quarter mile the trail crosses the highway.

Continue on the West Rim trail past the campground and after a short distance you will pass the beginning of the Bighorn Viewpoint trail.

The trail is enjoyable to hike with sections of red dirt alternating with rocky ledges and slickrock.

The next trail junction is the beginning of the Rim Overlook trail.

There is one ledge that requires a little scrambling to get down but with well placed rocks to step on it is much easier than it looks at first glance.

Continue through the cool looking boulders to the overlook.

From the overlook you can see the Bighorn rock formation to the right.

As far as spectacular views go this picture should sum it up.

This is a another look at the scrambling point from the lower side. It is really nothing to worry about and I only make mention of it for the weak knees in the group.

The Rim Overlook is a good trail to do from the campground. Most likely it will be hiked in conjunction with the West Rim trail that runs from the Visitor Center to Dead Horse Point. If you do it that way just add a half mile to the length of the West Rim trail. Of course, there are more than one overlook trails along the West Rim so if you do them all you have to keep adding on even more distance. Anyway, if you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.