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If You Have Only 1 Day

If your schedule permits only a day, skip the Needles and Maze districts and drive to the Island in the Sky Visitor Center. After looking at the exhibits, drive to several of the overlooks, stopping for a short hike or two. Make sure you get to the Grand View Point Overlook, at the south end of the paved road. Among the best trails for a quick trip is the Grand View Trail, which starts at the overlook and is especially scenic in late afternoon. Allow about 1 1/2 hours for this easy 2-mile walk. Also recommended is the Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail, which should take about a half-hour; it brings you to a mile-wide crater of mysterious origins.

Perhaps a better choice for a quick visit to the park, especially for those with a bit of extra cash, is to take a guided trip by four-wheel-drive vehicle or raft.  For more information, see "Organized Tours".

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.