Portal Overlook Trail

Portal Overlook Trail

Portal Overlook Trail

Length of Hike: 2.0 miles to Portal Overlook; allow 3 hours round trip.

Type of Hike: constructed trail and slickrock

Area Attractions: Panoramic viewpoint of the Moab Valley, La Sal Mountains, Colorado River, and the south portal.

Hiking Trails Along Highway 279

Trailhead Location: JayCee Park Recreation Site on Hwy 279, 4.2 miles west of the Hwy 279/191 junction.

Route Description: From JayCee Park, follow the hiking trail up the Colorado towards the river "portal." Please register at the visitor box. From the visitor box, the trail begins its climb to the viewpoint. After several switchbacks, the trail follows a cairned route up "ramps" of Kayenta sandstone to the overlook. Be cautious around the overlook as there are no safety fences. This trail is frequently used by mountain bike riders.

Note: During late afternoons in the summer, this trail is largely in the shade of higher cliffs.