Park Recreation Site on Utah Scenic Byway 279, 4.2 miles
west of the Utah 279/U.S. 191 junction.
of Hike: 2.0 miles to Portal Overlook; allow 3 hours
of Hike: constructed trail and slickrock
Attractions: Panoramic viewpoint of the Moab Valley,
La Sal Mountains, Colorado River, and the south portal.
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.
During late afternoons
in the summer, this trail is largely in the shade of
higher cliffs. Bingo on a hot day!