Portal Overlook Trail (Map ID: 13)
Panoramic views of the Moab Valley, the La Sal Mountains, the Colorado River, and the south portal.
2.0 miles to Portal Overlook; allow 3 hours round trip.
At Jaycee Park Campground on SR 279, 4.2 miles west of the SR 279/US Highway 191 junction.
From Jaycee Park Campground, follow the hiking trail up the Colorado River towards the river “portal. “ From the trailside visitor register 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 exposed overlook as there are no safety fences. This trail is frequently used by mountain bikers riding down from the mesa top. Note: During late afternoons in the summer, this trail is largely in the shade of higher cliffs.