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Moonscape Overlook
a photography paradise

Moonscape Overlook near Hanksville Utah, just to the east of Factory Butte, is an amazing location to create intensely otherwordly photography.



Moonscape Overlook from Factory Bench in Utah

Moonscape Overlook sits along Skyline Rim on the Factory Bench Mesa about 30 minutes from Hanksville. Sometimes Moonscape Overlook is mistakenly referred to as Skyline Rim or Skyline Rim Overlook, but Skyline Rim is actually the name for the entire eastern edge of the mesa top and runs for about 6 miles, with almost all of it only being accessible on foot.
But no hiking is required for getting to Moonscape Overlook, you can drive to it on decent dirt roads with a typical car. Once you arrive you’re on the edge of the mesa with a 500-foot sheer drop to the badlands below you.
Looking down to the shear drop from Moonscape Overlook
You can walk the mesa rim in either direction from the overlook, gazing out for a 270-degree view over the lunar-like landscape stretching out below you. 
There are some very interesting unnamed formations to your right that will initially catch your eye, but as you start to study the landscape, you will start to realize that the badlands that continue out to the north and northwest are actually the star attraction.
The setting sun sculpts the landscape from Factory Bench
The shapes and colors created by erosion over millions of years have created a pastel landscape unlike any you have seen before. The sun moving across the sky reveals ever-changing shapes and textures in the landscape of the canyons, low hills, washes, and cliffs.
The badlands of Moonscape Overlook in Utah
Even if you aren’t going to do any photography, this is a beautiful place to watch the sunset or sunrise as the light illuminates the valleys and rock formations below you.
Sunlight creates texture stretching out for miles

Getting to the Moonscape Overlook

From Hanksville take Highway 24 west for 10.7 miles and turn north at ( 38.367083, -110.892296 ) onto North Factory Butte Road, continue for 5.6 miles and turn right onto Coal Mine road for 1.6 miles to continue on Skyline View Road 1 mile to the lookout.
moonscape overlook map

Parking ( 38.452272, -110.838011 )

Dirt parking area


This route also takes you past photogenic Factory Butte

Photo notes

  • The best light is at sunrise and sunset for great side lighting that will give dimension to the landscape and rock formations.
  • Best to arrive a couple of hours before sunset or the badlands below the rim will be in shadow
  • You can walk the cliff edge for about a 270 degree view of the landscape and even a view back toward Factory Butte
Factory Butte
You get a different view of distance Factory Butte from the canyon edge at Moonscape Overlook

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