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The Wedge Overlook

The Wedge Overlook is called “Utah’s Little Grand Canyon”

Sunsetting over the Wedge Overlook


There are multiple overlooks 1000 feet above the San Rafael River and canyons below you, each one gives you a different vista.


Getting to the Wedge Overlook

  • From I-70 you can reach the Wedge Overlook coming from the east from Green River (exit 131) or from the west from exit 91. From either exit it’s about 1.5 hours to reach the overlook.



  • The road is gravel and is easily passable by cars
  • Buckhorn Wash is nearby and easy to combine with your visit


Photo Notes
Early morning light and late afternoon light are best, arrive a couple of hours before sunset to avoid canyon walls below the rim in shadow


Overlook 1 ( 39.092979, -110.758803 )
This is the first overlook you will come to, the road coming in takes you right to this spot

The wedge overlook green river utah
The wedge overlook green river utah


Overlook 2 ( 39.091091, -110.785186 )
From overlook 1 head west (facing the canyon, west is to your right) along the canyon rim road. This is a slow rocky road of 2.2 miles one way, not suggested for cars

Sunsetting over the Wedge Overlook


Overlook 3 ( 39.096005, -110.749306 ) The main overlook
From overlook 1, continue east (facing the canyon, east is to your left) along the road on the canyon rim, this will take you to the main overlook


From the main viewpoint, the "wedge" that sticks up from the bottom of the picture is what gives the wedge overlook its name
From the main viewpoint, the “wedge” that sticks up from the bottom of the picture is what gives the location its name


Overlook 4 ( 39.103970, -110.740943 )

From the main overlook, continue following the canyon rim road, there are signs for “Good Water”, this will take you to the fourth overlook, you will need to park and walk 5-10 minutes out to the canyon rim.


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