Canyonlands National Park Tours

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Set in the high desert of the American Southwest, Canyonlands National Park comprises 337,598 acres (136,621 hectares) of rugged landscape divided into four distinct districts by the Green and Colorado rivers. Deep craters, towering rock spires, white cliffs, and majestic buttes dominate the landscape of Utah’s largest national park.

The Basics
There are many ways to explore the park, though a majority of visitors do so by driving a 34-mile (55-kilometer) scenic loop through the popular Island in the Sky district. The Needles district attracts hikers, while the Maze rewards those who make the effort to get there with remote slot canyons and stunning rock formations. The Green and Colorado rivers set the scene for relaxing rafting trips.

If you are pressed for time, you can see the park’s highlights in a day—or even as little as half a day—on a tour from Moab. A more leisurely schedule enables you to see the park as part of a multi-day tour from Las Vegas or Salt Lake City through a star-studded lineup of Arizona and Utah parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Capitol Reef, Arches, and the Grand Canyon. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Canyonlands National Park is a must-visit for adventure travelers and families.
  • Don’t forget to bring water and sun protection; the desert heat can be intense.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Dress in layers; the temperature can fluctuate wildly in a single day.
  • Wheelchair users can access the Island in the Sky and Needles visitor centers and several overlooks.

How to Get There
Canyonlands National Park’s Islands in the Sky district is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of Moab, about 40 minutes via UT 313. The easiest way to get there is to drive or join a guided tour from Moab.

When to Get There
The best times to visit Canyonlands National Park are spring (April and May) and fall (September and October), when daytime highs are typically 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 26°C). Expect temperatures over 100°F (37°C) during the summer months.

Horseshoe Canyon
Situated in its own area of the park, Horseshoe Canyon was added to Canyonlands National Park in 1971. It’s best known for the Great Gallery, a panel of life-sized carvings considered among the most important collections of rock art in North America. The rewarding hike to the Great Gallery covers 7 miles (11 kilometers) roundtrip and takes at least five hours to complete.
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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

The US National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass is a convenient way for visitors to access more than 2,000 sites of incomparable wonder, from Mount St. Helens and the Grand Canyon to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Red Rocks National Conservation Area. The 2019 america the beautiful - the national parks and federal recreational lands annual pass kit includes a National Parks annual pass, brochure and hang tag. A physical America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Pass will be issued through the mail - Please add your mailing address to Special Requirements upon checkout.
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Air Tour of Arches National Park

Fly over Arches National Park on a 30-minute aerial tour by fixed-wing aircraft — an ideal introduction, especially when you’re short on time. Soak up all the splendor this park has to offer, including hiking trails, arches and other geological formations, all pointed out with live commentary from your professional pilot. Seats are limited on board for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Canyonlands National Park White Rim Trail by 4WD

Go off-roading by 4-wheel drive (4WD) deep into Canyonlands National Park via the White Rim Road, a scenic route of switchbacks and red rock formations. This full-day tour with an expert guide includes popular spots such as Island in the Sky, Gooseneck overlook, Musselman Arch, Lathrop Canyon and the Shafer Trail leading to the Colorado River. Take short optional guided hikes that lead to hidden passages, secret canyons and the caves of Canyonlands. Buffet lunch and round-trip transport from Moab included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Canyonlands National Park Needles District by 4x4

Hit the dusty trail on a 4x4 tour of Canyonlands National Park. Expert guides will take you to see the highlights of Utah’s Chesler Park such as Elephant Hill, Devil’s Lane, and Devil’s Kitchen. There’s also the option to take a 3-mile (4.8-km) hike on the spectacularly scenic Joint Trail. This full-day adventure is the perfect way to experience Utah’s backcountry away from the crowds.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab

On this half-day 4WD adventure from Moab, explore the rugged, red stone interior of Canyonlands National Park, where you’ll experience the beauty of the Island in the Sky district and the stunning Gooseneck Overlook. Your professional guide will navigate your vehicle down the switchbacks of White Rim Road, where you will not only see the remains of ancient Pueblo civilizations, but also admire the canyon walls that drop 1,000 feet (300m) down. It’s an easy drive from Moab to Canyonlands, and the views of the meandering Colorado River help cap off this Utah adventure.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Moab Combo: Colorado River Rafting and Canyonlands National Park

This outdoor adventure combo from Moab takes you off-roading through Canyonlands National Park, followed by a guided rafting trip on the Colorado River. Your guide introduces you to the scenic natural wonders of Canyonlands' Island in the Sky by 4-wheel drive (4WD), including sections of the Shafer Trail and White Rim Road. Enjoy a buffet lunch before an afternoon rafting the white-water rapids of the mighty river. Admire deep canyons, ancient rock art, fossils and natural stone arches on this day trip, great for all ages.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Robber's Roost Canyoneering Adventure

The red rock formations of southern Utah are a climber's paradise. Once experienced, they come back again and again. Explore the nooks and crannies of this spectacular landscape and catch that climbing bug that will have you jonesing for more as you learn techniques and work as a team to discover your body's full potential. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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