• Location: Moab, Utah
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 4-hour Canyonlands National Park tour by 4WD from Moab
  • Visit the sheer sandstone mesa of Island in the Sky, which stands more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall
  • Stop at scenic lookouts with panoramic views of canyon country
  • Travel the rugged terrain of the Shafer Trail by 4WD
  • See examples of rock art from ancient indigenous Pueblo cultures
  • Choose from a morning, afternoon or sunset tour

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What You Can Expect

Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab

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Your tour begins in the middle of Moab where you’ll meet you professional guide, who will help you get comfortably situated inside of the off-road, 4WD vehicle. Enjoy the 30-mile (48km) drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park, where you’ll explore the popular Island in the Sky District with its spectacular desert scenery.

Start off atop a mesa with views looking out over the horizon before your guide deftly maneuvers the switchbacks of Shafer Trail. On this section of the 100-mile (161-km) White Rim Road Loop, you’ll make stops at spectacular Gooseneck Overlook and famous Musselman Arch, and photograph vistas of the Colorado River and the view from Thelma and Louise Point.

In addition to the popular lookouts, your expert guide will take you to spots that aren’t as frequently visited, where you’ll find everything from ancient Pueblo rock art to vertical views down the canyons. You’ll learn the history of the Pueblo people who inhabited the Four Corners area, and aside from the culture and history lessons, your guide will also explain the geology of the red rock canyons before you.

When you stop for a break to take photos, venture out on one of the short trails that leave from many of the viewpoints; you’ll get a different perspective and angle for photographing the canyons.

When this Canyonlands tour from Moab is over, your guide will return you to the middle of Moab to the spot where the tour began.

Customer Reviews

Joseph W G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour, the only way to see Canyonlands. Our tour director, Doug, was very knowledgeable and a good driver.

Mary E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a very thrilling ride -- just enough thrill. One of our riders was extremely afraid of heights but ventured on the tour any way. While riding the White pass in Canyonlands National park, our tour guide paid close attention to her throughout that part of the journey because of the closeness to the cliffs. She was exhilarated after reaching the top! Our tour guide was informative about the different landscapes we saw and was pleasantly interactive with us.

kenneth n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We traveled with 1 other couple and our guide/driver Buzz. Very comfortable way to off road explore a national park. The tour was advertised as a 4 hour tour, but Buzz kept us out exploring for nearly 5.5 hours. He is a self taught geologist and was absolutely fascinating. His knowledge and willingness to share was completely engaging. The region is amazing, made even more so by somebody as well versed in the geology and history. I highly recommend this tour--particularly if you can get Buzz as your guide.

Earl G. D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We planned a trip to Moab and Canyonlands some months ago and decided to try an 'off-road' photo tour. We were not sure how we would like it, but thought it might be the best way to get some unusual and great pics. As it turned out this tour exceeded our fondest expectations. Our guide, Mike, was so knowledgeable and helpful, we not only got some great photos, but learned some much about the traditions, geography and geology. Mike was a very careful and skilled driver and never once did we feel unsafe -- even when we ascended the 'white rim' trail up to Island-in-the Sky! Being somewhat height challenged, I admit some views were somewhat scary for me, but I never regretted going because the view at the top in the Island-in-the-sky was simply breath-taking! We did this at sunset which made it all the more awe inspiring. I will never forget this tour and if and when my wife and I return, we will definitely take another tour. I would like to thank Viator and their complete staff our thanks for a great and unforgettable tour in the backcountry of Canyonlands.

james M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Beautiful country and this tour gives you a backstage look at the amazing sights hidden from the main road. I also loved the local history that our guide, Mike, provided. A great experience!

Kathy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour! Wonderful tour guide,who was very knowledgable. We drove to areas the ordinary visitor will never see. Drove on narrow cliff overlooking beautiful canyous. Indescribably wonderful!

Susan L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

A great trip, a different way to see Canyonlands. We had an excellent guide who was very familiar with Moab and its history. I would recommend this trip.

William A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

It was a truly amazing adventure. Our guide for the morning was Ben. We went on the Arches tour the day before so we knew what to expect with our vehicle and quality of tour. We went to Island in the Sky part of Canyonlands. The scenery is mind boggling -- the rock formations, particularly those that include the Colorado River are incredible. We had a perfect day with the clouds cooperating for perfect photos. We enjoyed learning about the geology that transformed a sea bottom to the cliffs, plateaus and mesas was very educational. The fact that early cowboys drove cattle up the roads that we traversed was difficult to comprehend. I would highly recommend the tour and Ben. I will add that the one lane dirt road up to the top is a bit exciting. And, looking down from Thelma and Louise point is exhilarating.

vaishali.pavashe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Nice trip, wished weather was with us. Our guide was very knowledgeable, a hiker and climber himself which is a definite plus for a tour like this. We were able to collect some nice fossils just outside of the park, and explore beautiful landscapes.

Susan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

We enjoyed our tour with Lolly, the driver and guide, to Canyonlands and can't say enough about the fantastic time we had! We drove the back roads and saw Indian petroglyphs, some wildlife and amazing views. Lolly was very knowledgable about the park and shared more about life in Moab as well. Lolly wanted us to see a special spot for sunset and it was truly spectacular. Highly recommend this tour and ask for Lolly!

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