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Canyonlands National Park Needles District by 4x4

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Full-day tour to Chesler Park in Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District, from Moab
  • Access beautiful backcountry by 4WD with an experienced guide
  • Go off-road on some of the most challenging tracks in southeastern Utah
  • Learn from your guide about the geology, wildlife and history of Chesler Park
  • Take an optional hike on the Joint Trail that leads through a beautiful red rock landscape
  • Includes lunch, water, lemonade and transport by 4WD
  • NAVTEC Expeditions is an authorized concessionaire of Canyonlands and Arches National Park

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by 4x4 vehicle
  • Ice Water
  • Buffet-style lunch
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (depending on location)
  • Gratuity to Guide :)
  • Park entrance fees ($15/person) unless you have an annual National Parks Pass

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Navtec Expeditions
    321 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA

    Depart the NAVTEC Expeditions headquarters at 321 North Main Street for a full day adventure to Chesler Park in the heart of the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. We travel in heavy duty yet comfortable 4X4 vehicles.

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Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

This tour of Canyonlands National Park begins in the middle of Moab, where you’ll meet your guides and hop in the comfortable 4x4 off-road vehicle. The drive to the Chesler Park area is approximately two hours, as it’s located out in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

The reward for the lengthy drive, however, is sweeping vistas of desert landscapes you’d expect to see in brochures, where multicolored rock formations emerge from the sun-scorched earth. You’ll explore the ancient rock formations and weave through the cactus, looking for wildlife like mule deer, lizards, or herds of bighorn sheep.

At Elephant Hill, watch as your guide skillfully maneuvers what's known as one of Utah’s most challenging 4x4 trails. You’ll pass Devil’s Kitchen and Devil’s Lane before emerging at SOB Hill.

Towards the middle of the day, you’ll enjoy a tasty, buffet-style lunch at a panoramic viewpoint, and then be given the option of hiking along the dusty Joint Trail. The 3-mile (4.8km) loop leads towards the Chesler Park meadows, which are often considered as one of the park’s most spectacularly scenic spots.

The trail itself weaves through towering boulders and an intriguing network of canyons, and even though the path is well groomed and the trail is well defined, it’s still a hike that’s sufficiently challenging for even the most experienced of hikers. If you’d prefer to skip the Joint Trail hike, you’re allowed more time to photograph the views surrounding your scenic lunch spot, before continuing on in the 4x4 vehicle to remote sections of the park.

At the end of the day, having scoured the furthest and most isolated corners of Canyonlands National Park, your guide drops you off in the middle of Moab from where the tour began.

NAVTEC Expeditions - Day Tours (Pass By)

Make your own way to the conveniently located meeting point in Moab, then hop into the sturdy and comfortable 4WD vehicle for the scenic 2-hour drive to Chesler Park, located in the heart of the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

Needles District Visitor Center (Pass By)

The Needles District offers awe-inspiring landscapes and scenic vistas at every turn. Admire towering multicolored rock formations, ancient rock art, desert landscapes dotted with cactus and the vibrant blue southwestern sky. Keep an eye out for a variety of critters including birds, lizards, mule deer and big horn sheep, and enjoy the scent of pinyon, juniper and sage brush in the desert air.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Things to Bring: reusable bottle (your guide will have lots of extra water available), sun protection/camera/suitable attire and footwear for the weather
  • NAVTEC Expeditions is an authorized concessionaire of Canyonlands and Arches National Park
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If you have an Annual National Parks Pass, please bring this for your park entrance fee, otherwise you will need to purchase a day pass for $15
  • Every 4x4 tour needs a minimum of 3 individuals to run. If your trip does not meet the minimum the day prior, you will be offered other tour options or get a full refund (Another option is to pay for the 3rd fare)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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A Great Time Was Had By All
Glenn_T, Oct 2022
Elephant Hill was a great start to the day's 4 wheeling. Going backwards uphill and downhill was exhilarating. But the hilight was the Joint hike and the Chesler Park view. And Ben optimized the whole experience.
Elephant Hill; will never be forgotten.
Mike_B, Oct 2022
Our guide Bob and Buzz.. Two vehicles and 2 guides.. Worked very professionally and gave us the trip of a lifetime!! Gamechanger for the wife and I.. We we're all one big family!! 4 couples experiencing the same view, ride over rough terrain, story telling of history. Stopped for lunch.. Restrooms we're always available to us.. Bob our driver/guide!! Was AWESOME!!! Thank You Bob and Buzz.. Mike and Ruth Oregon..
Holy Moly….what a drive
Aurora_G, Sep 2022
What an amazing tour. Charlotte was incredible, skilled and so knowledgeable. Maneuvering through undrivable “roads” like a pro but never compromising safety. Had a plan B for us when rain diverted our original hike. We had a blast and plant to return to do that other hike. Beautiful backroads. Highly recommend this tour for an adrenaline e rush….but not if you’re afraid of heights
Great way to spend the day exploring Canyon Land NP
James_H, Jul 2022
We had a great time Ben. The trip was amazing and we learned a lot about the geological history of the region.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Ben was a great guide—he...
Jenny_K, Jun 2022
Ben was a great guide—he was knowledgeable and friendly. We loved the drive and the hike - good lunch too.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Canyonlands tour
Benjamin_S, Jun 2022
Our guide Justin was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable about the geography, history, how to navigate the backroads, and safety-oriented. He made sure we ate well for lunch, and the lunch he prepared was so yummy! It was not too heavy - just the right amount.
Awesome experience
Heidi_R, Jun 2022
I was impressed with the mobility of the 4x4 vehicles we were in. Nothing I’ve ever experienced before. The lunch was very good and the hike was wonderful. We liked our guide, Matt, very much.
I'd do it again!
Robert_M, May 2022
Fantastic trip! Worth every penny. Our guide Justin was informative, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Good cook too!
Great day!
Michelle_G, May 2022
This was such a great experience. Buzz was an awesome guide. Can’t say enough great things about the whole day. Thank you!
Magnificent Day in the Needles
Kathy_S, May 2022
We loved our tour with Ben and Buzz! They were expert drivers and it was thrilling and exhilarating especially on Elephant Hill. Totally enjoyed Hiking The Joint and the entire day was incredibly memorable. Loved it!
Living life to the fullest
Sharon_M, Mar 2022
We went on the Needles District 4 x 4 day tour of Canyonlands. Josh was our guide. Josh was a fabulous guide and driver. Another couple from Florida was also on our tour, We had a great time exploring the sights and joking around. We were also treated to a wonderful lunch and a spectacular hike to the joint. I would highly recommend this tour and Josh as your guide. Sharon from Az
Worth a visit
Eric_R, Oct 2021
Buzz did a fantastic job driving thru Needles District and sharing his love of the region. Beautiful area!
Fun day in Canyonlands!
Julie_B, Aug 2021
We had a great trip with Ben. He was very knowledgeable and fun to spend the day with. Five in the 4x4 was a little tight but made it work. We enjoyed seeing a part of the park we couldn’t have seen on our own and also really enjoyed the hike. Highly recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience!
Glenn_R, May 2021
Our guide Buzz was great. Excellent driving, great stories of the area. Lunch was refreshing. Overall exhilarating experience. Well worth it!
Exceeded Expectations
MaryAnn_J, May 2021
We did the 4x4/hiking tour with a tour guide named Buzz. Buzz was friendly, extremely knowledgeable and a lot of fun. The combination of the 4x4 ride, lunch then a hike was a good combination for us. We saw several ancient pictographs (because Buzz knew where they were). Temperature was in the 70’s. The experience exceeded our expectations.
Phenomenal 4x4 Adventure in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
Diane_V, May 2021
If you love adventure, this is the experience for you! Going up and down the steep grades of rock in the 4x4 was so amazing and fun (something I would not do myself, lol). The scenery was breathtaking! Lunch was provided and was very good. The hike took you to amazing spots where the views were breathtaking and so surreal. This was the highlight of my trip!!! I also want to give a huge shout out to our guide, Tyler. He was unbelievable. He was so knowledgeable about EVERYTHING. He also was so personable and incredibly funny. I highly recommend requesting Tyler if you want a fabulous time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect tour of Needles
Guy_G, Apr 2021
This tour was the best! Money well spent. Buzz our guide was excellent!! We all learned so much from Buzz!
Exciting tour.
Al_, Apr 2021
The tour was exceptional. The off-reading was exciting for adults and children. Our guide and driver was experienced and very capable. We enjoyed the drive and felt safe in Charolette’s care. After a tasty lunch the hike to Chesler Park was not too long and had a slot canyon, rock scramble and ended with a magnificent view. I would highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Navtec is the only way to go in Moab
Scott_C, Apr 2021
From ease of booking to the wonderful people skills of our guide Buzz, to his superb prowess on risiculously difficult 4wd terrain, to his knowledge and love of the Canyonlands area, I have never had a better vacation experience.
Highly Recommended!
Stephanie_J, Sep 2020
What a great day!! And a great way to see the spectacular Needles District of Canyonlands. Our guide, Buzz, was very knowledgeable about the area’s history and geology and his insight made it all so much more vivid. The 4-wheeling was exciting (and somewhat terrifying), the picnic refreshing and tasty, and the hike was fun and unique. The scenery throughout was amazing!!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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