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Canyonlands National Park Tours and Activities

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Canyonlands National Park
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.
Address: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab

Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab

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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.
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Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt - Morning or Sunset

Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt - Morning or Sunset

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Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park rival the Grand Canyon National Park in vistas and some say they find these views even more breath taking! Don't miss these parks on your visit to Moab on this perfect scenic tour of the parks!
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  • 4 hours
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Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour

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Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour

Explore the sweeping canyons, deep valleys, and gigantic mesas of Canyonlands National Park with this self-guided driving tour. Discover Mesa Arch and its iconic sunrise, admire a stunning landscape from the White Rim Trail and learn about the cowboys who once tried to tame this wild and wonderful land. This self-guided tour allows you to explore Canyonlands with maximum flexibility and value. Here's how it works: Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter the password, and download the tour inside. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience. Recommended: Purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time! This is not an entrance ticket. Check opening hours and pandemic rules before your visit. Changing travel date? No worries! Your tour is available anytime from the moment you book.
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  • 5 hours
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Discover Moab in A Day: Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Pt

Discover Moab in A Day: Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Pt

Experience Arches National Park by taking spectacular photos, walking up underneath arches, and seeing some of the hidden gems on a four hour morning tour of the park. Then, head over to Dead Horse Point State Park for a quick visit to the famous overlook and Canyonlands National Park to finish off the all-day experience with world class canyon vistas! These three parks are the main reasons why visitors come to Moab and you can see it all with us in one spectacular day! Our perfectly curated tours allow you to see these spectacular natural wonders in the company of a knowledgeable guide. Our tours are for the inquisitive traveler who is inspired by scenic vistas, but wants to understand the surprising features of the Colorado plateau geology, the delicate botany of the desert and inspiring local archaeology.
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  • 4 hours
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Ultimate Utah Combo Self-Driving Audio Tour

Ultimate Utah Combo Self-Driving Audio Tour

Explore all of Utah's majestic beauty! From the towering canyons of Zion to the precarious arches of Arches -- see everything the national parks have to offer, and more. Meander through Bryce's mysterious hoodoos, marvel at the vastness of the Grand Staircase, and oogle the huge formations of Monument Valley. This combo tour contains the driving tours for Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, Bryce, Grand Staircase - Escalante, and Zion all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a password and an app. Download the app, enter the password, & download the tour. When you arrive, go to the first stop to start the tour. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience. This is not an entrance ticket. Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit. Changing travel date? No worries! Your tour is available anytime from the moment you book.
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