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Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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.
  • 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
  • NAVTEC Expeditions is an authorized concessionaire of Canyonlands and Arches National Park
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Professional guide
Transport by 4x4 vehicle
Ice water and lemonade
Gratuities
Food and drinks
National Park entrance fees
car or booster seat for children
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
321 N Main St , 321 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA

On the North end of town across from the tire shop. NAVTEC Expeditions

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This activity will end right where it started.Additional pick up locations my be available. Please confirm Pick up time 24 hours in advance when confirming reservation.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Potash Road
Our first stop is along Scenic Byway 279 at a petroglyph rock art site. Guides provide insight to the people who passed this way and left markings on the canyon walls.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites
The Rock Art Sites of Moab offer travelers easy access to ancient drawings scattered along paths even a novice can navigate.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Island in the Sky
We enter Canyonlands National Park on the 4WD trial and take a short trip along the White Rim. This prominent sandstone formation wraps for 100 miles around the Island in the Sky.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Musselman Arch
Our excursion along the White Rim follows the trail along a bench to Musselman Arch. Guests take a short 300' stroll to see this amazing natural stone arch.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Shafer Trail
We backtrack along the White Rim Trail to the iconic switchbacks of the Shafer Trail. This old cattle trail climbs 1000' to the rim of Island in the Sky with magnificent views of the backcountry of Canyonlands. The 4X4 trail ends at scenic byway 313.
Pass By:  
Canyonlands National Park
This 4 hour guided interpretive tour starts along the banks of the Colorado River and travels into Canyonlands on 4WD roads up to the mesa of Island in the Sky.
Pass By:  
Corona Arch
Corona Arch is a natural sandstone arch near Moab. The arch is located within the same rock formation as Pinto Arch and Bowtie Arch.
Stop At:  
Dead Horse Point State Park
The 4X4 trail passes 1000' under the rim of Dead Horse and 1000' above the Goose-neck of the Colorado River. We make stops at a limestone fossil bed, a giant red rock amphitheater, and the famous Thelma Louise point.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Things to bring: camera, water bottle (free refills available) and sun protection
  • NAVTEC Expeditions is an authorized concessionaire of Canyonlands and Arches National Park
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY NAVTEC Expeditions
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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star-5
Wonderful Experience
John_S
, May 2022
We're had a great time with an informative and funny guide (Danno,) on our Canyonlands National Park tour.
star-5
Wonderful views with great guide
Carole_M
, May 2022
Justin was very knowledgeable and is a great asset to your company. Took great care of us. The views were incredible. So glad we had this experience.
star-5
Excellent tour by experienced guide
Joe_C
, May 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our jeep tour of Canyonlands. John was a superb guide, very knowledgeable and filled with stories (fun too). This was well worth the cost. Highly recommend!
star-5
Amazing part of Utah
CHARNA_S
, May 2022
Beautiful views great photo ops. Great guides . Once in a life time experience . Lots of places to stop and explore
star-5
Excellent and highly informative!
Thomas_D
, May 2022
Our guide Justin was fantastic. Very informative and incredibly insightful. I was really surprised by the depth of his knowledge. This is the second time we've done this tour and the information this time was all brand new and very educational. He was super nice and accommodating.
star-4
.5-day land tour of a part of Canyonlands NP near Moab
Bruce_R
, May 2022
An experienced & friendly guide led 2 couples on a ground tour thru a portion of the park (pretty much consistent with the on-site description of the tour). Canyonlands is a massive/impressive NP. This .5-day land tour gave us a good feel for a portion of the park as available from Moab.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing Ric Otero
Yewkiat_T
, May 2022
Navteq Expedition tour guide Rico Otero is an amazing and charming man. He has done above and beyond to make sure I enjoy my tour around the Canyonlands. This was the best jeep tour I ever had. I want to thank Ric for making my tour experience a memorable one and I appreciate his dedication to provide me a safe and enjoyable trip. I would highly recommend Ric Otero to be your best tour guide you ever had.
star-5
Excellent tour....
Stephen_H
, May 2022
Excellent tour. Knowledgeable and personable guide. Definitely a better choice than self-guided. Accessed areas not accessible to private cars.
star-5
Great time!
billcorr
, Apr 2022
Great tour. Staff is easier to work with and the drivers work hard to satisfy. The tour and scenery are unbelievable. Great explanations and stories by the drivers (maybe a little stretched!). Exciting, but safely done. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
star-5
Canyonlands Tour
Joyce_C
, Apr 2022
Ric gave us a ride through the back of Canyonlands where we saw views that we would not have seen if we did our own tour through the front gate. He was awesome!

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