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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.
  • Full-day 4WD tour of White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park, from Moab
  • Take in views of the Colorado River from the White Rim Road
  • Hike to hidden caverns and other amazing locations
  • Includes buffet lunch and transport by 4WD with an expert guide
  • 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
Buffet-style lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Park entrance fees ($10 USD per person and $25 per family)
Navtec Expeditions , 321 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA

Your full-day Island White Rim tour departs at 8:00 AM. Meet us at the NAVTEC Expedition office 15 minutes prior to departure. We are located at 321 N. Main St. Moab, Utah. We have plenty of parking for your convenience.

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide in central Moab and hop inside your 4WD vehicle for the 30-mile (48-km) drive to Canyonlands National Park. You’ll follow a portion of the 25-mile (40-km) White Rim Road loop, which provides jaw-dropping desert views of this red rock wilderness including the cliffs of Dead Horse Point rising toward azure skies.

Entering Canyonlands, you’ll stop to view the White Rim formation, an expansive rock terrace located 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the mighty Colorado and Green rivers and situated about the same distance below the Island in the Sky mesa. Search the rocky ledges for big horn sheep among piñon and juniper forest. 

Your guide offers the option to take several short but moderately challenging hikes just beneath the White Rim Sandstone level. You can scramble to caverns and more vista points overlooking the Colorado River or take in the landscape while you relax near the vehicle.

The 4WD tour of Canyonlands includes a stop for a delicious buffet-style picnic lunch accompanied by cold water and lemonade. Visit the not-to-be-missed sights of Gooseneck overlook, Lathrop Canyon, Musselman Arch and the Shafer Trail before your memorable day trip ends back in Moab.
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Canyonlands National Park
After making your own way to the meeting point in central Moab, your guide takes you by 4WD vehicle about 30 miles (48 km) to reach the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park.
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Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites
In an area filled with challenging mountain passes, technical terrain and plenty of level 2, 3 and 4 hikes, the Rock Art Sites of Moab offer travelers easy access to ancient drawings scattered along paths even a novice can navigate.
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Dead Horse Point State Park
Your guide takes the White Rim Road, which gives you awe-inspiring views of the Colorado River below on one side and the cliffs of Dead Horse Point rising on the other side, framed by the blue desert sky.
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White Rim Road
This rugged portion of the 25-mile (40-km) White Rim Road loop offers incredible views around every bend. Explore more of this amazing landscape on several short optional hikes just beneath the White Rim Sandstone level. Follow your guide on moderately challenging hikes to caves, caverns and breathtaking viewpoints over the mighty Colorado River. Or simply relax near the vehicle and soak up the views.
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Lathrop Canyon
You also visit park treasures such as Gooseneck overlook, Lathrop Canyon, Musselman Arch and the famous Shafer Trail, which follows a series of switchbacks down to the Colorado River corridor.
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Your full-day tour includes a stop for a delicious buffet-style picnic lunch accompanied by cold water and lemonade. At the end of an unforgettable day, your guide returns you to Moab to end your tour.
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Green River
Below the Island in the Sky mesa sits the White Rim formation, an expansive rock terrace located about 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the Colorado and Green Rivers and the same impressive distance below the mesa. In this rock wilderness, big horn sheep traverse rocky ledges sprinkled with piñon and juniper forest
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Canyonlands National Park White Rim Trail by 4WD?
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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  • "Taking the 4x4 tour of the White Rim was a perfect way to get to see this park." See review
  • "It is well worth the money and we highly recommend." See review


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A very long day
, Jun 2022
This trip itinerary is great and the scenery is fantastic. We moved along the White Rim and descended to river level for a picnic. On the return leg, we went up the Shafer trail to the Canyonland visitor center. Since we finished significantly earlier than expected, our guide added another drive down Canyon Road on the return to Moab to compensate. It was our second Navtec tour out of Moab this week. Our first trip guide was great and we rated him highly. However, our White Rim driver/guide was a huge disappointment. He was a competent driver and somewhat knowledgeable but elected to remain largely silent and not not narrate the tour. He apparently wanted to do several hikes which were not appropriate for the age 70 couples with limitations onboard. It was like a day long ride with a sullen teenager. He seldom stopped for photo ops stating we needed to keep rolling but the White Rim tour actually ended 90 minutes early at the visitor center in Canyonlands. Most of our photos came from a moving vehicle. He would answer questions several times with sarcasm. It was clear how dependent these tours are on the guide/driver qualities and this one was a huge disappointment for the nearly six hundred dollars + gratuity we spent. This driver needs a major attitude readjustment to shape up or find another line of work. He was a poor representative for NavTec and actually walked away from the group at several stops rather than interacting. We did have a nice time with the friendly couple who was with us on this trip which salvaged the day. If we had had an opportunity to leave the vehicle and go with a more appropriate guide for the trip, we would have done so in a heartbeat. Navtec: hope you address these problems. Your other drivers frequently receive high marks but this one sadly missed the mark.
Guides Make All the Difference in a Tour
, May 2022
We enjoyed this full-day tour (White Rim Canyonlands) despite our guides less than enthusiastic attitude. Our guide asked both couples why we chose this trip and what we wanted out of it. He told us very few choose this trip and implied that we didn't do our research. He suggested that there were better tours than the one we chose to take. Our nine hour tour actually was seven and a half hours in length. We arrived at our lunch site at 10:45, 45 minutes ahead of the second group of tourists in a second 4x4 v3 vehicle. During the morning portion of this tour, our guide drove over an hour without speaking a single word. He was quite knowledgeable when asked questions. At lunch, the guide set out our food, but didn't offer us cups for drinks. We noticed the other guide offered the ladies in his group a step stool for getting in and out of the vehicle. Not the case on our tour. Guides can make or break a tour. I tipped our guide much more than he deserved. Perhaps he had other issues on his mind. He was a good driver and got us back safely. It just felt to us as though he couldn't wait to get back to town on a Saturday night. Specifically, this individual needs to point out stuff and provide information as he is driving. He needs to attend to the needs of his passengers by offering to stop for pictures at scenic moments.
A Very Long Day
, May 2022
This tour was beautiful and very interesting however it should be cut short by about 2 hours. The hikes and views were amazing!!! However the 2 hour drive, (one hour out and one hour back) to have lunch at the Colorado River was not worth it. Plus the entire day you are rocking up and down in a vehicle that has to go over huge big rocks that constantly rocks your body all day long. So this tour should be no more than 6 or 7 hours. Plus I thought we would stop at Dead Horse point but we never made it there. So we drove back to Dead horse point on our own to take photos.
Awseome Experience
, Apr 2022
We were two couples in our 70's and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Blaine was an awesome guide. I can't imagine seeing Canyonlands any other way. The vastness of the area is incredible. If you look down on the canyons from above the roads look smooth enough to drive the family car on. Not so! We have many, many pictures and memories from this trip. We have been to the Grand Canyon but much prefer this trip due to less crowds and tours like this one.
Shafer Road, White Rim, and Lathrop Canyon phenomenal experience
, Apr 2022
From start to finish, this day trip with NAVTEC was truly memorable and outstanding in every way!! The Shafer Road and White Rim Road experiences were breathtaking in both beauty and adventure! Lathrop Canyon washout was phenomenal!! Our guides (Justin and Mick) were professional and friendly, providing some excellent interpretive information and highlights at every turn. Above all, they out our safety as their top priority, which on this road was paramount. Lunch was exceptional for an off-road trip. Having two experienced guides with wonderful personalities and tremendous knowledge of the area, history, and culture was outstanding!! Great trip with great memories!!!
A Trip of Discover
, Apr 2022
The tour guide was a genus. He knew his stuff and kept us laughing. Thank you Dave!!! I wish husband could have come so we will be back.
So much better than renting a jeep & missing out
, Mar 2022
Justin was our guide and he made this adventure super memorable. He explained so much and showed us tons of interesting things. The conversations flowed and we literally felt like we were sightseeing with a friend. He never made us feel rushed or on a time crunch. We were out there for 8 full hours and his skills were very impressive. The picnic lunch by the river was really nice and made ya feel special. I highly recommend this. You will see so many sights that you wouldn’t be able to see even if you rented one of the 4x4 jeeps in town.
Great tour. Our guide,...
, Oct 2021
Great tour. Our guide, David is very knowledgeable and nice guy . Would definitely go again with Navtec!
White Rim Tail Tour
, Oct 2021
Our guide Mike was very knowledgeable about the area. He shared stories and information about each part of our tour. He was patient with us as we stopped repeatedly to take pictures. The rim trail was outstandingly beautiful! We appreciated every minute of the tour and would definitely book with them again.
we did the 9 hour tour. I...
, Oct 2021
we did the 9 hour tour. I was amazing, we had Chance out tour guide who had a ton of info on the land , geographical periods, environment. He made the trip worth going on. Just a note 9 hours was a bit much of a tour, but worth doing at least once in your life
Riding in the canyon with...
, Oct 2021
Riding in the canyon with experienced driver Mike was awesome. His knowledge and personable demeanor made it more interesting and fun
Jeep tour of canyonlands
, Jul 2021
Our guide, Dave was fantastic. He was so knowledgeable about the history of the park, the different layers of rock and also the many movies that had been filmed at the park. A great day.
Awesome way to experience Canyonlands
, Jun 2021
great experience, incredible way to see and experience Canyonlands. You are immersed in the canyon not just observing. It is well worth the money and we highly recommend. Our guide Blaine was knowledgable and did an outstanding job making our day very memorable.
, Jun 2021
What an amazing tour, we were able to see so much! Blaine was funny, super informative and extremely knowledgeable about all the areas we visited!!! Would definitely recommend!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
What aride
, Apr 2021
Itwas exactly what we were looking for. We wanted to experience being in Canyonlands without actually doing the driving. Guide Chris was great and lunchdelicious.
2 travelers found this review helpful
White Rim Adventure
, Apr 2021
This was an amazing experience! Blaine was a terrific guide, extremely knowledgeable- He was able to answer everyone of our many questions about the area flora and fauna. Highly recommend this White Rim tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
I'm dreading writing this...
, Apr 2021
I'm dreading writing this review but honestly it was a pretty bad experience. Canyonlands was beautiful! Unfortunately, our guide was TERRIBLE. We learned very little about the history of Canyonlands (although, he spent a significant amount of time explaining Potash). He also was obsessed with motorcyles, cars, etc. He spent 9 straight hours talking about every single motorcylce and car he ever owned. Sprinkled in the motorcyle talk was a bunch of talk about the old company he worked for and how terrible it was. It was a miserable experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Canyonlands National Park is amazing
, Oct 2020
WOW! This was amazing. We had no prior knowledge about Canyonlands National Park. It was an after thought to visit this park. It is amazing, beautiful and vast. I am so happy my husband and I visited this park. Taking the 4x4 tour of the White Rim was a perfect way to get to see this park. We were able to see Musselman Arch, and drive through areas most people do not get to see. This was a full day tour with lunch included. I recommend this tour to all.
Best kept secret
, Sep 2020
This excursion was amazing! Thanks to our awesome guide, Blaine, we were taken to some of the best kept secret photo opportunities.... absolutely beautiful! He made the trip a lot of fun!! Highly recommend
Great trip
, Oct 2019
Our guide Phil was great and we had enjoyed a great time and a relatively easy ride, comparing with the second one we took to the Needles the following day.

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