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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Utah

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.

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Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
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Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
$122.53 per adult
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Amazing vistas
Charlotte our guide was absolutely fantastic, so knowledgeable about the area rock formation. In fact everything. Visited Canyonlands & Arches. Went off the tourist track and saw the real Utah. Thanx so much Charlotte. See you again. X
Debbie_B, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Moab

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This company has long history with area. Give it a 10/10
Christine_D, Nov 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Our driver Chance was excellent. Learned so much about this area of country. He is a wealth of knowledge. The off roading was spectacular. Is an absolute must do but not for people who have a extreme fear of heights. We always felt safe and comfortable on this excursion. Chance is a very experienced driver. Would do this tour again!
star-5
Great trip
Claude_L, Nov 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Giving it all 5 stars. Driver showed up on time. He was very knowledgeable & pleasant. Would do it again.
star-5
Do this tour as soon as you arrive in Moab!
Carol_F, Oct 2021
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
Our tour guide, Bill, was fantastic! He is a wealth of information and we were so impressed with his knowledge about Moab, the geology, history and the environment. He made the tour exceptional! We learned so much which helped us navigate the rest of our vacation in Moab. We would highly recommend this tour… with Bill!
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Canyonlands jeep tour.
Sheryl_F, Oct 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
What a wonderful way to see Canyonlands National Park! We saw petroglyphs, unusual rock formations, a natural bridge and so much more! We rode up roads with many switchbacks on cliff edges and always felt very safe! Our tour guide, Blaine, was very entertaining and quite knowledgeable about the history of this area. We had loads of fun and learned so much! We highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the back roads of Canyonlands. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
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Too Beautiful for Words
Nancy_W, Oct 2021
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
The beauty is hard to describe. It is just a must see experience! Paulina was a very knowledgeable and gracious guide. She was fun to be with while seeing this magnificent place.
star-5
Amazing tour!!
John_D, Nov 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Ben was an amazing tour guide. He grew up in Moab so he knew the history of the area and also had in depth knowledge about rock formation, what to see and lots of stories about the area. He was funny too. We felt like we learned and saw so much more than if we had been on our own
star-5
Wonderful Experience!
jericho_a, Sep 2021
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
The App was on point. I love the narration of the histories and scientific facts provided. It was very helpful and made us feel that we have our own private guide during the whole tour.
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4x4 trip to Dead Horse Point with Chance
Stephen_W, Nov 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
We had the most incredible trip and having Chance as our guide made it the trip of a lifetime. He is without doubt the most intelligent and knowledgeable guide we could have found.
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Great commentary
anne_g, Aug 2021
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
I loved the history and EXCELLENT commentary...the entire way it was MOST ENJOYABLE . I would purchase others of these for sure
star-5
Great trip to Canyonlands
Norma_L, Oct 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Excellent trip through roads I would not be able to access on my own. John, our driver was very knowledgeable about the area - a great guide and skillful driver. Highly recommend.
star-5
Our tour guide was awesome
Mark_K, Sep 2021
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
We were able to see the sunset and the rise of the moon at the same time. What a remarkable experience
star-4
Great time enjoyed by all.
Richard_G, Oct 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Guide was great driver a little quiet but very polite and helpful. One gentle suggestion would be to use deodorant.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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