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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
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
$154.56 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing part of Utah
Beautiful views great photo ops. Great guides . Once in a life time experience . Lots of places to stop and explore
CHARNA_S, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Moab

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Perfect way for my family to experience Canyonlands
Kari_W, Mar 2022
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
Our guide Pauline was not only a geologist but also wonderful with our kids. They’ve missed out on a lot of education due to COVID, this was the perfect way to get more in. She was a fantastic guide for us and we are so grateful for this experience! Thank-you!
star-5
Amazing part of Utah
CHARNA_S, May 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Beautiful views great photo ops. Great guides . Once in a life time experience . Lots of places to stop and explore
star-5
Our tour guide Mark was...
Kathleen_V, May 2022
Canyonlands National Park Backcountry 4x4 Adventure from Moab
Our tour guide Mark was amazing And very knowledgeable. Would recommend this trip very highly best way to see canyonlands never would’ve seen what we saw just going into the park ourselves. Thank you Mac for a wonderful day and will be visit when we come back. Kathleen Viveiros
star-4
.5-day land tour of a part of Canyonlands NP near Moab
Bruce_R, May 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
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.
star-5
awesome great buy!
Ashley_B, May 2022
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
This was my first trip to a national park. I had no idea what to expect. This tour made it easy to see what to do, how to do it, and the path to get there. The map and app worked perfectly with my iPhone. Make sure to download it before entering the park.
star-5
Best way to see Canyonlands!
Nikki_G, May 2022
Canyonlands National Park Backcountry 4x4 Adventure from Moab
This is the best way to explore Canyonlands. The park is massive and we could not imagine driving on those roads ourselves. Our guide knew all the best spots, allocated our time wisely, took fun pictures of us, and provided helpful information. We were able to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery which was even better than the Grand Canyon!
star-4
Stunning views we wouldn't have known about
angelique_t, May 2022
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
Bill was great and very detailed with sharing information about the area. Made sure we hit all the beautiful views.
star-5
Amazing Ric Otero
Yewkiat_T, May 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
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
Great app!
Teri_S, Apr 2022
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
We were skeptical that the driving tour would add much to our visit but boy were we wrong! The app worked flawlessly and told historical stories and described the scenery and how it was formed. It worked flawlessly! Pressed start and it just worked as we drove. Well worth the cost! Will definitely use at other parks.
star-5
Excellent tour....
Stephen_H, May 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Excellent tour. Knowledgeable and personable guide. Definitely a better choice than self-guided. Accessed areas not accessible to private cars.
star-5
Breathtaking! The tour was worth it!
Colette_C, Apr 2022
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
We asked if we could go to the Arches instead as we were only here in Moab for one day! The tour company happy agreed and we had a great experience! Bill was so fun and had a lot of information and stories to share with us!
star-5
Great time!
billcorr, Apr 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
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.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Canyonlands National Park?
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What else should I know about attractions in Moab?
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As well as visiting the Canyonlands National Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: