Welcome to Canyonlands National Park

The Colorado and Green Rivers form a Y dividing the park into four separate districts, inaccessible to one another from within the park. Cradled atop the Y, Island in the Sky (30 miles, 45 minutes from Moab) is the most developed and visited district due to its ease of access. Its viewpoints look down into the incredible canyons of The Needles and The Maze.

The thin hoodoos, sculpted sandstone and epic 4WD trails of the The Needles (85 miles, 2¼ hours from Moab), offer an excellent backcountry experience for those with some prior know-how, but you'll need serious skill, equipment and proper preparations to traverse the 4WD-only roads of the The Maze (130 miles, 3½ hours from Moab), the park's remotest frontier. Northwest of here, out on its own from the park's other districts, Horseshoe Canyon (120 miles, 2½ hours from Moab), is a day-use area which features some spectacular native American rock art paintings.

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$91.89 Outdoor Activities

Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab

Make your own way to central Moab where your guide meets you in a 4WD vehicle. Travel about 30 miles (48 km) to reach the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park, an accessible section of the park that provides great examples of the region's spectacular beauty. Begin high atop the mesa and marvel at the scenery as your guide expertly maneuvers your vehicle down the steep switchbacks of the Shafer Trail to reach the Colorado River corridor below. Along this portion of the 100-mile (161-km) White Rim Road loop, your guide makes frequent stops to take in sights such as Gooseneck Overlook, Thelma and Louise point and Musselman Arch.Along with the more famous lookouts, your guide points out lesser-known features in the national park and the Colorado River below. Visit sites where the beautiful rock art of the ancestral Pueblo people can be seen in the canyons, and learn from your guide about the ancient Pueblos who lived in the present-day Four Corners area. Throughout the day, your guide shares informative commentary about the incredible geology of the region as well as its human history and wildlife. Most of the viewpoints have short trails that offer different perspectives, but overall this half-day trip does not include much hiking. Depending on the timing of the tour you choose, you see the colorful red rock canyons glow in the morning, afternoon or evening light. At the end of your 4-hour tour, your guide returns you to your starting point in central Moab.

$138.05 Outdoor Activities

Moab: Colorado River Rafting , Canyonlands National Park

White Rim Road 4WD Tour (4 hours)Make your own way to central Moab to meet your guide then hop into a comfortable 4WD vehicle for an exhilarating morning drive through the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. Your guide expertly steers the 4WD over rugged terrain and hair-raising switchbacks to reach the White Rim Road, a 100-mile (160-km) loop located about 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the Colorado and Green Rivers and 1,000 feet below the mesa. Travel a portion of the White Rim Road and take in stunning views of Fossil Point and the scenic landscape, then connect to the Shafer Trail, which runs from the Colorado River all the way to the top of the mesa. Stop along the route to see rock art made by ancient Pueblo civilizations thousands of years ago.Fisher Towers White-Water Rafting (4 hours)After you refuel with a riverside buffet lunch, switch from 4WD to white-water rafts to experience the majestic Colorado River up close. Before hitting the water, review river safety guidelines and get outfitted with a lifejacket and other river gear. Then step into a raft with an experienced river guide who steers your raft downriver. Expect thrills and splashes during white-water sections with Class II and III rapids, followed by calm water sections where you can take photos of the incredible scenery and perhaps even swim. The Fisher Towers area features soaring canyon walls, giant rock spires and plenty of wildlife, giving the impression that you are in a remote wilderness even though Moab is nearby. Throughout your full-day tour, your guides share the human and natural history of Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River corridor. After a fantastic day of off-roading and rafting, you are returned to Moab where your tour ends.

$189.18 Outdoor Activities

Canyonlands National Park Needles District 4x4 Full-Day Tour

Make your own way to the conveniently located meeting point in Moab, then hop into the sturdy and comfortable 4WD vehicle for the scenic 2-hour drive to Chesler Park, located in the heart of the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.The Needles District offers awe-inspiring landscapes and scenic vistas at every turn. Admire towering multicolored rock formations, ancient rock art, desert landscapes dotted with cactus and the vibrant blue southwestern sky. Keep an eye out for a variety of critters including birds, lizards, mule deer and big horn sheep, and enjoy the scent of pinyon, juniper and sage brush in the desert air.Your guide expertly maneuvers the 4WD over Elephant Hill, known as one of the most challenging 4WD trails in southeastern Utah. Pass Devil's Kitchen and cruise down Devil's Lane before encountering SOB Hill, another challenge to the driving skills of your guide.At midday, enjoy a delicious buffet-style picnic lunch at a gorgeous viewpoint. Afterward, have the option to hike the Joint Trail to the spacious meadows of Chesler Park, one of Canyonlands' most spectacular spots. Expect to walk a 3-mile loop on a well-groomed trail that passes between enormous boulders and side canyons. The trail has a good walking surface and steep uphill pitch in parts, making for a challenging hike suitable for strong hikers. Or skip the hike and simply relax at the vehicle with time to soak up the beauty around you. Either way, your 4WD tour takes you to some of the more remote parts of the Canyonlands so that you can experience this stunning landscape firsthand. After a full day of exploring by 4WD, your guide returns you to your starting point in Moab to end your tour.

$156.75 Outdoor Activities

Canyonlands National Park White Rim Trail by 4WD

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.
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. 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.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.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. 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.

$199 Outdoor Activities

See The Best Of Moab In A Day In A Jeep

This "all-day" experience consists of two convenient and perfectly arranged tour segments. You will start with a convenient pickup from your hotel and a drive along scenic highway 313 to the top of the Mesa where both Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park are located. First, you and your guide will make a quick visit to see the spectacular view of the Colorado River and its horseshoe bend from Dead Horse Point State Park and you will gaze at the awesomely tall cliffs of Canyonlands National Park in the distance. Then, you will head over to Canyonlands National Park where you will visit the most important viewpoints and take magnificent photos of the canyons below carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers. The engaging geology interp will cover why Canyonlands N.P. is so different from Arches N.P. despite being only 30 miles away and how it's different from Grand Canyon National Park despite being carved by the same Colorado river!  At the end of this 4 hour segment, you tour guide will bring you back to town and your hotel. The same tour guide will then pick you up again in the late afternoon for a magnificent sunset tour of Arches National Park! The departure for this segment varies due to changes in the time of the sunset (departure around 3pm in winter to 6pm in summer), but your tour guide will let you know the pick up time at the end of the morning segment. In Arches National Park you will spend 3 hours sightseeing all of the iconic features and individual arches that make this national park so magnificent. The tour includes stops and short hikes to Double Arch, Turret Arch, South and North Window, and visits to the viewpoints of the Delicate Arch*, Balanced Rock, Park Avenue, and Skyline Arch. You will return to town under the cloak of dusk truly having seen The Best Of Moab! Both tour segments include lots of stops for taking photos, restroom breaks, and are very relaxed with only minimal amount of walking involved necessary to see the arches up close! You will travel on in a four-door, enclosed, modern, clean, air-conditioned quintessential Moab vehicle - a Jeep. This tour is a sightseeing tour and does not include any off-roading.  (*Please note: Delicate Arch on this tour is viewed from the Lower Viewpoint only. If you would like to see it up close, it can be accessed by a moderately strenuous 3 mile hike on your own time. Plan on 2-3 hours for this hike early in the morning, or late in the afternoon due to heat and crowds.)

$2400 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Utah Mighty 5

Day 1: Salt Lake City to Arches National Park (Overnight Moab, UT) Pick up at Salt lake City or Las Vegas NV travel to moab to start the trip haveing dinner that night and preparing for the great adventrue.  Day 2: Arches National Park & Surrounding Areas (Overnight Moab, UT) Wak up eat breakfast and travel to the first of the National parks Day 3: Canyonlands National Park & Capitol Reef NationalPark (Overnight Torrey, UT)  This day we start over again with some great national parks. The travel to Bryce canyon stay ing the night in Bryce Day 4: Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase, NM, & Bryce Canyon National Park (Overnight Bryce City, UT)  Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park & Zion National Park (Overnight Springdale, UT) Day 6: Zion National Park to Salt Lake City (Depart)