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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Moab

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Great time enjoyed by all.
Richard_G, Oct 2021
Guide was great driver a little quiet but very polite and helpful. One gentle suggestion would be to use deodorant.
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Do this tour as soon as you arrive in Moab!
Carol_F, Oct 2021
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
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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Trip of a Lifetime!
Caroline_D, Oct 2021
Having our great guide, Rich, show us the ghost shrimp and something else in a mud puddle that will evaporate and resume life next time the puddle comes back.
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Too Beautiful for Words
Nancy_W, Oct 2021
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.
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Wonderful Experience!
jericho_a, Sep 2021
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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So glad Ben failed at retirement!
Marie_W, Oct 2021
This was a fabulous excursion, and Ben made it truly exceptional. The scenery and drive can't be beat, but he gave us so much info about the Moab area/history, the biology and geology of the area, and all sorts of topics in between, that it truly was an exceptional afternoon and well-worth the money.
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Great commentary
Annie, Aug 2021
I loved the history and EXCELLENT commentary...the entire way it was MOST ENJOYABLE . I would purchase others of these for sure
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Canyonlands Tour with Larry
Lori_B, Oct 2021
Had an awesome time! Larry our Guide was terrific! Showed us the Ride of Our Lives in Canyonlands! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
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Our tour guide was awesome
Mark_K, Sep 2021
We were able to see the sunset and the rise of the moon at the same time. What a remarkable experience
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Very informative
John_C, Sep 2021
Interesting and informative guide in a comfortable vehicle. Went to the appropriate sites and provided great information about history, geology, and ecosystem of the canyon.
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Stunning sights!
Robert_C, Oct 2021
Seeing the cliff where Thelma and Louise crashed their car. Our driver/guide was very informative. Would definitely recommend this activity.

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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