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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

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568 Reviews
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
$130.62 per adult
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Laughs, smiles, breathtaking views
Mike made this tour unbelievable not only was I laughing at his funny jokes, he had me smiling the whole way! I learned so much from his knowledge and this will be a trip I remember for ever!!!
Mary_S, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Moab

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Would definitely do it again when we return.
Brenda_R, Jul 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
The guide Rick was wonderful. His knowledge of the area was great and his communication regarding the are made the tour. The canyons were beautiful. Definitely a trip to take in Moab. The park was not crowded and we were able to see so much.
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Awesome trip !
Frances_R, Jul 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Great experience. John was a Very considerate informative guide. You’d think he was a paleontologist or geologist. He was so knowledgeable.
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Wonderful Tour Experience
EricandMaureen, Jul 2021
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
We had a number of memorable moments on the tour. First, Paulina overall was fantastic. She was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant, and took some nice photos of our family along the way. The sites to which we took us were also great - the Canyonlands view was amazing, and the sunset was gorgeous. Paulina also gave us great insight for our time in Arches the next day.
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Amazing tour
vivianegreig, Jun 2021
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
Book this tour!!! We toured Canyonlands and Arches with Viator (Moab in a Day), our guide Paulina is amazing! She is a geologist and has lived in the area for a long time, she has so much knowledge and love for this region, we learned so much with her. We enjoyed touring the parks with her, she also takes great pictures! Thanks for an unforgettable experience!
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Rick was awesome!
Melanie_H, Jun 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
We traveled through Canyonlands National Park on a half day tour with another couple. We all thoroughly enjoyed Rick’s company. He was really personable and fun. He also gave us some great tips for the rest of our trip.
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Excellent
Bernadettte_B, Jun 2021
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
The audio tour added so much information to our trip to Canyonlands! I think we got much more from our trip because of the audio guide.
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Easy to use
Stephanie_L, May 2021
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
Easy to download before the trip and use along our drive. Would use this app again for another driving tour.
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Terrific tour worth every dollar
Luanne_H, Jul 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
We went on the 4:30 tour and were not disappointed! Saw some amazing sights and great photo opps. Rich was out tour guide and was very knowledgeable; he went out of his way to give us the very best tour possible.
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A great, informative tour!
Elizabeth_B, Jun 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Our guide, John, was awesome! He was so knowledgeable about the park, told great stories about the history of the area, and was a wonderful guide. We were so thankful to have an air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle to visit the area on a hot day also! We would definitely recommend this tour to see this National Park!
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Spectacular
Carl_F, Jun 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Continuous natural beauty and an excellent tour guide presented an exciting, informative and wonderful experience.
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Very informative
Chuck_Y, May 2021
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
I liked the way the app followed your progress, and would start the narration as you approached your destination. The only downside was the beginning. It should be renamed the dinosaur park, instead of the Moab Giants. They are the smallest things in the area.
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Canyonlands half day tour
Ian_T, Jun 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
We did the afternoon tour and Mike was our guide. He was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable and entertaining. He covered everything from the history of petroglyphs, geology, desert ecology to movie history and local history. The views were amazing and you get to see parts of Canyonlands you might not otherwise get to. And Mike makes great lemonade! 👍

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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