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Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

On this half-day 4WD adventure from Moab, explore the rugged, red stone interior of Canyonlands National Park, where you’ll experience the beauty of the Island in the Sky district and the stunning Gooseneck Overlook. Your professional guide will navigate your vehicle down the switchbacks of White Rim Road, where you will not only see the remains of ancient Pueblo civilizations, but also admire the canyon walls that drop 1,000 feet (300m) down. It’s an easy drive from Moab to Canyonlands, and the views of the meandering Colorado River help cap off this Utah adventure.
  • Canyonlands National Park tour by 4WD from Moab
  • Visit the sheer sandstone mesa of Island in the Sky, which stands more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall
  • Stop at scenic lookouts with panoramic views of canyon country
  • Travel the rugged terrain of the Shafer Trail by 4WD
  • See examples of rock art from ancient indigenous Pueblo cultures
  • Choose from a morning, afternoon or sunset tour
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Professional guide
Transport by 4x4 vehicle
Ice water and lemonade
Gratuities
Food and drinks
National Park entrance fees
car or booster seat for children
321 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour begins in the middle of Moab where you’ll meet you professional guide, who will help you get comfortably situated inside of the off-road, 4WD vehicle. Enjoy the 30-mile (48km) drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park, where you’ll explore the popular Island in the Sky District with its spectacular desert scenery.

Start off atop a mesa with views looking out over the horizon before your guide deftly maneuvers the switchbacks of Shafer Trail. On this section of the 100-mile (161-km) White Rim Road Loop, you’ll make stops at spectacular Gooseneck Overlook and famous Musselman Arch, and photograph vistas of the Colorado River and the view from Thelma and Louise Point.

In addition to the popular lookouts, your expert guide will take you to spots that aren’t as frequently visited, where you’ll find everything from ancient Pueblo rock art to vertical views down the canyons. You’ll learn the history of the Pueblo people who inhabited the Four Corners area, and aside from the culture and history lessons, your guide will also explain the geology of the red rock canyons before you.

When you stop for a break to take photos, venture out on one of the short trails that leave from many of the viewpoints; you’ll get a different perspective and angle for photographing the canyons.

When this Canyonlands tour from Moab is over, your guide will return you to the middle of Moab to the spot where the tour began.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Potash Road
Our first stop is along Scenic Byway 279 at a petroglyph rock art site. Guides provide insight to the people who passed this way and left markings on the canyon walls.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites
The Rock Art Sites of Moab offer travelers easy access to ancient drawings scattered along paths even a novice can navigate.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Island in the Sky
We enter Canyonlands National Park on the 4WD trial and take a short trip along the White Rim. This prominent sandstone formation wraps for 100 miles around the Island in the Sky.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Musselman Arch
Our excursion along the White Rim follows the trail along a bench to Musselman Arch. Guests take a short 300' stroll to see this amazing natural stone arch.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Shafer Trail
We backtrack along the White Rim Trail to the iconic switchbacks of the Shafer Trail. This old cattle trail climbs 1000' to the rim of Island in the Sky with magnificent views of the backcountry of Canyonlands. The 4X4 trail ends at scenic byway 313.
Pass By:  
Canyonlands National Park
This 4 hour guided interpretive tour starts along the banks of the Colorado River and travels into Canyonlands on 4WD roads up to the mesa of Island in the Sky.
Pass By:  
Corona Arch
Corona Arch is a natural sandstone arch near Moab. The arch is located within the same rock formation as Pinto Arch and Bowtie Arch.
Stop At:  
Dead Horse Point State Park
The 4X4 trail passes 1000' under the rim of Dead Horse and 1000' above the Goose-neck of the Colorado River. We make stops at a limestone fossil bed, a giant red rock amphitheater, and the famous Thelma Louise point.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Things to bring: camera, water bottle (free refills available) and sun protection
  • NAVTEC Expeditions is an authorized concessioner
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY NAVTEC Expeditions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you're vertically challenged be sure to request a step stool to get into your ride vehicle." See review
  • "The entire trip was quite an adventure and was well worth the money." See review

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Wonderful Experience!
Tanya_D
, May 2021
This tour was great! I made a mistake and purchased the canyon tour instead of the arches tour, but my son and I both enjoyed it. It gives us a reason to go back and book the arches tour later. :) We really enjoyed ourselves. I gave it a 4 because the vehicle we had wasn't very comfy with a total of 4 people plus the driver. My son and I had to share with 2 others, that actually turned out to be really nice. :) I just would have preferred not to be so packed in the back seat. Next time, I will schedule a tour for 4, so that it will only include us. :) Other than that, it was a great experience that I think everyone should take advantage of!
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Very informative
twcrowell
, May 2021
Spectacular vistas. Ben, our guide, taught us a lot of new things regarding geology. Felt very safe in vehicle. Learning about the cow paths was great.
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Best Views of Canyonlands
BrookeMarshall
, Apr 2021
The views on this half day trip were incredible. Our driver Larry C. was a wonderful and experienced driver. He had a vast knowledge of the area and made the entire experience great.
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Highly recommend!!
Michael_S
, Apr 2021
Our guide (young) Larry was excellent - very knowledgeable and caring. Everything was handled perfectly except we did not realize we would be picked up at our hotel. The trip was beyond words - exciting and very special. Scenery was out of this world. The only drawbacks were how bumpy the ride was but that was part of the fun.
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Fantastic White Rim Tour
Jane_H
, Apr 2021
This was a fabulous 1/2 day tour through some rough, scenic route! The views were amazing. The tour took us to some high viewpoints where we could really get a sense of the lay of the land. The guide, Chris, provided a lot of flora information, rock formation information and general fun facts about movies that have been filmed in the area. We enjoyed it immensely.
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Great Canyonlands tour
Joseph_S
, Apr 2021
Rick was our guide and he was excellent. He took us on a tour of Canyonlands and we used a back entrance to skip the long line. He was very patient with our young daughters and had snacks for them and had good stories to keep them entertained. We had great views of the park!
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An experience I wouldn’t want to miss
Bonnie_D
, Apr 2021
I would have missed so much of the quiet solitude and great landscape if I didn’t go on this trip. Aldon took us on back roads that I could have never taken without the tour. The Easter weekend was super busy elsewhere and we got away from the crowds!!! So worthwhile.
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Awesome
Bob_H
, Mar 2021
Only way to see Canyon Land. Josh our driver was so knowledgeable and friendly! It was an amazing trip.
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Epic adventure
Brent_C
, Feb 2021
It all hinges upon your guide. Blaine knocked it out of the park. Great driver, great knowledge of the area and super easy to talk with. We went on an overcast, rainy day. An absolutely epic day.
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Back country exciting your.
Stephen_W
, Oct 2020
Exciting back roads your into parts of Canyonlands you would never see otherwise. See unusual arch, canyon vistas, and hold on to your seat roads. Mike was a knowledgeable and fun guide. Very worth it.
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