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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour

1. From Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour

Discover the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park on this exciting half-day tour by 4x4 vehicle. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards the national park, meandering alongside the river. Stop outside the park boundary to explore ancient Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans. Continue to the jeep trail that leads up to the Island in the Sky district. Along the way, you'll stop at vistas such as Fossil Point and Musselman Arch. See the remarkable Gooseneck Overlook and travel along a section of the White Rim trail. Wind up the switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail, and enjoy one last look out over the park before driving back to Moab.

From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

2. From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

Take a 4x4 driving tour through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This thrilling adventure includes stops for short hikes and scenic views. Keep your energy up along the way with a refreshing picnic lunch. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards Canyonlands National Park high atop the Island in the Sky mesa. Descend via the steep switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail and enjoy a brief stop to explore Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans.   Continue through Canyonlands along a portion of the White Rim Trail over to Musselman Arch for incredible views of the Colorado River below. Enjoy a few stops with short hikes. Stop at Devils Garden for a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, enter Arches National Park near Doc Williams Point. Climb a steep rock wall and drive across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes.   Pass the famous Tower Arch, the Eye of the Whale Arch, and the Marching Men — a group of 7 towers lined up in one row. Stop for some short walks to enjoy the fresh air and admire the views of the red rocks. Once you have explored both parks you'll be driven back to Moab, with a brief stop to explore dinosaur tracks along the way.

Arches and Canyonlands National Park: Self-Driving Tours

3. Arches and Canyonlands National Park: Self-Driving Tours

Discover Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with self-guided driving tours on your phone. Admire stunning vistas, rock formations, and scenic hiking trails on a tour developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Arches National Park Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin with an adventure into Arches National Park, starting at the visitor center. As you set out, pass the towering formation of the Three Penguins and the geological Moab Fault, offering a fantastic hiking trail. See the iconic Three Gossips and the towering series of formations that form the Courthouse Towers and Sheep Rock. Witness the strangely beautiful petrified dunes while learning about the native Paiute and their legends. Reach the famous Balanced Rock formation, followed quickly by the two most popular stops: the Windows Arches and Double Arch. You’ll make your way to Delicate Arch, the unrivaled highlight of this park. You can also check out the historic Wolfe Ranch and some ancient tribal petroglyphs. Your journey continues through the unique Salt Valley and to stunning formations like the Fiery Furnace, Sand Dune Arch, Arches Forest, Skyline Arch, and Tapestry Arch. Finally, make your way to the farthest point in the park: the Devil’s Garden. Here, you’ll get to visit the famous Landscape Arch. Canyonlands National Park Next, explore Canyonlands National Park, starting at the Moab Giants museum near the park’s east entrance. Head west into the deep red of the desert, where you’ll find the striking formations of Merrimack and Monitor. Then you’ll arrive at your first major viewpoint: Big Mesa Viewpoint. As you head toward the famous backcountry trail of White Rim Road, learn all about the invisible life which thrives in this seemingly desolate desert. Then, on your way to Basin Overlook, offering great views of the Colorado River, you’ll get the scoop on the uranium king of Canyonland. Next up is Dead Horse State Park, home to a legend spooky enough to suit its name. You’ll then enter the national park itself, where the Island in the Sky Visitor Center will be waiting in case you need a break. Visit Upheaval Dome, the formation of which has stumped geologists for decades. Catch the sunset at one of the nearby overlooks. Finally, you’ll arrive at the immensely popular Grand View Point, where your tour concludes.

Moab: 3-Hour Jet Boat Tour to Dead Horse Point State Park

4. Moab: 3-Hour Jet Boat Tour to Dead Horse Point State Park

Start your 3-hour boat tour just 2 miles north of Moab, on the banks of Colorado River. After a safety orientation, you’ll begin your scenic tour. Relax and enjoy the ride. Your covered boat has plenty of shaded seats so you won’t get caught in the sun. Glide down the Colorado River, passing remote side canyons. You may be able to spot some wildlife and birds. Marvel at the 2,200 feet of canyon walls above you, a fossilized sea bed, wonderful views of arches, Indian petroglyphs, and a unique view of an Indian granary. Along the way, your guide will point out interesting sights and inform you of the areas past and present. Pass through the bottom Dead Horse State Park, the iconic Thelma and Louise Point, and a natural amphitheater. Travel 32 miles downriver until you reach the entrance of Canyonlands National Park, where the captain will turn back.

Moab: Guided Full Moon Hike

5. Moab: Guided Full Moon Hike

On this full moon hike, admire the landscape and unique rock formations, illuminated by the glow of the moon. Gaze up to the sky as your guide points out satellites, planets, and constellations. When the full moon comes around each month, it provides enough light to read a newspaper near midnight. The canyons and arches take on a mysterious white glow as the landscape is illuminated in a different way. This easy to moderate hike provides a great opportunity to admire the stars. As you look up at the night sky, your guide, with the help of a laser pointer, will show you the different satellites, planets, and constellations that can be seen at this time.

Moab: Edge Of Canyonlands National Park Helicopter Flight

6. Moab: Edge Of Canyonlands National Park Helicopter Flight

First, arrive at Canyonlands Field Airport in Moab to check-in for your private helicopter tour. After a safety briefing, you will board your helicopter and depart the airport for your amazing scenic tour. Shortly after departing the airport, arrive at the tall spires of Determination Towers and the expansive Gemini Bridges. On your way to Deadhorse Point State Park, see several arches and Thelma and Louise Point, where the final scene of the movie was filmed. After taking in the expansive views of Deadhorse Point, you will fly to the eastern side of the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park and see the Colorado River winding through the canyons. Fly down Kane Creek Canyon and, if the weather permits, dip below the canyon walls. Next, fly into the Behind the Rocks Wilderness before heading to the amazing Castleton Tower. If you're on the 45-minute tour, you will head back to the airport. On the 60-minute tour only, your pilot will then fly over the world-famous Hell's Revenge Jeep Trail where you will see jeeps galore and the Colorado River canyon. On the way back to the airport, see the massive Corona Arch, Jeep Arch, and Uranium Arch along the way.

Canyonlands and Arches National Park: Scenic Airplane Flight

7. Canyonlands and Arches National Park: Scenic Airplane Flight

Soar from the Canyonlands Field Airport in Moab over the scenic Arches National Park and the Canyonlands. Make the most of your time by visiting both parks on this scenic flight. Fly with the only operator certified to offer scenic flights over these iconic attractions.  Meet your pilot at the airport and feel the thrill of taking off. Discover the vast geologic diversity, which attracts scientists from around the world, from a bird’s eye view. Get more of a thorough overview of eons of geologic history on this flight than you might obtain from years of hiking. Capture the moments with stunning aerial photography.  Expereince these parks comprehensively and comfortably. Gain access to the remote restricted districts of Canyonlands and bypass the lines and crowds in Arches National Park. 

Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands National Park 4x4 Tour

8. Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands National Park 4x4 Tour

Folks visiting the parks on their own typically only see what is alongside the pavement road ─ this 4x4 half-day trip will let you explore both the paved sections and backcountry of Canyonlands National Park. Enjoy complimentary snacks and water during your trip. If you’re looking to get the most out of your national park experience in Moab, this adventure tour is just what you're looking for. Discover hidden gems, hear stories, and leave feeling like you missed nothing. Venture through the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky District) alongside a personal guide while on board a 4x4 backcountry vehicle with heat and air-conditioning for a comfortable ride no matter the season. Learn all about the parks, history, and geology of the Moab area as you explore hidden, off-road spots. Your guide will point out arch formations and other towering landscapes along the way. Some of the sights you’ll see include Potash Mine, Shafer Trail, Musselman Arch, Ancient Indian Petroglyphs (Rock Carvings), Thelma and Louise Point, and breathtaking canyon views. Since this is your own private tour experience, you can choose to stop for photos at any point. 

Moab: Canyonlands National Park Airplane Tour

9. Moab: Canyonlands National Park Airplane Tour

This spectacular flight will carry you above the fantastic scenery of the northern district of the Canyonlands National Park, known as the Island in the Sky. Majestic 1,000-foot high cliffs rise above the Colorado and Green Rivers, which border it on either side. Serpentine drainage systems are carved into the terrain below the cliffs. Upheaval Dome can be seen at its northern end, the confluence of the two rivers form the district’s southernmost point.  Then, continue to Needles District, the most fanciful and colorful portions of Canyonlands. Pink and white bands can be seen in its many spires and cliffs. It is the home of some of the most remote and famous arches of canyon country. Difficult to reach by hiking and extremely beautiful, Angel Arch and Druid Arches are the best-known landmarks in Canyonlands. Elephant Arch, Kirk Arch, Wedding Ring Arch, and Castle Arch, hidden away in the backcountry, are also included in this one-of-a-kind scenic flight tour.  Hiking to these arches would take several multi-day permitted visits and are beyond the physical reach of many of us. On this flight, you will see them all, jewels among the many wondrous features of this national park. Unlike hikers, you will see their magnificent surroundings from a bird’s-eye view, in the vastness of this remarkable portion of this gorgeous earth. A unique and very special opportunity awaits you on this exclusive flight through the remote arches of Canyonlands.

Moab: Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River

10. Moab: Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River

Experience the Colorado River as you float down some of the most incredible scenery the U.S. has to offer. Glide south of the Moab Valley, where the water is calm, as you take in the majestic sights of Meander Canyon, located in the Canyonlands.   You'll ride in a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) on a half-day scenic tour. Enjoy this small group tour for a relaxed atmosphere, as you make your way through the canyon. Enjoy either morning or afternoon options. Glide under Dead Horse Point and see Native American art and ruins along the way. Hop off the boat for a short walk to see an ancient petrified forest. Take in incredible views of Canyonlands, as you float past the Goose Neck of the Colorado, before completing your tour.

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What people are saying about Canyonlands National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 368 reviews

The two-day Arches and Canyonlands Tour with Desert Solitude was by far the highlight of our trip to Utah. Neil is topnotch as a tour guide and so knowledgeable of the National Parks as well as the surrounding area. It was a bonus to have Amber with our tour, she is also a great tour guide and captured some great photos. It was so nice for my husband to not have to keep an eye on the road while seeing the beautiful sights, all so impressive. It was very hot when we were at the Parks which Neil accommodated as much as possible in planning our itinerary. With a private tour we were able to do and see at our pace and get to places the larger tours would not be able to. The backstories he told of the area and knowing the best viewing spots and hikes made the trip so much more interesting than if we had toured the parks on our own. We highly recommend this tour.

We had a blast! 4x4 ride we had Bronson as our guide. He was very knowledgeable and had lots of fun facts about movies that were shot in the area. The trip did not disappoint! In my opinion, the BEST way to see Canyonlands. The next portion of the trip was on the water. We had Carter as our guide. We took a bus ride out to the river. There we enjoyed a nice lunch, which consisted of a wrap, chips, cookies and a drink. Delightful by the way! We got on the river and went through a couple rapids. We were then able to get out into the water for a swim. We did that twice. We laughed and had so much fun. Carter is a hoot I would definitely recommend this trip. There were 4 of us and we all walked away talking about what a great experience we had ALL day!

Tyler is very friendly, informative, and such an humble person, and also loving and respecting the nature. If you're in or going to Moab, try to book a tour with Tyler in advance. Tour starts @7:30p on the dot. Don't be late. He'll take his clients in his car. Tour is about 1.5 to 2hrs.

Great way to see both parks and learn some details, so one can focus further experiences while in Moab.

Tyler is a wealth of knowledge. The hike to Corona was incredible…definitely do it!