Canyonlands National Park
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Our most recommended Canyonlands National Park Activities

  • Moab: 3-Hour Off-Road Rock Carvings Tour

    1. Moab: 3-Hour Off-Road Rock Carvings Tour

    Discover the natural landscapes of Moab, Utah on a 4x4 adventure. Embark on a breathtaking experience with a dash of excitement. After meeting your guide, hop in your 4x4 vehicle and head into the landscape. Enjoy an experience focused on the natural beauty of the area and ancient rock art.  See ancient Native American petroglyph panels—rock art and carvings spanning multiple millennia. Some even go as far back as 3500 BC. Use your personal interpretation skills to decipher the images.  Admire views of gorgeous towering Canyons. Also get a look at a handful of arches, red rock spires and towering canyon walls all along the beautiful Colorado River. Have all your needs catered to with some short stops to snack, take pictures, and talk about Moab’s history.

    David was a great guide and provided not only a safe trip, but shared a wealth of information along the trail!!!

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

    2. 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.

    We had a fabulous time on our trip with our guide Ric Otero. He picked us up on time and took us on a fun and interesting tour of the back country of Canyonlands. We saw so many wonderful sights and his commentary and explanations of the various places were very insightful. Ric couldn’t have been any nicer and made our trip a memorable one that we will remember for a very long time. We were able to see the canyons and Colorado River from a completely different perspective. We loved it and would highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Moab: Canyonlands National Park Airplane Tour

    3. 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 t...

    Smooth flight, interesting narration, and great overview of Canyon Lands. Highly recommend as the best way to fully appreciate the depth and unique beauty of the area!

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

    4. 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.

    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.

    In the afternoon, 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 ...

    Our tour guide, Ben, was the best! He was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited and skilled at driving us through the rocky backroads of Arches National Park and Canyonlands. It was a fun, informative and exciting adventure that wouldn’t have been possible, or safe, to do on our own.

  • Moab: Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour

    5. Moab: Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour

    This self-guided audio and GPS tour allows you to explore Canyonlands’ expansive wonders with maximum flexibility. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location and most stops along the way have images that will help you to visualize what you cannot see such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Begin your exploration of Canyonlands as you drive to the visitors center. When you arrive, go to the Moab Giants at the Canyonlands National Park. You’ll immediately be struck by the enormous mesas rising from the sweeping landscape. As you continue driving, explore Mesa Arch, Green River, and the White Rim Trail. Within an hour of booking, you will receive a password and an app. Download the app, enter the password, and download the tour.

    This is a wonderful program. It narrates a perfect trip through the park. There is a map with your spot on it moving along as if using Google maps. Each stop is numbered. You can listen to all of the narration ahead of time. You can read the narration if you like. Each narration starts automatically as you approach the point of interest. The narrator gives interesting background information, facts, and some science, history, and personal stories. All of that for $10!

  • From Moab: Canyonlands Needle District 4x4 Tour

    6. From Moab: Canyonlands Needle District 4x4 Tour

    Begin your journey with a pickup in downtown Moab, which will take you to the remote areas of the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Before entering the park, take your first stop at Newspaper Rock, one of the largest petroglyph panels in the area, then head down the road and get ready to start your 4x4 experience.   Traverse the technical 4x4 trails and conquer challenging obstacles such as Elephant Hill, SOB Hill, and The Squeeze as you make your way into the Devils Kitchen, all the while taking in the incredible and unique vistas and rock formations of the Needles.   After stopping for a picnic lunch, make your way over to the head of the Joint Trail where you'll spend the afternoon enjoying the moderately strenuous 3-mile hike that meanders through iconic slot canyons and into the heart of Chesler Park. After completing the hike, settle back into your rugged yet comfortab...

    Absolutely awesome and unforgettable experience that most might not be able to do on their own in order to see so much. We were in great hands with Charlotte and Buzz. Very knowledgeable of the area also. The hike was so worth it too. Would highly recommend and do another adventure with NAVTEC.

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

    7. 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.

    Roy the tour guide was fantastic and then tour was magnificent. Beautiful scenery.

  • From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

    8. From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

    Start your full-day tour with pickup from your hotel in Moab. Drive to the stunning Canyonlands National Park, and spend the morning exploring the remote areas of the Island in the Sky district of the park in a 4x4 vehicle. Follow the White Rim Trail, and drive along the narrow switchbacks of the Shafer Trail. See incredible rock and fossil formations, and stop along the way for photos opportunities. After your driving tour, enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Colorado River. Admire majestic views of the river and the surrounding canyons. Finish your tour with an adrenaline-filled rafting trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River. Enjoy some whitewater fun, accompanied by professional river guides. At the end of your rafting experience, relax on the beach as your guides prepare for the short drive back to Moab, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

    5 stars for the Canyonlands 4 x4 drive. Always ask for the guide with the most experience . He was a wealth of knowledge. The rafting trip was not worth the time or money. The lunch was the best part. Too much down time between activities.

  • Moab: Ultimate Utah Combo Self-Driving Audio Tour

    9. Moab: Ultimate Utah Combo Self-Driving Audio Tour

    From the canyons of Zion to the gravity-defying formations in Arches, witness Mother Nature at her most impressive on this self-guided driving tour starting in Moab, Utah. Enjoy animated videos to visualize parts of the tour. Simply hop in your car, get the app set up on your phone, and get started. Visit Arches National Park and discover hidden life within this harsh yet beautiful desert. Marvel at impossible rock formations and towering arches millions of years in the making and learn how it all came to be. Learn the history of the Ute and Paiute tribes who lived at Arches for thousands of years. Hear their legends of the trickster god who brought them to the desert and the portals through time that lie dormant. Find out how these tribes survived and what they left behind. See Zion National Park and hear why early Mormon pioneers thought it was heaven on earth. This tour works by ca...

    The audio was awesome, learned a lot about the area and directions were very helpful!

  • From Las Vegas: 7-Day National Parks Small Group Tour

    10. From Las Vegas: 7-Day National Parks Small Group Tour

    Choose from a a private or small-group tour and embark on an unforgettable 7-day adventure across Monument Valley. Admire the depths of the Grand Canyon, experience the real Wild Wild West, and discover the iconic Utah landscapes of Zion, Bryce, Arches, and Canyon Lands. Day 1 Zion National Park: Leaving the bright lights of Las Vegas behind us for a while we head out to Utah’s finest National Park. Massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. Challenge yourself to what’s considered the best half day hike in the southwest by hiking a narrow ridgeline to Angels Landing. Take it easy exploring the pristine Emerald pools, enjoy a river hike deep in the narrows, weather permitting.  Or if you are feeling really adventurous-do all three! Day 2 Bryce National Park: A short drive today takes us to an elevation of 8000 ft ...

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What people are saying about Canyonlands National Park

The tour was amazing. It provided an exciting way to visit Canyonlands while getting information about the area and doing it in a safe manner (but feeling like you’re living on the edge!). The guide was very knowledgeable about the geology and history of the area. He “transported us back in time” which was really cool! He drove the 4x4 and didn’t scare us - we felt safe with his driving even though it was off road and very narrow at times. He was always responsible and safe. Stopped often to allow us to see and take pictures of the beautiful area.

Our tour guide, Ben, was the best! He was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited and skilled at driving us through the rocky backroads of Arches National Park and Canyonlands. It was a fun, informative and exciting adventure that wouldn’t have been possible, or safe, to do on our own.

Mike was a great guide. He was a wealth of information and made sure that we experienced a fun day exploring both Canyonlands and Arches. Most of the time we felt like we were the only ones in the parks as he took us on trails off the normal touring path.

Smooth flight, interesting narration, and great overview of Canyon Lands. Highly recommend as the best way to fully appreciate the depth and unique beauty of the area!

Rocky is a very well versed tour guide. A good driver too, which is essential. We had a blast.