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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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Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
$154.56 per adult
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Traylor was terrific. We...
Traylor was terrific. We had a great time. Very knowledgeable about the Canyon Lands and the Moab area. Would do another tour if we come back.
Karen_D, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Moab

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Off Road adventure
Jennifer_T, Jun 2022
Canyonlands National Park Backcountry 4x4 Adventure from Moab
Great trip, fun way to see the other side of Canyonlands park. Tour was on time, guide was great and knowledgeable, jeep was clean and new.
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Perfect way for my family to experience Canyonlands
Kari_W, Mar 2022
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
Our guide Pauline was not only a geologist but also wonderful with our kids. They’ve missed out on a lot of education due to COVID, this was the perfect way to get more in. She was a fantastic guide for us and we are so grateful for this experience! Thank-you!
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Traylor was terrific. We...
Karen_D, Aug 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Traylor was terrific. We had a great time. Very knowledgeable about the Canyon Lands and the Moab area. Would do another tour if we come back.
star-4
An excellent introduction to Canyonlands National Park!
James_R, Aug 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Our Driver/Guide was very accommodating and knowledgeable. He gave us lots of history and interesting explanations for any subject about Canyonlands. It was a very good tour. I almost didn't take the tour because I thought it was somewhat pricey! It would have been nice to offer a small discount since there were 4 of us from the same family taking the tour.
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Great experience
Jon_K, Jul 2022
Canyonlands National Park Backcountry 4x4 Adventure from Moab
Mark was a great guide and driver. He also knew good photo op locations. Very scenic stops and ride.
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Very worthwhile
David_B, Jun 2022
Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Self-Driving Bundle Tour
Seeing the highlights of both parks in a relaxing drive. Appreciated the back story to the parks and the various sites much more than trying to glean the basic info from written material. The Parks's written material is more understandable after taking the audio tour.
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Awesome
Tami_P, Jun 2022
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
Love how knowledgeable the driver was, and Tom's information was valuable and Informative. The views were awesome
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SPECTACULAR!
Lois_B, Jul 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Our guide was simply amazing. He added so many interesting facts and stories. Seeing Canyonlands from the top is "okay" but when you do this tour you get to see an entirely different perspective. It's a small group (only four of us) so we had time to stop and take beautiful pictures. I highly recommend this tour.
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Canyon lands
Mark_D, Jun 2022
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
The app allows you to go at your own pace and with GPS knows where you are heading. Also, gives the history and feel of the terrain.
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Wonderful Experience
John_S, May 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
We're had a great time with an informative and funny guide (Danno,) on our Canyonlands National Park tour.
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You can’t get to these areas in your car, even with 4wd
Alexander_M, May 2022
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
The canyons were spectacular. Coming in the back way through mining orations was very interesting. The cliff side drives were adventurous, but John was in full control.
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Tristen was a wonderful...
Madonna_T, Jul 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Tristen was a wonderful guide and explained much about the sites we were seeing. I felt safe with his driving!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Canyonlands National Park?
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What else should I know about attractions in Moab?
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As well as visiting the Canyonlands National Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: