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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
$170.73 per adult
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Amazing experience with our guide Ric
We really enjoyed this amazing experience. Our guide Ric is friendly, knowledgeable and fun. He shared his story with us, took nice photos for us, even saved my hat from the edge of cliff. I strongly recommended him for people who are interested in this tour.
Chen_C, Jun 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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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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Beautiful introduction to Canyonlands!
AnnM_T, Jun 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Gorgeous scenery! David was an excellent and very knowledgeable Guide!! Highly recommended for any type of group or person!!
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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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Incredible experience
Christine_R, Jun 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Incredible tour!!! We loved our guides and their stories! What a great great experience! The only thing we didn’t like was having five people in a four seater Toyota. It was too tight in the back but this is a tour operator thing.
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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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Great morning outing
Steve_H, May 2022
Canyonlands National Park Backcountry 4x4 Adventure from Moab
Learned a lot about the area, was nice being able to look at the landscape while someone else drove.
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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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Amazing views
Hazel_H, Jun 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
We loved the Arches, but Canyonlands took our breathe away. The rock formations, the many different colors, the winding roads from bottom to the top at 10,000 feet will be with us forever. Levi was the best guide. He was very considerate and went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed every minute. We learned the history and all about the plants in Canyonlands. We recommended asking for Levi as your guide.
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So much fun!
Melinda_V, Jun 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Our tour was fantastic! Bronson did a great job and brought interesting things to our attention from petroglyphs to movie locations!! We had a great time.
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Bob's Big Adventure
John_C, Jun 2022
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Bob gave n excellent tour of the park. He is very knowledgeable and fun to be with. He took us to a lot of back country areas which were amazing.
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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: