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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

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514 Reviews
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

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Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
$130.62 per adult
Canyonlands half day tour
We did the afternoon tour and Mike was our guide. He was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable and entertaining. He covered everything from the history of petroglyphs, geology, desert ecology to movie history and local history. The views were amazing and you get to see parts of Canyonlands you might not otherwise get to. And Mike makes great lemonade! 👍
Ian_T, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Moab

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Rick was awesome!
Melanie_H, Jun 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
We traveled through Canyonlands National Park on a half day tour with another couple. We all thoroughly enjoyed Rick’s company. He was really personable and fun. He also gave us some great tips for the rest of our trip.
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Excellent
Bernadettte_B, Jun 2021
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
The audio tour added so much information to our trip to Canyonlands! I think we got much more from our trip because of the audio guide.
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Beautiful Views
Kathy, Jun 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Our driver David was very informative and give us lots of information about the park. I don't think I would have enjoyed the Canyonlands NP as much as I did if it wasn't for this trip and seeing it from a different viewpoint.
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Easy to use
Stephanie_L, May 2021
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
Easy to download before the trip and use along our drive. Would use this app again for another driving tour.
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Rocked!!
Daniela_B, Jun 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Absolutely amazing. Loved it. So worth it and I will be back for sure!!! Highly recommend Navtec expedition.
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Very informative
Chuck_Y, May 2021
Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour
I liked the way the app followed your progress, and would start the narration as you approached your destination. The only downside was the beginning. It should be renamed the dinosaur park, instead of the Moab Giants. They are the smallest things in the area.
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Epic Tour Experience
Giuseppina_B, Oct 2020
Sunset Scenic Tour of Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Pt
The guide, Ania, was prompt, very personable and extremely knowledgeable. She went the extra mile to help me locate my phone, which we left on a bench outside the hotel in our excitement to leave. She took amazing pictures for me because she saw my disappointment regarding not having my phone to take pics. Highly recommend.
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Trip of a lifetime
Lina, May 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Our tour guide Josh was amazing: very knowledgeable, funny and excellent driver. We would’ve never seen all this beautiful places on our own
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Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide
Karen_w, May 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
Excellent tour on the backroads with knowledgeable guide Adam. We saw lots of beautiful scenery. Would highly recommend this tour.
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Very informative
twcrowell, May 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
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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Highly recommend!!
Michael_S, Apr 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
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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Best Views of Canyonlands
BrookeMarshall, Apr 2021
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
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.

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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