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Canyonlands National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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: 3-Hour Scenic 4x4 Off-Road Adventure

2. Moab: 3-Hour Scenic 4x4 Off-Road Adventure

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.

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: Guided Full Moon Hike

4. 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.

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

5. 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 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.

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

6. 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.

Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands National Park Private 4x4 Tour

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

Folks visiting the parks on their own typically only see what is alongside the pavement road ─ this private 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. You’ll 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. 

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 a 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.

Canyonlands and Arches National Park: Scenic Airplane Flight

9. Canyonlands and Arches National Park: Scenic Airplane Flight

Arches National Park and the Canyonlands are two big reasons that Moab, Utah has become an international destination. Make the most of your valuable time here by visiting both parks on this scenic flight. This is the only operator certified to offer scenic flights over these iconic attractions so you will see these national parks in a way that very few have.  The vast geologic diversity, which attracts scientists from around the world, can best be appreciated 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.  There is no other way to visit these parks so comprehensively and comfortably. Gain access to the remote restricted districts of Canyonlands and bypass the lines and crowds in Arches National Park. This adventure truly provides an excellent opportunity for a truly memorable and awe-inspiring experience. 

Moab: Edge Of Canyonlands National Park Helicopter Flight

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Canyonlands National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 296 reviews

Tristan was a fantastic local guide! Super private experience in Canyonlands. Saw dinosaur bones, horned sheep, lizards, Musselman Arch, rock climbers, and the Thelma & Louise site. Shafer Trail was an amazing experience. Highly recommend this tour for those wanting to seek adventure and see Canyonlands in an unique way.

Wonderful tour! Breathtakingly beautiful everywhere you look. Interesting commentary, very pleasant, knowledgeable and friendly guide. Well worth the price. Highly recommend. NB: Because a jet boat is fast, it gets very windy and can feel cold. Some water spray. Warm blankets are available, but dress in layers anyway.

We had the best experience with learning about the area and the beautiful terrain. Our tour guide Blaine was awesome and made the day very memorable. He was not only knowledgeable about the parks (Arches and Canyonlands) but super personable and made it a fun day for us.

It was wildly beautiful and serene at the same time. I’m so glad we took this tour. We would have never been able to see so much history and geological changes. Our guide, Kevin, was great too.

Great ride down into the canyon floor and back up the canyon walls to the top, covering so much more beautiful scenery than we could cover in several days of hiking.