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

1. 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.

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

2. 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. Keep your energy up along the way with a refreshing picnic lunch. 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. Stop at Devils Garden for a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, 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.

Arches and Canyonlands National Park: In-App Audio Guides

3. Arches and Canyonlands National Park: In-App Audio Guides

Discover Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with interactive guides on your phone. Admire stunning vistas, rock formations, and scenic hiking trails with an app 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, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! NOTE: This 68+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of the Arches & Canyonlands Bundle in 5-6 hours. 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 guide concludes.

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

4. 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: Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River

5. Moab: Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River

Experience the Colorado River as you float down some of the most incredible scenery the U.S. has to offer. Glide south of the Moab Valley, where the water is calm, as you take in the majestic sights of Meander Canyon, located in the Canyonlands.   You'll ride in a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) on a half-day scenic tour. Enjoy this small group tour for a relaxed atmosphere, as you make your way through the canyon. Enjoy either morning or afternoon options. Glide under Dead Horse Point and see Native American art and ruins along the way. Hop off the boat for a short walk to see an ancient petrified forest. Take in incredible views of Canyonlands, as you float past the Goose Neck of the Colorado, before completing your tour.

Moab: Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour

6. Moab: Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! 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. Immediately after booking, you will receive a password and an app. Download the app, enter the password, and download the tour.

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

7. 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.

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 National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

9. Canyonlands National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your gateway to the rugged and majestic landscapes of Canyonlands National Park. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through a vast and untamed wilderness that offers stunning vistas, deep canyons, towering mesas, and ancient rock formations. As you explore Canyonlands National Park with the Shaka Guide app, get ready to be immersed in the park's rich geological history and captivating natural wonders. The app will provide informative and engaging audio commentary, revealing the forces of nature that shaped this remarkable landscape over millions of years. Discover the park's distinct districts, each offering its own unique charm and scenic beauty. The app will guide you through the Island in the Sky district, the most accessible and popular section of the park. Here, you'll encounter mesmerizing overlooks, such as Mesa Arch, Green River Overlook, and Grand View Point, offering breathtaking panoramas of the canyons below. As you drive along the park's scenic roads, the Shaka Guide app will highlight noteworthy points of interest and share intriguing stories about the ancient Native American cultures that once thrived in the area. Learn about the ancestral Puebloans who left their mark through petroglyphs and ruins, adding to the cultural richness of Canyonlands. Explore the park's expansive network of trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. Discover trails like the Mesa Arch Trail, Upheaval Dome Trail, and the iconic Needles District trails, each offering unique perspectives on the park's awe-inspiring landscapes. Immerse yourself in the solitude and tranquility of Canyonlands National Park as you venture into its remote corners. The Shaka Guide app will provide guidance and insights as you explore the park's hidden gems, such as the White Rim Road or the Maze District, offering an adventurous escape into a wild and untamed landscape. Capture the stunning beauty of Canyonlands National Park with your camera as the app points out ideal photography spots and provides tips for capturing the perfect shot. From sunrise to sunset, the changing light bathes the canyons in a kaleidoscope of colors, creating a photographer's paradise. Some exciting things to do on the tour: Panoramic views of the deep canyons, towering mesas, and rugged landscapes that define Canyonlands. Hit the trails to truly immerse yourself in the park's beauty. Embark on a thrilling off-road adventure along the White Rim Road or the Shafer Trail. Witness the wonder of the night sky in this remote and peaceful setting. Take a break and enjoy a picnic at one of the park's designated picnic areas. With the Shaka Guide app as your knowledgeable companion, your visit to Canyonlands National Park will be enriched by fascinating facts, geological insights, and engaging stories. So, grab your phone, and get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through the untamed landscapes of Canyonlands National Park.

Ultimate Arizona Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tours Bundle

10. Ultimate Arizona Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tours Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: In this bundle, each tour is 30+ mile-long and takes 2-3 hours to complete. Take advantage of your time in Arizona to discover its 3 biggest natural and cultural attractions: the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Horseshoe Bend. Simply download the tour app and guide yourself through exciting driving and walking adventures using the audio narration and your phone's GPS. Once downloaded, your Grand Canyon tour begins near the park’s south welcome sign. Visit Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and the Geology Museum, before heading over to Grand Canyon Village for snacks and souvenirs. Walk along South Rim Trail and hear about the peculiar Hopi House. Board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle and stop at some incredible vistas, including Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss. More great views await you back east at Pipe Creek Vista and Grandview Point, as well as the impressive Desert View Watchtower. The tour concludes here. Your tour of Sedona begins at the Visitor Center. Drive the Red Rock Scenic Byway and learn about the spiritual history of this town. Explore the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Cathedral Rock, and the Courthouse Vista. End your tour in the Village of Oak Creek. Head on over to the trailhead for Horseshoe Bend to hear about the early days of the Colorado River and how the current formation was created. Arrive at Horseshoe Bend and admire the jaw-dropping views of the landmark. Take a guided driving tour through Page, the town where this site is located. This bundle includes the following tours: 1. Grand Canyon South Rim 2. Grand Canyon North Rim 3. Grand Canyon East Rim 4. Grand Canyon Village 5. Sedona & Red Rock State Park 6. Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas 7. Hoover Dam Tour from Arizona 8. Petrified National Forest Park 9. Saguaro East National Park 10. Saguaro West National Park 11. Mt Lemmon 12. Page (Bonus) 13. Horseshoe Bend (Bonus)

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What people are saying about Canyonlands National Park

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4.8
(502 reviews)

The tours for Arches and Canyonlands were terrific. If you follow the instructions and download the tours ahead of time, pull up the starting point directions while you have data or wifi services (in town or at your hotel), and turn off cell service (data) when you get to the starting points, the app works perfectly. Also, make sure you go the speed limit, so the stories don't cut off by getting to the next point too quickly. We were able to connect it through our car audio system. It was informative and interesting, like having a tour guide right in your car. We were definitely glad we used this app.

So far we've used Arches and Monument Valley tours. We plan to use Zion and Bryce Canyon soon. Nice modules with interesting information that you'd miss otherwise. Easy to use with Bluetooth to car speakers. Satellite following worked very well considering the remote areas.

We rented two Polaris 4x4 UTVs and had a great time zipping through the dunes (two hour tour). Our guide was professional and we had a great time. Highly recommended.

Josh was r guide. He was exceptional in all aspects of the tour. Knowledgeable, personable, funny, patient just overall terrific!

Superb experience and wonderful driver/guide, Harry!