Colorado River, Utah
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Moab: Sound and Light Show with Dinner

1. Moab: Sound and Light Show with Dinner

Begin the evening on the banks of the Colorado River, just 2 miles north of Moab, Utah. Savor a delicious cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner in a dining room overlooking the water. After dinner, climb aboard a flat-bottomed boat and begin your river adventure. A knowledgeable and entertaining guide will point out things of interest and ignite your imagination. Once darkness settles in, the formal part of the evening begins when 40,000 watts of natural light illuminate the canyon wall. Watch as lights, shadows, music, and narration make the stories of the canyon's formation, creation, and history come to life on the walls above the river - as learned from the early settlers of the area (the Catholic conquistadors, Native Americans, and Mormon pioneers). This Sound and Light Show is a not-to-be-missed unique experience and a great end to a perfect day in Moab.

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

2. 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.

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From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

3. 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.

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Moab: Canyonlands National Park Airplane Tour

4. Moab: Canyonlands National Park Airplane Tour

This spectacular flight will carry you above the fantastic scenery of the northern district of the Canyonlands National Park, known as the Island in the Sky. Majestic 1,000-foot high cliffs rise above the Colorado and Green Rivers, which border it on either side. Serpentine drainage systems are carved into the terrain below the cliffs. Upheaval Dome can be seen at its northern end, the confluence of the two rivers form the district’s southernmost point.  Then, continue to Needles District, the most fanciful and colorful portions of Canyonlands. Pink and white bands can be seen in its many spires and cliffs. It is the home of some of the most remote and famous arches of canyon country. Difficult to reach by hiking and extremely beautiful, Angel Arch and Druid Arches are the best-known landmarks in Canyonlands. Elephant Arch, Kirk Arch, Wedding Ring Arch, and Castle Arch, hidden away in the backcountry, are also included in this one-of-a-kind scenic flight tour.  Hiking to these arches would take several multi-day permitted visits and are beyond the physical reach of many of us. On this flight, you will see them all, jewels among the many wondrous features of this national park. Unlike hikers, you will see their magnificent surroundings from a bird’s-eye view, in the vastness of this remarkable portion of this gorgeous earth. A unique and very special opportunity awaits you on this exclusive flight through the remote arches of Canyonlands.

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Moab: Arches National Park Airplane Tour

5. Moab: Arches National Park Airplane Tour

Discover the Arches National Park from the skies with no lines, no waits, and no crowds. There is no other way to view this park so comprehensively or comfortably. This scenic air tour is the only certified flight tour operator to access the National Park from above. Embark on this exclusive adventure and walk away with incredible pictures that are insta-worthy.  Arches National Park has the world’s largest concentration of arches—more than 2000 of these amazing features. World-famous Delicate Arch can be clearly seen on this Scenic Air Tour. This national park park contains many other splendid rock formations including cliffs, fins, monuments, and pillars. Superbly colored and varied, the views of these features are breathtaking from the ground, but even more amazing to behold from the air. See the iconic Delicate Arch, North and South Windows, Elephant Butte, Fiery Furnace, Devils Garden, and Navajo Arch. On this exclusive scenic flight tour, you have the opportunity to take unique photographs from a bird's-eye-view. Discovering Arches National Park by plane allows you to access even more views of iconic arches than you would be able to in 3 days of world-class hiking in the park.

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Moab: Canyonlands National Park 4x4 White Rim Tour

6. Moab: Canyonlands National Park 4x4 White Rim Tour

See the best sights of the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park and experience the famous White Rim 4x4 Trail. Your excursion starts from your accommodation in Moab with a professional and knowledgeable tour guide. Travel alongside the Colorado River as you gain elevation and make your way toward Canyonlands National Park. Before reaching the park boundary, you'll make several stops, including pristine rock art panels, overlooks of the Colorado River Canyon, and wide sweeping vistas. Once you reach the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park and the White Rim Trail, stop again and enjoy a short hike to one of the many backcountry arches that the park has to offer, including the unique Musselman Arch.   Continue your trek along the White Rim and down Lathrop Canyon, a side route that will lead to the riverside oasis, where you'll enjoy a buffet-style picnic lunch prepared by your guide. There are several optional hike options throughout the day. On your way back to Moab, your 4x4 vehicle will climb up the famous Shafer Trail that will take you up to the mesa top for one more stunning view.  

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What people are saying about Colorado River, Utah

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 18 reviews

The dinner was great, the guides were very friendly and knowledgeable, and this was a very intimate and exciting experience. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Moab.

This travel guide service was one of only two services permitted to take us to places other guide services could not go. The views were extraordinary.

Good was great! Loved the boat ride. Could’ve made the history a little less religious. But overall, loved the experience.

Must do boat cruise in Moab. Sights and Sounds Dinner Cruise.

Fascinating drive through magnificent country. Unforgettable!