Dead Horse Point State Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Moab: Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River

1. 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: Helicopter Tour of the Canyons

2. Moab: Helicopter Tour of the Canyons

You will see Dead Horse Point, the Colorado River, Thelma and Louise Point, the Potash Ponds, and amazing views of the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park on our most popular helicopter tour. Fly down beautiful Kane Creek Canyon and directly above the rising fins of Behind the Rocks. Finally, see many backcountry arches, including Corona Arch, Pritchett Arch, Halls Bridge, Funnel Arch, and several others.

Moab: Dead Horse Point Singletrack Mountain Biking Tour

3. Moab: Dead Horse Point Singletrack Mountain Biking Tour

Discover Dead Horse Point, one of Utah’s most spectacular state parks, on a guided mountain biking activity. Ride along a rugged trail 2,000 feet above the Colorado River and see fantastic panoramic views of the Canyonlands area with its sculpted pinnacles and buttes. Meet in the morning and set off on the Intrepid Trail of Dead Horse Point State Park. With the half-day option, enjoy an introduction to singletrack riding along scenic rolling terrain, mixed with some short climbs and lots of fun sections to explore. If you choose the full-day option, enjoy a scenic lunch at the park’s main viewpoint. Additionally, you will finish the day on the more challenging Twisted Tree and Prickly Pear Trail segments on the western edge of the park.

Moab: Canyons and Geology Airplane Trip

4. Moab: Canyons and Geology Airplane Trip

Clamber onboard a flight to remember and marvel at dramatic geological features. Benefit from informative commentary as you witness the dramatic landscape of the Moab area in a unique way. Fly east from Moab to the famous canyons of Gateway, Colorado. See the Colorado River and side canyons including Grandstaff Canyon, Morning Glory Arch, Castle Valley, and Professor Valleys. Encounter the Fisher Towers and exposures of the Paradox Formation. Swing over to the Dolores River Canyon to see the cliffs, canyons, and mesas that have been home to generations of ancient and modern Native Americans. Approach the La Sal Mountains and see the changes in vegetation as you catch distant views of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Learn all about the geological features as you head back towards canyon country with a bird's eye view of the Mi Vida uranium mine. Enjoy sights of the Canyonlands National Park, Needles District, the Confluence, and Island in the Sky before returning back to land.

Canyonlands National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

5. 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.

Moab: Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands Sunrise Photography

6. Moab: Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands Sunrise Photography

You and your photographer guide will head out in time to catch the early morning light. Your guide will also be available to teach you about composition and help you navigate your camera's settings. You'll also have the option of tacking on Arches National Park to extend your tour to a full-day experience. We will photograph from several viewpoints around Dead Horse Point. Afterwords, we will photograph at 1-2 locations pending weather and time in Canyonlands National Park. Lastly, we will visit the Corona Arch, a natural sandstone arch near Moab. The arch is located within the same rock formation as Pinto Arch and Bowtie Arch.

Moab: Arches, Canyonlands, and Moab Photography Day Trip

7. Moab: Arches, Canyonlands, and Moab Photography Day Trip

Your guide has scoured the area for exceptional photography spots, and will be available to help you not only with composition, but also with how to maximize your camera's settings for excellent shots. We make our first stop at the Dead Horse Point State Park. Photograph from several viewpoints around Dead Horse Point. Then, we will photograph at 2-3 locations, pending weather and time in Canyonlands National Park. Our next stop is the Arches National Park. Iconic arches and rock formations, often with the snow-covered peaks of the La Sal Mountains behind. It is a busy park, so we will try to visit more out of the way locations that fewer visitors get to.Time permitting, we will visit an ancient petroglyph site along Potash road on our way back to Moab after the morning in Canyonlands

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4.7 / 5

based on 64 reviews

My wife and I had the pleasure of experiencing a breathtaking scenic flight tour of the Canyons in a helicopter. What we loved the most was the personalized commentary we received from our professional and experienced helicopter pilot and guide Tracy. And we could ask questions! It's rare talent to find both a skilled pilot AND one who is passionate and knowledgeable about the changing geographic landscapes and formations that we fly over. The helicopter flight was like no other flights that we experienced. The front seat provides an almost 180 degrees view of the front and it feels like flying through the aerial scenes of a sci-fi movie or Top Gun. Experiencing the canyons, rivers and arches from a bird's eye view is nothing like what you experience from witnessing it from a lookout points or hiking on ground level. There were moments we felt completely overwhelmed with wonder and awe at how majestic the landscape was, as our helicopter cut over the cliffs and circled over arches.

Our float trip was amazing. It was relaxing, informative, educational, and the scenery was incredible. Jesse was the perfect guide. He was friendly, knowledgeable, engaging, and easy to talk to. My wife and I are glad we took the ride. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

Pünktliche Bootsfahrt in gutem Raft mit kompetentem Führer. Ruhige Fahrt wie erwartet mit Kurzer Wanderung zu versteinerten Bäumen. Aufgrund des geringen Wasserstandes im Colorado, stiegen wir zeitweise aus, um das Stadt in knietiefem Wasser über eine Sandbank zu ziehen.

Josh the guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the entire trip.