Day Trips from Moab to Canyonlands National Park

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From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

1. From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

Enjoy a guided rafting tour for all ages and levels of experience along the Colorado River. Depart from Moab and spend half the day navigating Class 1 or 2 rapids surrounded by impressive rock formations. Get picked up in Moab and meet your professional guide. Get outfitted with the necessary rafting gear and listen to your guide's safety instructions. Then embark on a wild adventure along the Fisher Towers and Professor Valley part of the river. The trip is about 7 miles and you're sure to get in some splashy rapids. Select the option including lunch to enjoy a buffet-style meal during your tour. At the end of the trip, the shuttle will take you back to Moab.

From Moab: Half-Day Arches National Park 4x4 Driving Tour

2. From Moab: Half-Day Arches National Park 4x4 Driving Tour

After pickup in Moab, your off-road 4x4 tour through Arches National Park starts near Doc Williams Point. Climb up a steep, short rock wall in your vehicle, then cut across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes. Pass the famous 92-foot wide Tower Arch and the Eye of the Whale Arch. See the Marching Men, a group of 7 towers lined up in one row.   Stop in a few great spots to take amazing photos, and enjoy a few short hikes throughout the tour. Learn about the formation of the red rocks, take in the fresh air, and enjoy the silence while admiring the scenic views. Exit via an old cowboy trail and see Dinosaur tracks on your way back to Moab, where you'll be dropped off back at your accommodation.

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

3. 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

4. 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: 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.

Moab: Colorado River and Fisher Towers Half-Day Rafting Tour

6. Moab: Colorado River and Fisher Towers Half-Day Rafting Tour

Enjoy the best of the Colorado River and Fisher Towers on this half-day rafting tour. Join the morning participants and spend the afternoon with other rafters as you cruise down Utah's most exciting river. Begin from Moab, Utah, and then head toward the river with your guide. Take a drive to either Onion Creek or Rocky Rapid and launch into the water. Briefly review safety procedures and go over the necessary rafting skills. Now it’s time to hit the water! Head down the river and take in views of the majestic Fisher Towers before hearing the unmistakable sound of whitewater ahead. Raft through rapids and experience plenty of additional splashes before heading back to Moab.

Moab: Hells Revenge Trail Off-Roading Adventure

7. Moab: Hells Revenge Trail Off-Roading Adventure

Discover the world-famous Hells Revenge trail and witness its stunning rocky terrains as you ride custom-built 4x4 vehicles with full safety equipment driven by a professional driver. Choose from a 2 or 3-hour tour suitable for any age. Feel at ease knowing that tours come with highly-experienced guides who put your safety as their priority. The vehicles are built specifically for these rocky terrains and offer the best quality roll cage, 5 point harnesses, and bucket seats for optimal safety and comfort. 2-Hour Tour: Experience the petrified "roller coaster" sand dunes and go out to the Colorado River overlook. See the La Sal Mountain Range, stand 1,000ft above the Colorado River, and look into Arches National Park from a distance. This tour will include one obstacle: Hells Gate.  3-Hour Tour: Get to cover most of Hells Revenge Trail on trilling obstacles which include Slick Rock, Hells Gate, Mickeys Hot Tub, Car Wash Hot Tub, Escalator, Cowboy Hill, Really Steep Hill, and the Colorado River Overlook that offers breathtaking views.

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

8. 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: Hurrah Pass 4x4 Driving Adventure

9. Moab: Hurrah Pass 4x4 Driving Adventure

This scenic tour explores the Wild West scenery of the Colorado River and historic Kane Creek. Hear about the geology, history, and ancient civilizations of the area from your experienced guide. Meet for this scenic 4x4 off-roading tour at the Moab Tourism Center. Once you check in, listen to a short safety briefing from your guide, so you feel prepared and ready to go. You will be provided with a 4x4 vehicle called a UTV. These machines with four seats are automatic and easy to navigate. Hop behind the wheel and drive towards the Hurrah Pass Trail, which is just 15 minutes away. Go on a scenic off-road tour following your guide’s instructions. Stop at the thousand-year-old Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan Petroglyphs to take in their detail and history. See rocks from different time periods in history as you make your way along steep dirt tracks. Finally, arrive at the Hurrah Pass Overlook, located near Canyonlands National Park, and admire the incredible views. Your tour ends with a ride back to the Moab Tourism Center.

Moab: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Rappelling Tour

10. Moab: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Rappelling Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in Moab, start the tour with a short 4x4 ride through rocky terrain towards the off-the-beaten-track Dad Gum Canyon. After a safety briefing from your expert guide, get geared up and begin your canyoneering experience. Hike and rock rappel into pools of water in this little slot canyon. Prepare to get wet as you find several small waterfalls and crystal clear pools. At the end of the adventure, an unforgettable 200-foot guided rappel awaits you. Once you hike out of the last bit of the canyon, make your way back to Moab where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Moab

The best way to see Canyonlands Island in the Sky area in our opinion. We were able to access parts of the park only accessible via 4x4. Adam, our guide, was excellent sharing history and geography of the area while giving our group time to safely explore.

This was definitely a great way to visit arches. It was a private tour for our party of 3 and we didn’t see anyone else for hours. Mick, our guide, was friendly and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend.

Excellent day of adventure through Arches and Canyonlands. Ricky was a first class guide and driver and kept us entertained throughout the day. Many thanks to all for the experience.

A great tour, our guide Rick took us to great spots and was very informative. Would recommend this tour to anyone that wats a good tour of Arches.

Fantastic day trip with Rick as our guide. Just beautiful and highly recommended