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Canyonlands National Park

4.3
Geologic Formations · Lookouts · Hiking Trails

Popular things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Mesa Arch ©
Geologic Formation
Mesa Arch
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Island in the Sky
Geologic Formation
Island in the Sky
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Grand View Point Overlook ©
Lookout
Grand View Point Overlook
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
The Needles
Canyon
The Needles
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange. The dry desert climate and varied terrain draw recreation enthusiasts of various types, including hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, four-wheel drivers, paddlers, and anglers. The park includes four districts: Island in the Sky, which is known for its expansive views and scenic drives; the Needles, named for the area's tall sandstone spires (it requires hiking or a four-wheel drive vehicle to visit its remote attractions); the Maze, an even more remote area with steep-walled canyons; and the Rivers, where you can navigate the park by water. Nearly 60 percent of park visitors stick to Island in the Sky; the other areas attract those looking for more of a backcountry experience. Plan your holiday in Canyonlands National Park and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our United States road trip planning tool.

Side trips from Canyonlands National Park

Natural Bridges National Monument ©
Geologic Formation
Natural Bridges National Monument Blanding
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
Landscape Arch ©
Geologic Formation
Landscape Arch Arches National Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Devils Garden Trailhead ©
Hiking Trail
Devils Garden Trailhead Arches National Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Little Wild Horse Canyon ©
Canyon
Little Wild Horse Canyon Utah
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Canyonlands National Park

Shafer Trail
Hiking Trail
Shafer Trail
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
White Rim Trail
Hiking Trail
White Rim Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Confluence Overlook Trail
Hiking Trail
Confluence Overlook Trail
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Murphy Point Trail
Hiking Trail
Murphy Point Trail
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Canyonlands National Park

Upheaval Dome ©
Geologic Formation
Upheaval Dome
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
White Rim Road
Scenic Drive
White Rim Road
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Shafer Canyon Overlook ©
Canyon
Shafer Canyon Overlook
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
The Maze ©
Geologic Formation
The Maze
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Canyonlands National Park

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Great Gallery
Geologic Formation
Great Gallery
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Cataract Canyon ©
Canyon
Cataract Canyon
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
White Crack
Geologic Formation
White Crack
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Elephant Hill ©
Geologic Formation
Elephant Hill
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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