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Canyonlands National Park

  • Canyonlands National Park

Overview

  • Karla Gadea

Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. The park has many canyons along with part of the Colorado river running through it. This is a desert land with amazing views and much to explore. The canyons have a red contrast color and offer many hikes. The park offers many recreational activities like hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, kayaking, and rafting. The park is also home to many wildlife like black bears, coyotes, skunks, bats, elk, foxes, bobcats, and much more! Before going check out Canyonlands National Park’s conditions here.

Weather: Spring- 82°F to 35°F Summer- 100°F to 60°F Fall- 88°F to 42°F Winter- 56°F to 22°F.For a more detailed weather chart  check out the NPS Weather page for Canyonlands.

Nearest City: Moab. 

The closest town to Canyonlands is Moab. It is located about 30 minutes northeast of the park; it also has the closest dining and lodging. Moab is also located about 10 minutes from Arches National Park.


Hike to Murphy Point(Year-round)(Beginner): This is a quiet secluded hike from the rest of the park’s hikes. It’s a very easy 3.4-mile out-and-back flat trail great for a relaxing day. Murphy Point is found in the Island In The Sky District and takes hikers on a trip which ends with a great view of the canyons, Murphy Basin, the White Rim, and Green River. The trailhead can be located off the main road to Grand View Point and has a small parking lot before the trailhead. 

Hike to Mesa Arch(Year-round)(Beginner): The hike to Mesa Arch is a very short 0.6-mile loop with an amazing rock feature and the great view of the mountains. This is one of the most famous structures of Canyonlands National Park so be ready for a small crowd or get there early. Make sure to snap a picture before you leave!

Hike the Syncline Trail(Winter-Spring)(Advanced): This is a difficult trail because it is unmaintained and hikers must go around the famous Upheaval Dome which leads to the bottom of the canyon and back up. It’s a very adventurous hike which goes through stone staircases, desert washes, canyons marked by cairns, and scrambling through big rocks. If you’re looking for some excitement and adventure for this trip be sure to check out the Syncline trail.

Hike to Upheaval Dome Overlook(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): Hike to Upheaval Dome to discover one of the biggest geological mysteries in Canyonlands National Park. This hike is a 1.8-mile round trip hike which is easy to follow and offers great panoramic views of the desert mesas and valleys of Canyonlands National Park.

Hike to False Kiva(Year-round)(Beginner): False Kiva offers the most beautiful location for an amazing sunset. This is an off-the-beaten-path hike located in Island in the Sky district in Canyonlands National Park. Once you reach the top of this 2.6 mile round trip hike you will see and archaeological site containing a large circle of rocks and a breathtaking view of its surrounding canyons! This is a hike in a desert so make sure to bring enough water.

Explore Needles Overlook(Year-round)(Beginner): If you’re looking for a break from all of these amazing hikes exploring needles overlook is highly recommended. The overlook offers impressive panoramic views of the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park. This destination sits on a peninsula of rock 1600 feet above southern Canyonlands National Park. This area of the park offers over 60 miles of trails for more trails click here!

Hike in Horseshoe Canyon(Spring,Fall)(Intermediate): Horseshoe Canyon is located on the northwest outskirts of Canyonlands National Park. The 7.2-mile round trip hike in Horseshoe Canyon has the most significant and well-preserved rock art in the country. Encounter life-sized pictographs and petroglyphs. To get to this location, you will have to go through 30 miles of dirt road to a parking lot; from there start out on the trail on the canyon top and begin hiking an old road with Slick Rock.

Hike Druid Arch(Spring,Fall)(Intermediate): Druid Arch is an interesting rock formation located on the eastern side of Canyonlands National Park. Start on Elephant Hill Trailhead, located about 6 miles west of the visitor center. The hike is a 5.4-mile hike one way, making it a 10.8-mile round trip. This is a great hike to explore and see many different rock formations and canyons.

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ACTIVITY:

Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Wildlife Observation, Biking, ATV, Rafting

Difficulty:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

SEASON:

Winter, Spring, Fall

How to Get There

Visitors to Canyonlands National Park have a variety of arrival destinations. The city of Moab, located just below Arches National Park has a municipal airport. From the Moab Municipal Airport, the drive to Arches National Park is about 15 minutes. Another option is Grand Junction Colorado (GDJ); many airlines offer services to GDJ. From GDJ, the drive is about 1 hours and 50 minutes to Moab. Visitors can also fly into the Salt Lake City Airport; the drive from SLC to the nearest city (Moab) is about 4 hours south.

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Additional Logding Options

Rodeway Inn & Suites Landmark (168 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532)
Website: https://www.choicehotels.com/?AID=10763463&PID=5897557&CJSID=50872533&afsrc=1&source=cj5897557
Phone: (435) 259-6147

Gonzo Inn (100 W 200 S, Moab, UT 84532)
Website: http://gonzoinn.com
Phone: (435) 259-2515

Aarchway Inn (1551 US-191, Moab, UT 84532)
Website: http://aarchwayinn.com
Phone: (435) 259-2599

Dining

El Charro Loco (812 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532)
Website: No website available, please call for more information.
Phone: (435)355-0854

Desert Bistro (36 S 100 W, Moab, UT 84532)
Website: http://desertbistro.com
Phone: (435) 259-0756

Jeffrey’s Steak House (218 N 100 W, Moab, UT 84532)
Website: http://jeffreyssteakhouse.com
Phone: (435)259-3588

Eklecticafe (352 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532)
Website: No website available, please call for more infomation.
Phone: (435) 259-6896

Tours

Canyonlands Park Tours - NAVTEC Expeditions (321 North Main Street Moab, Utah 84532)
Website: http://navtec.com/national-park-tours.html
Phone: 1-800-833-1278

Cataract Canyon Tour - Discover areas of Canyonlands National Park that are accessible only by river (225 South Main Street Moab, Utah 84532)
Website: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/sightseeing/canyonlands.php#tours
Phone: (435)259-7019/(866)904-1163

Escape Adventures (10575 Discovery Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135)
Website: http://www.escapeadventures.com/
Phone: (435)259-7423
E-mail: info@escapeadventures.com

Canyonlands by Night and Day - Jet tours (1861 N Hwy, Moab, UT 84532)
Website: http://canyonlandsbynight.com/
Phone: (435)259-5261

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