Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park
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  • toohip
    99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views, treacherous overlooks, well maintained, a must stop and see
    If you saw Arches NP, this is like the reverse. . canyons took down on rather than monuments to look "up" to! Amazing views. Lots of overlooks, but many DO NOT HAVE railings, so watch the kids. Not fearful of heights, but thinking of our grandkids it would probably terrify me. Paved road is nice, many turnouts and parking for views. Make sure to go to the end to Grand View of the far off canyons and near the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers. What's interesting it the "White Rim Road" below on all views. It's a 100 mile semi-4wheel drive road that takes supposedly 2 days to transverse. You'll occassionally see a car down there if you look carefully, for a moving dot1 The Sandstone arch is not worth the long walk if you've seen arches. It's very, very small, and unimpressive, but the walk to there with all the wildflowers, cactus blooming was amazing. The overlook across from the visitor Center is amazing, and scary. No rails, direct overlooks straight down and you can see for dozens of miles. Visitor center is nice, nice movie, good displays. We've seen Arches and Capital Reef so far, and this is the reverse of Arches . . canyons vs monuments. Definately a must-see. Park was well constructed and mapped.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Demon Mike
    Melbourne, Australia257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Canyonlands National Park
    We stayed in Moab and did both Arches and Canyonlands in successive days. Whereas in Arches you are in the park, in Canyonlands you are on top looking down. There are spectactular views and many hikes that one can do, ranging from easy to hard. we spent a whoie day. It is in my and my wife's view more interestng than Arches.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Kurt H
    Salt Lake City, Utah492 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    3 Different Phenomenal Parks in One
    Canyonlands is 3 completely different parks in one. Most visits are to Island in the Sky (north sector with the entrance basically across from Arches), which has spectacular, sweeping views ala the Grand Canyon except the vistas are in about 270 degrees around this park's segment, just not due north. Needles district is the southern part, accessible south of Moab. It has petroglyphs, esp. Newspaper Rock, and the rock formations are more like massive people standing all over the place. Maze is the western district and accessible by hiking etc (i have not visited this section but have flown over). Island in the Sky district has vast views in multiple directions for literally 100 miles. However, the best views of the Colorado River 2,000ft. river right below you is from Dead horse Point St. Park, immediately to the east of Canyonlands park, which is the main weakness of Canyonlands and advantage of Dead Horse Pt. We agree with other postings that this is on par with Grand Canyon, without considering the Needles section, which adds a whole new aspect.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 8, 2023
  • wirttravelers
    550 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views for miles
    This lovely park is less crowded than its near neighbor Arches. The overlooks have stunning views. You can see for miles! But, be aware, that those who have a fear of heights may not like these overlooks; it's a long way down! The best short hike is the one to Mesa Arch. Photographers will want to visit the arch in the morning for the best light. PLEASE, when going to the arch, stay on the path. We saw a number of people roaming around the hilltop and stepping on the fragile desert vegetation. Be respectful of the others on the path and of the plants.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Jazz Gumbo
    London, United Kingdom827 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit
    A remarkable place with some stunning views that are truly awe inspiring. Certainly some stunning stops that are unforgettable to view. Personally I understand a number of people overlook Canyonlands for Arches but its a different selection of view & trails. Personally I felt it was magnificent.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • tony s
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip and hike
    Beautiful place BUT very slow at the park entrance so plan at least 30 min or more during the busy seasons. If you have ever wanted to drive through the Grand Canyon then take the 98 mile loop off road and be prepared for everything. Hiking is a must
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Lorna B.
    Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania841 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    very enjoyable views
    We recently visited here as part of a two-week-long road trip from our home in southeastern PA out to see Utah’s national parks. We visited here the day after visiting Arches (see separate review), spending about 4 hours in total here (we had spent 7 at Arches). We drove the park’s main scenic drive at the Island in the Sky district, stopping at various pullovers to take photos and several parking areas to explore better on foot. We are not hikers but we were able to get great views just by taking the scenic drive. Overall, I did not find the scenery here as beautiful as Utah’s other national parks (while my husband liked the views here a lot), but I still consider it a must-see destination. The Visitor Center here is sufficient, with a small parking lot and only outdoor vault toilets. The park film was shown on a very small screen. The NPS website was very helpful to us in planning our visit. Our drive from our hotel in Green River was only 45 minutes (staying there rather than in Moab saved us some money—plus we got picnic items from the nice Love’s located here). The drive to and from Canyonlands was quite scenic as well.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • CDTrip72
    Arlington Heights, Illinois239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arches Underappreciated Little Brother
    This place is really an unappreciated gem and if you go to the most popular section, Island in the Sky, it’s only 30-40 minutes away from Arches. The funny thing is that this place even isn’t appreciated in Moab as my daughter wanted to buy a Canyonlands hat and we went to at least 10 stores in Moab and while there were a ton of Arches, we found a grand total of two Canyonland hats. As you drive in, you need to pay attention as it’s an open range for cattle as they will go on the road. While it didn’t happen to us, I’ve spoken with people where the cows did appear. One other important note is that there is only one entrance station and since there is no timed reservation system, it could mean very long wait times. We were lucky and had to just wait 10 minutes. Once you get in, the visitor center appears quickly (it’s on the small side) and if you go across the street, you can already see wonderful views of the canyons. There are no stores or other services once you leave the visitor center, so make sure you fill up on water and other snacks. We learned that the ravens have learned to unzip backpacks, so as a result they are now putting out the bear-proof garbage cans! The two big highlights for us is doing the Mesa Arch (easy) and the Upheaval Dome (moderate) trails. Wonderful views and it’s definitely different then from Arches National Park. From a timing standpoint, we hit 95% of the locations and even with these two hikes, you can see at least the Island in the Sky potion in a day. So, unless you are in a real time crunch, you need to make sure you stop here as part of your Arches experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • carlotaTravel4fun
    629 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great National Park with eary access to sites
    Canyonlands National Park has a lot to offer, and while probably not as busy as many NP, it was busy; however, parking was not a problem at any of the sites we wanted to visit. The first site you will want to see is on the left side of the road called Mesa Arch. It is just a short hike from the road to the Arch. This was the busiest of the sites we visited. Go up under the arch to look at the valley below. It is amazing. From there drive to the Upheaval Dome which is a short uphill hike and worth the effort. Many have mentioned the Grand View Overlook, which is a short walk from the parking lot. All of these sites are off the main road and an easy to get to and enjoy.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • DLP
    New Jersey3,579 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! The Views!
    This National Park had the most amazing views in comparison to Arches which was a short distance away. And the colors!! Canyonland is divided into 3 sections and we visited Island in the Sky. The last stop on the loop road is The Grand view and it is a grand view indeed! Spectacular! There are several pull offs…not many along the road and everyone is worth a stop. We ended our time in the park at the visitor center but you could start it there if you so choose.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
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Liz S
Biloxi, MS1,917 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a ride! The red rock formations are beautiful. Canyonlands National Park runs along Bryce Canyon. In our way to more sightseeing spots you are viewing sightseeing scenery.
Written May 26, 2024
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ksufan88
Wichita, KS6,275 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
We arrived at the park around 9 AM and we didn’t have any wait to enter the park. There were several viewpoints along the road that didn’t require much of a hike to enjoy the beauty of the area. Later in the morning, some of the parking lots were full and we had to park alongside the road. Our highlights of the park include: The Neck (a quick stop with amazing views), Mesa Arch (a 1/2 mile loop with a beautiful arch), the Grand Viewpoint and Trail (the viewpoint alone provides excellent sights but we also enjoyed the trail along the edge of the canyon), and the Buck Canyon viewpoint. We spent about 5 hours in park and had an excellent time!
Written May 15, 2024
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Karilinn S
Manassas, Virginia, United States23 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Definitely the only way to see Canyonlands NP. Mark was an exceptional tour guide. He was highly knowledgeable about ALL the different aspects of the park. This is one park I HIGHLY recommend that you let someone else do the driving and he was phenomenal in safely getting us from one point to another. The only way to experience and appreciate the beauty of this park is to use this group that has been sponsored by th NP service.
Written May 8, 2024
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santhony
Fordyce, AR597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Canyonlands National Park is approximately 30-45 minutes from Moab, and easily accessible. We went in April and it was not crowded at all, but I expect that by late May, it might become a hot, crowded place to be.

We hiked Mesa Arch Loop and Grand Viewpoint Trail, two excellent hikes, the first about 20 minutes, the second about an hour. The scenery is incredible
Written April 25, 2024
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Michael M
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
The place was amazing! The price to go into the start park is very reasonable also. The views are breathtaking. I hiked an ancient riverbed and went up to the famous Arch several miles hike up another mountain. There are overlooks to take pictures along the road and beautiful scenery. Moab restaurants and gift shops are great, and the staffs are all very helpful and friendly. Prices are very reasonable everywhere.
Written April 10, 2024
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tbwright
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We only went to the Island in the Sky section of this park. Due to the deep canyons on each side, it really does feel like you are driving on an island in the sky. The rock formations are interesting but not as colorful as those in other national parks in the area.
Written April 5, 2024
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Selena F
Salt Lake City, UT78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Canyonland NP has challenging hikes. But we enjoyed our hike, from mesa arch to the needles every corner reveals a new marvel. Don’t miss it!
Written April 5, 2024
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Napsterthecat
Huntsville, AL1,330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Stunning view. Must see if in southern Utah. We went in the Island in the Sky entrance because we wanted to hike to Mesa Arch. Lots of things to see, pull offs and parking areas.
Written March 27, 2024
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EvergreenCOmom
Evergreen, CO388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We’d been meaning to stop by Canyonlands our last couple of times in Moab. So glad we did! It really is very easy driving right out to Canyonlands and Dead Horse from town. I don’t have anything really different from what others reported- that it’s lovely being able to visit a less crowded park and Island in the Sky is a great way to get to know the park. You immediately see how you’d want to spend multiple days getting to different districts! Visitor’s Center was very easy to park, rangers were of course very helpful with info, and there are basic exhibits about geologic formations, ancient peoples, animals, etc. The 3D map is so helpful in explaining the different districts. There’s also the gorgeous overlook literally right there, so of course took advantage of photo opps right away. Like so many people mentioned, the drive to get to short yet incredibly scenic hikes is very simple. It was the perfect afternoon with 3 kids. We had the cooler in the trunk for exacting lunch along the way, fun looking for lizards, awesome hikes, and wonderful photos. I feel like it’s rare that such an enriching national park experience is so easy and can be accomplished in just 3-4 hours!
Written March 22, 2024
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Lisa V
San Diego, CA91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Canyonlands has three distinct areas: Island in the Sky, the Maze, and Needles. Today we toured and hiked Island in the Sky.
Drive north on 191 to the Canyonlands turnoff on the west side of 191. At this intersection there is a fun stop for children; I don't know exactly what is entailed but I can say there are several wonderful dinosaur sculptures on the grounds.
Drive about 20 miles with scenic vistas on either side of the road. Watch for cows...this is open range which means the cows are on a walkabout.
There's a short hike at the Visitor Center, pay your fee and get a brochure. A short ways in is the Maze hike and overlook. Short, easy for anyone including wheelchair accessible.
All of the hikes are rated online and in the handout given at the entrance. We choose Grandview; one of our party has bad knees so we need easy trails. A two mile trail it was easily accomplished and the views were fantastic.
Drove the entirety of the road system available to our Toyota Highlander. We had started our trip at 7:15 am and we returned to Moab by 2 for any early dinner before heading out to the La Sal scenic byway.
Written March 14, 2024
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