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Overview

On this half-day 4WD adventure from Moab, explore the rugged, red stone interior of Canyonlands National Park, where you’ll experience the beauty of the Island in the Sky district and the stunning Gooseneck Overlook. Your professional guide will navigate your vehicle down the switchbacks of White Rim Road, where you will not only see the remains of ancient Pueblo civilizations, but also admire the canyon walls that drop 1,000 feet (300m) down. It’s an easy drive from Moab to Canyonlands, and the views of the meandering Colorado River help cap off this Utah adventure.

  • 4-hour Canyonlands National Park tour by 4WD from Moab
  • Visit the sheer sandstone mesa of Island in the Sky, which stands more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall
  • Stop at scenic lookouts with panoramic views of canyon country
  • Travel the rugged terrain of the Shafer Trail by 4WD
  • See examples of rock art from ancient indigenous Pueblo cultures
  • Choose from a morning, afternoon or sunset tour

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Depending on the time of day you choose to take your tour, there’s the chance that the canyons could exude a reddish glow, or be bathed in shadows that create stark contrasts against the orange- and red-tinged walls. In other words, there's no bad time to visit.
Your tour begins in the middle of Moab where you’ll meet you professional guide, who will help you get comfortably situated inside of the off-road, 4WD vehicle. Enjoy the 30-mile (48km) drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park, where you’ll explore the popular Island in the Sky District with its spectacular desert scenery.

Start off atop a mesa with views looking out over the horizon before your guide deftly maneuvers the switchbacks of Shafer Trail. On this section of the 100-mile (161-km) White Rim Road Loop, you’ll make stops at spectacular Gooseneck Overlook and famous Musselman Arch, and photograph vistas of the Colorado River and the view from Thelma and Louise Point.

In addition to the popular lookouts, your expert guide will take you to spots that aren’t as frequently visited, where you’ll find everything from ancient Pueblo rock art to vertical views down the canyons. You’ll learn the history of the Pueblo people who inhabited the Four Corners area, and aside from the culture and history lessons, your guide will also explain the geology of the red rock canyons before you.

When you stop for a break to take photos, venture out on one of the short trails that leave from many of the viewpoints; you’ll get a different perspective and angle for photographing the canyons.

When this Canyonlands tour from Moab is over, your guide will return you to the middle of Moab to the spot where the tour began.

Reviews

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W
, Jul 2018

I told you I Lisa took us in the back door of Canyon lines along the Colorado River and drove us all the way to the top. She was courteous friendly and amazingly knowledgeable. We would recommend her to any future clients.

D
, Jul 2018

Wonderous trip! If you're vertically challenged be sure to request a step stool to get into your ride vehicle. You will see wondrous vistas on this tour and be amazed at the beauty of Canyonlands. Tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining.

J
, Apr 2018

Our off road tour of Canyonlands with Lolly as our guide was amazing! She is a most knowledgable guide who took time to make certain we saw and appreciated the many unique features and history of this spellbinding park. Lolly made us feel comfortable asking all of our questions, entertained us with stories and tales and gave us all of the time we needed to explore. We could not have asked for anything more.

F
, Mar 2018

The trip to Canyonlands National Park was an awesome experience. Not being too familiar with Canyonlands we were both surprised and amazed with the beauty of the park. Our guide Tony provided wonderful insight into the park, while being an excellent driver also. Our safety and comfort was his primary objective, besides showing us the wonders of the park. We would do it again and ask for Tony.

J
, Oct 2017

Great tour, the only way to see Canyonlands. Our tour director, Doug, was very knowledgeable and a good driver.

M
, Oct 2017

This was a very thrilling ride -- just enough thrill. One of our riders was extremely afraid of heights but ventured on the tour any way. While riding the White pass in Canyonlands National park, our tour guide paid close attention to her throughout that part of the journey because of the closeness to the cliffs. She was exhilarated after reaching the top! Our tour guide was informative about the different landscapes we saw and was pleasantly interactive with us.

k
, Oct 2017

We traveled with 1 other couple and our guide/driver Buzz. Very comfortable way to off road explore a national park. The tour was advertised as a 4 hour tour, but Buzz kept us out exploring for nearly 5.5 hours. He is a self taught geologist and was absolutely fascinating. His knowledge and willingness to share was completely engaging. The region is amazing, made even more so by somebody as well versed in the geology and history. I highly recommend this tour--particularly if you can get Buzz as your guide.

E
, Oct 2017

We planned a trip to Moab and Canyonlands some months ago and decided to try an 'off-road' photo tour. We were not sure how we would like it, but thought it might be the best way to get some unusual and great pics. As it turned out this tour exceeded our fondest expectations. Our guide, Mike, was so knowledgeable and helpful, we not only got some great photos, but learned some much about the traditions, geography and geology. Mike was a very careful and skilled driver and never once did we feel unsafe -- even when we ascended the 'white rim' trail up to Island-in-the Sky! Being somewhat height challenged, I admit some views were somewhat scary for me, but I never regretted going because the view at the top in the Island-in-the-sky was simply breath-taking! We did this at sunset which made it all the more awe inspiring. I will never forget this tour and if and when my wife and I return, we will definitely take another tour. I would like to thank Viator and their complete staff our thanks for a great and unforgettable tour in the backcountry of Canyonlands.

j
, Sep 2017

Beautiful country and this tour gives you a backstage look at the amazing sights hidden from the main road. I also loved the local history that our guide, Mike, provided. A great experience!

K
, Sep 2017

Great tour! Wonderful tour guide,who was very knowledgable. We drove to areas the ordinary visitor will never see. Drove on narrow cliff overlooking beautiful canyous. Indescribably wonderful!


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