Canyonlands National Park Utah USA

The most convenient of Canyonlands’ three visitor districts is Island-in-the-Sky, which sits atop a mesa thirty miles from Moab.

Known for its sheer cliffs and sweeping views of the Colorado Plateau, this is the district to visit if you’re short on time. A short walk leads to the park’s most iconic formation: Mesa Arch. This delicate span frames the Washerwoman formation and the Monster Spire from its precarious perch on the mesa’s rim. The nearby Grand View Trail ends at an expansive and slightly terrifying view of the region from atop sheer cliffs. You can leave the crowds behind in the more remote Needle District, named for its sandstone spires. White water rafting trips, which start north of Moab, barrel through Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River on multi-day trips from spring through fall.

Utah's national parks

Road trips through red rock country

Canyonlands National Park Tours


Cataract Canyon Express

2 Day Whitewater Rafting in Cataract Canyon

2 daysFrom $795

Utah Rafting Westwater Multisport

Westwater Canyon Rafting & Multisport Trip

4 daysFrom $725

Arches & Canyonlands 4X4

1 day guided tour

1 daysFrom $188
East Coast, Maine, Virginia (and 15 more)

US RV Rentals

Thousands of RVs across the US

daysFrom $49
Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Utah

Southwest National Parks

Explore canyons and lakes by foot and boat

7 daysFrom $7,990

Canyonlands National Park Travel Companies

Western USA

Western River Expeditions

Best Whitewater Rafting Vacations in the West

Why Horizon Guides?

Impartial guidebooks

Impartial travel guides

Our guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for impartial travel advice.

Expert itineraries

Expert itineraries

Suggested itineraries and routes to help you scratch beneath the surface, avoid the tourist traps, and plan an authentic, responsible and enjoyable journey.

Specialist advice

Specialist advice

Get friendly, expert travel advice and custom itineraries from some of the world's best tour operators, with no spam, pressure or commitment to book.