Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park
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  • Lynnette27
    Elk Grove Village, Illinois231 contributions
    Canyonlands- less crowded park. Get there early to be sure.
    We loved Canyonlands. Found it less crowded then the other National Parks in Utah. We went to both the south and north entrance and hiked most of the trails. Got there at sunrise for some beautiful pictures. The one thing I would warn you is the elevation. We were not expecting snow and could't do the trails because we were in a blizzard so changed and went to Arches and returned the following day. Watch the weather. Follow the cairns on the trail and maybe use your compass to see where your car is. We didn't have any cell phone coverage in the park so were glad to have brought maps. I would go again! There are trails I thought I couldn't handle but we did them! We were there Oct 21 but they didn't have that as an option here.
    Visited October 2022
    Written March 1, 2023
  • Marcia W
    5 contributions
    Mesa Arch Sunrise
    We got up super early to be at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands for sunrise. Kevin Walker was our guide. It was so worth getting up early for! Of course, we were not the only people there. I was surprised to see the reflection under the arch as the sun came up.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Paul F
    100 contributions
    Wonderful to enjoy
    I went here back in 2017 and had a nice overnight in the Willow Flats Campground to enjoy a good nights sleep on the picnic table. The views of the Sunrise Mesa Ridge was a classic view along with Whale rock and other areas. It feels like home.
    Visited August 2022
    Written April 19, 2023
  • kht53
    Colorado Springs, Colorado348 contributions
    Canyonlands, Island in the Sky
    We camped in Moab to visit Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. That means we visited only one of the three separate regions of Canyonlands, Island in the Sky, because that entrance is close by Moab. The entrance to the Needles area is 2 hours away. This is a beautiful drive-through, with limited parking for vast canyon overlooks and pit toilet stops. You can see the whole Island in the Sky section of the Canyonlands as a drive-through with limited parking and hiking and taking pictures in 4 hours, as it's about 12 miles from the entry gate to Grand View or to Upheaval Dome, both at the ends of the one road that forks at about the 6 mile point. There is a nice Visitor Center with a film about the area. Especially beautiful were the Shafer Canyon Overlook, Buck Canyon Overlook, and Green River Overlook. There's a long drive in on Hwy 313 before you actually reach the gate with an overlook to see the Monitor and Merrimac huge formations and distant snow capped peaks, a road along which a lot of mountain bikers are having fun, some on the road but most on trails. April 28, 2023, temps rose to 76 and sunny, 55 overnight, with parking along the edges outside official parking lots at all pull-offs.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Deborah K
    Carbondale, Colorado88 contributions
    Grip camping
    We were at the group campsite with 18 friends and hiked right from camp 4 days.Peakaboo trail was new to me and very excellent. Chesler Park is an old favorite. Good luck with camp ground host!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2023
  • dotravels
    Michigan531 contributions
    Worth the drive
    We stayed in Moab to visit both Arches and Canyonlands. Canyonlands doesn't have the same wow factor of amazing sights everywhere you look, but definitely worth the visit. Our time was limited so we only went to Island in the Sky. We drove the scenic road and stopped along the way. Green River Overlook and Grand Viewpoint were very interesting to see.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 18, 2023
  • Lauraly B
    United States23 contributions
    Unique park
    Canyonlands National Park is an interesting place to visit. It is unique in that the park is divided into three sections by the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers. I recommend hiking to Upheaval Dome and stopping at the overlooks. The area reminds me of the Grand Canyon but on a much smaller scale.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2023
  • toohip
    104 contributions
    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, Australia270 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Kurt H
    Salt Lake City, Utah439 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written June 8, 2023
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Mike S
Kansas City, MO86 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited the Island in the Sky area first. We hiked the .6 mile Mesa Arch trail. Stunning views on an easy trail (worth the time). Next hike was the 1.8 mile Grand View Point overlook - views of the canyon were great. Our next hike was the 3.4 mile Murphy Point Trail Corral- Nice views. Next we did the .8 mile Whale Rock hike- fun with nice views but steep in areas. We also did the Buck Canyon overlook and watched the cars below on the unpaved road. This park was worth the trip and time!
Written January 22, 2024
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MikeJennyQ
Onalaska, WI985 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Another of the national park treasures! One of the big four in this area. Much quieter and less traffic. Lots of stops and place to get great photos. Some steep diving and we did not go far from the road to see a lot.
Written January 20, 2024
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Stella M
Woodland Park, CO90 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great views with explanations on signage. Visitor's centers had much information on the history of the area and how things formed. There are 3 different areas of Canyon lands so be ready for some distance driving. Each area is different and very interesting.
Written January 13, 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN2,315 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Canyonlands doesn't get as much press as its nearby cousin Arches and that's a shame as it's really quite a wonderful park. One thing to know is that Canyonlands is absolutely massive and has 3 distinct districts: Island in the Sky, Needles, and Maze. The Island in the Sky is the most popular district (it's the one we visited) and it's easily accessibly from Moab. The views here are absolutely amazing and it's easy to just stand and marvel at the majestic scenery in front of you. Mesa Arch in particular is an amazing stop and the hikes here are most short and sweet (this is a part of the park where you drive around more than hike). I would suggest leaving a full day to drive around the Island in the Sun district to really take everything in and not feel rushed. It's a fantastic park and one you should definitely visit!
Written December 13, 2023
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KayakDC
Washington DC, DC216 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Wow. Canyonlands is just amazing. We spent one day in the Islands in the Sky district then a second day I. The Needles district. We hesitated about the latter, but we’re so glad we did.

Both sections afford wonderful vistas, even from the car. We did lots of short hikes and a couple of the longer ones. Of them all, the 2.5 mile Sliprock trail in the Needles district stands out for its beauty and the fun of the Sliprock itself. One of us is in her seventies; the other in her eighties. But Sliprock was accessible for both.

Drove from Moab is beautiful in its own right, especially the section that goes through Bears Ears. Don’t miss this park—especially the Needles section. NO PEOPLE this time of year.
Written November 14, 2023
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njoireading247
Johns Creek, GA340 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This definitely different from The Arches; you are in the car more and the hikes are much harder except for a couple "walks" to vantage points. The area is quite large but if you are not there for a day hike or camping you can see almost everything in a few hours. Facilities are sparse and you need to bring your own water and food.
Written November 2, 2023
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1xPlor
World63 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
Absolutely heaven on earth. I visited on the winter and on the right moment when its snowing. The whole place covered in white snow and foggy everywhere. There were no much people, seem like everyone rushed to get out of here before heavy snow but i decided to stay overnight. I was scared for the first 5 minutes but the beauty, strength and spirit of this park took away my worrisome. After that I just enjoyed every second. I could say this is the most incredible view of one of the earth's spectacular wonders! You can drive right up to most of the view points seeing the scenic sights or have potions for a short hiking like Mesa Arch( 0.5 miles = 30 minutes), White Rim Overlook( 1.8 miles = 1.5 hours), Grand View Point( 2 miles = 1.5 hours), Grand View Point( 3.6 miles = 2 hours). Oh, there's nowhere to buy anything so you have to bring in what you need, but don't litter the park!
Written October 30, 2023
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AmeliavdBerg
Auckland, New Zealand497 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Canyon lands in Moab is amazing , it’s absolutely stunning . The scenery , is breathtaking . Road Are in perfect condition, restrooms are plentiful , Do take snacks and water as there is no shops and it gets very hot
Written October 30, 2023
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jrzj42
Ellicott City, MD1,555 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Spectacular national park located just outside the town of Moab Utah. Every view is equal to or better than the previous. Even better to come back late at night to see the Milky Way. To get into the park, I drove the Shafer Trail out of Moab via Potash road. The drive (you really need a high clearance vehicle, like a Jeep or pickup truck, to be on the Shafer trail) provided an additional experience of being in a part of the canyon, instead of looking down in it. Spend the time to drive the 12 miles beyond the visitors center out to Grand View Point Overlook for an expansive view of Canyonlands. If you have a high-clearance vehicle, take Long Canyon road back into Moab. Both Shafer and Long Canyon roads are easy, low technical roads. Enjoy!!!
Written October 22, 2023
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Cryptic_Tourist
Saint Louis, MO742 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
So I’ll be honest guys, whenever I was researching the Mighty Five this park was the one I was least excited for. But! It’s truly stunning. My group loved this park and the many great lookouts and pull offs, which is really great for people with mobility issues. We did hike the Mesa Arch trail later in the day and there was people, but way less than first thing in the morning. It’s a beautiful place! The visitor center is small and only has pit toilets. We got there first thing in the morning and had no wait to get in, but by about 10:00 AM there was quite the line to get into the park. Do not skip this one!
Written October 21, 2023
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