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Arches and Canyonlands National Park: Self-Driving Tours

1. Arches and Canyonlands National Park: Self-Driving Tours

Discover Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with self-guided driving tours on your phone. Admire stunning vistas, rock formations, and scenic hiking trails on a tour developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Arches National Park Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin with an adventure into Arches National Park, starting at the visitor center. As you set out, pass the towering formation of the Three Penguins and the geological Moab Fault, offering a fantastic hiking trail. See the iconic Three Gossips and the towering series of formations that form the Courthouse Towers and Sheep Rock. Witness the strangely beautiful petrified dunes while learning about the native Paiute and their legends. Reach the famous Balanced Rock formation, followed quickly by the two most popular stops: the Windows Arches and Double Arch. You’ll make your way to Delicate Arch, the unrivaled highlight of this park. You can also check out the historic Wolfe Ranch and some ancient tribal petroglyphs. Your journey continues through the unique Salt Valley and to stunning formations like the Fiery Furnace, Sand Dune Arch, Arches Forest, Skyline Arch, and Tapestry Arch. Finally, make your way to the farthest point in the park: the Devil’s Garden. Here, you’ll get to visit the famous Landscape Arch. Canyonlands National Park Next, explore Canyonlands National Park, starting at the Moab Giants museum near the park’s east entrance. Head west into the deep red of the desert, where you’ll find the striking formations of Merrimack and Monitor. Then you’ll arrive at your first major viewpoint: Big Mesa Viewpoint. As you head toward the famous backcountry trail of White Rim Road, learn all about the invisible life which thrives in this seemingly desolate desert. Then, on your way to Basin Overlook, offering great views of the Colorado River, you’ll get the scoop on the uranium king of Canyonland. Next up is Dead Horse State Park, home to a legend spooky enough to suit its name. You’ll then enter the national park itself, where the Island in the Sky Visitor Center will be waiting in case you need a break. Visit Upheaval Dome, the formation of which has stumped geologists for decades. Catch the sunset at one of the nearby overlooks. Finally, you’ll arrive at the immensely popular Grand View Point, where your tour concludes.

From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

2. From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

Take a 4x4 driving tour through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This thrilling adventure includes stops for short hikes and scenic views. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards Canyonlands National Park high atop the Island in the Sky mesa. Descend via the steep switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail and enjoy a brief stop to explore Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans.   Continue through Canyonlands along a portion of the White Rim Trail over to Musselman Arch for incredible views of the Colorado River below. Enjoy a few stops with short hikes. In the afternoon, enter Arches National Park near Doc Williams Point. Climb a steep rock wall and drive across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes.   Pass the famous Tower Arch, the Eye of the Whale Arch, and the Marching Men — a group of 7 towers lined up in one row. Stop for some short walks to enjoy the fresh air and admire the views of the red rocks. Once you have explored both parks you'll be driven back to Moab, with a brief stop to explore dinosaur tracks along the way.

Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands National Park Private 4x4 Tour

3. Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands National Park Private 4x4 Tour

Folks visiting the parks on their own typically only see what is alongside the pavement road ─ this private 4x4 half-day trip will let you explore both the paved sections and backcountry of Canyonlands National Park. Enjoy complimentary snacks and water during your trip. If you’re looking to get the most out of your national park experience in Moab, this adventure tour is just what you're looking for. You’ll discover hidden gems, hear stories, and leave feeling like you missed nothing. Venture through the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky District) alongside a personal guide while on board a 4x4 backcountry vehicle with heat and air-conditioning for a comfortable ride no matter the season. Learn all about the parks, history, and geology of the Moab area as you explore hidden, off-road spots. Your guide will point out arch formations and other towering landscapes along the way. Some of the sights you’ll see include Potash Mine, Shafer Trail, Musselman Arch, Ancient Indian Petroglyphs (Rock Carvings), Thelma and Louise Point, and breathtaking canyon views. Since this is your own private tour experience, you can choose to stop for photos at any point. 

From Moab: 1-Day Horseshoe Canyon Exploration

4. From Moab: 1-Day Horseshoe Canyon Exploration

Start your adventure by being picked up from your accommodation in Moab. Make your way in an air-conditioned vehicle across the Green River Desert to the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park. Experience Utah’s epic landscapes as you travel to Horseshoe Canyon. Once at Horse Shoe Canyon, you’ll explore the heart of Robbers Roost Country. This remote wilderness is where the infamous bank robber Butch Cassidy learned to rustle cattle. The area was also a favorite hide-out among the outlaws of the old west, including the Wild Bunch. See the canyon's striking rock formations. Relax and enjoy a picnic lunch at the western rim of Horseshoe Canyon. Afterward, take a 7-mile hike down into the canyon. See the Great Gallery and marvel at the paintings which adorn the sides of the canyon. These life-size paintings of human figures were created between 400 AD and 1100 AD by the Desert Archaic culture, a nomadic group of hunter-gatherers. After admiring the centuries-old paintings, climb back up to your vehicle and return to Moab.

Utah: Private 2-Day Arches & Canyonlands National Park Tour

5. Utah: Private 2-Day Arches & Canyonlands National Park Tour

Spend two glorious days exploring the major attractions of the Arches and Canyonlands National Park, two must-sees for anyone visiting Utah. With your pre-booked accommodation and the expertise of your local guide, this 2-day adventure will be a convenient and memorable outing for you and your group. On the first day of your tour, become acquainted with the splendour of Arches National park, a rugged scenic landscape boasting unique red rock formations. Arches National Park claims over 2,000 arches, the largest concentration of natural arches in the world. Get to enjoy a 28.9 km winding drive through the parks beautiful vistas. Stop at many of the overlooks and roadside stops for those wanting a relaxed experience. There are also easy to moderate hiking trails for those who like to explore. On day two, visit the stunning Canyonlands National Park and marvel at the towering cliffs and deep canyons. Take short walks to overlooks and drive along the scenic roadway so you can see much of the park. Feel free to choose an optional short, moderate hike that leads to Mesa Arch, an unassuming arch whose fame is not for its size but it's placement as it clings to the cliff edge and picture frames an expanse that can be seen for 30 miles. Spend your evenings enjoying the desert in an intimate way as you discover remote canyons, seek out prehistoric dinosaur tracks, visit ancient rock art panels, watch the sunset from a clifftop overlook, or see the stars in a certified dark sky park.

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What people are saying about Horseshoe Canyon

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The guide itself was really good. I’m glad we used it because we surely would have missed things. We were unable to hike due to weather and physical issues so it enriched our experience. However, the instructions on how to use it were unclear and I was quite frustrated getting started. I called for help and got what we needed but better and more user friendly information would have made for a better experience.