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Arches and Canyonlands National Park: Self-Driving Tours

4.4 / 5

22 reviews

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Arches and Canyonlands National Park: Self-Driving Tours

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 15 per person

See the strange, the beautiful, and the unforgettable with self-guided driving tours of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Discover a spectacular variety of rock formations at your own pace.

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Valid 365 days
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Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the stunning red desert of Canyonlands National Park
  • Get up close and personal with world-famous landmarks like the Delicate Arch
  • Learn about the ancient Paiute mythology of the arches
  • Explore both parks at your own pace on a self-guided tour
  • Don’t miss a single hike, overlook point, or must-see landmark
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Self-guided tour through the Action Tour Guide app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Offline functionality
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at Arches National Park Visitor Center, Moab, UT 84532, USA. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Charged Smartphone
  • Your own vehicle
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map
  • This is not an entry ticket
  • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
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Had some confusion regarding the download but was ultimately able to resolve. The guide provided interesting additional detail to our visit. Automatic GPS tie in to start each snippet was a little buggy and would repeat sections while proceeding around minor loops in site parking areas, Still, I would recommend this program to anyone visiting Arches.

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June 20, 2022

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.

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April 19, 2022

When the app worked it was very informative. Therein lies the problem. We could not get anything to work on the Canyon Lands material. We went to that park the day after Arches and nothing we did could get it to even load. The instructions need trouble more detailed.

September 10, 2022

Product ID: 414865