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From Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour

1. From Moab: Half-Day Canyonlands Island in the Sky 4x4 Tour

Discover the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park on this exciting half-day tour by 4x4 vehicle. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards the national park, meandering alongside the river. Stop outside the park boundary to explore ancient Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans. Continue to the jeep trail that leads up to the Island in the Sky district. Along the way, you'll stop at vistas such as Fossil Point and Musselman Arch. See the remarkable Gooseneck Overlook and travel along a section of the White Rim trail. Wind up the switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail, and enjoy one last look out over the park before driving back to Moab.

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. Keep your energy up along the way with a refreshing picnic lunch. 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. Stop at Devils Garden for a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, 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.

Arches and Canyonlands National Park: In-App Audio Guides

3. Arches and Canyonlands National Park: In-App Audio Guides

Discover Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with interactive guides on your phone. Admire stunning vistas, rock formations, and scenic hiking trails with an app 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 audio guide and map all in one. NOTE: This 68+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of the Arches & Canyonlands Bundle in 5-6 hours. 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 guide concludes. Don’t miss a thing with full itinerary, travel tips, and professionally narrated audio. Start when you want with the option to begin where there is less of a crowd, stop to take pictures, break for hikes, or go for lunch. Take the tour again with an app that is valid for life.

Moab: Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River

4. Moab: Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River

Experience the Colorado River as you float down some of the most incredible scenery the U.S. has to offer. Glide south of the Moab Valley, where the water is calm, as you take in the majestic sights of Meander Canyon, located in the Canyonlands.   You'll ride in a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) on a half-day scenic tour. Enjoy this small group tour for a relaxed atmosphere, as you make your way through the canyon. Enjoy either morning or afternoon options. Glide under Dead Horse Point and see Native American art and ruins along the way. Hop off the boat for a short walk to see an ancient petrified forest. Take in incredible views of Canyonlands, as you float past the Goose Neck of the Colorado, before completing your tour.

From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

5. From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

Start your full-day tour with a pickup from your hotel in Moab. Drive to the stunning Canyonlands National Park, and spend the morning exploring the remote areas of the Island in the Sky district of the park in a 4x4 vehicle. Follow the White Rim Trail, and drive along the narrow switchbacks of the Shafer Trail. See incredible rock and fossil formations, and stop along the way for photos opportunities. After your driving tour, enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Colorado River. Admire majestic views of the river and the surrounding canyons. Finish your tour with an adrenaline-filled rafting trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River. Enjoy some whitewater fun, accompanied by professional river guides. At the end of your rafting experience, relax on the beach as your guides prepare for the short drive back to Moab, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

Utah: Mighty 5 National Parks Self-Driving Audio Tour

6. Utah: Mighty 5 National Parks Self-Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: In this bundle, each tour is 50+ mile-long and takes 2-3 hours to complete. Grab this bundle that includes 5 self-guided tours of Utah's national parks. Take the ultimate road trip through this line of natural reserves in southern Utah. Pick and choose where you start and appreciate the beauty of the American West. Find Arches National Park with excellent views of the towering Three Penguins, Three Gossips, and Courthouse Towers. Take in these immense rock formations and the one-of-a-kind scenery. Cross the scorched landscape and hear tales of the Ute and Paiute tribes that once lived in the area. Capture the impossibly-suspended Balanced Rock and move on to the park's namesake the Windows Arches and the Double Arch that was featured in the filming of Indiana Jones. Marvel at the most-photographed Delicate Arch, standing proudly without any support. Take the chance to see the hoodoos that make Bryce Canyon famous. Ponder these strange and looming pillars that make the park feel like another world. Visit stunning overlooks, including Sunrise and Inspiration Point. Go further and hike into the canyon to witness the coolest natural scenery. Continue to the Canyonlands and find some of the most striking, classically Western landscapes. Drive through shocking shades of red rock and attention-grabbing mesas. Learn all about how erosion sculpted these wonders and grab your camera at Plateau Viewpoint. Discover Capitol Reef, home to remnants of one of the oldest and most remote pioneer towns in America, Fruita. Learn how the town was nestled within the red rocks and deceptively complex walls displaying hundreds of millions of years of geologic history. Save the best for last with Zion. View enormous rocky fortresses, lush river valleys, death-defying hikes along windswept cliffs, and much more. Get the perfect balance of desert oasis, surprising history, and unforgettable views with this famous national park.

Moab: Canyonlands National Park Morning or Sunset Plane Tour

7. Moab: Canyonlands National Park Morning or Sunset Plane Tour

This spectacular daytime flight will carry you above the fantastic scenery of the northern district of the Canyonlands National Park, known as the Island in the Sky. Majestic 1,000-foot high cliffs rise above the Colorado and Green Rivers, which border it on either side. Serpentine drainage systems are carved into the terrain below the cliffs. Upheaval Dome can be seen at its northern end, the confluence of the two rivers form the district’s southernmost point.  Then, continue to Needles District, the most fanciful and colorful portions of Canyonlands. Pink and white bands can be seen in its many spires and cliffs. It is the home of some of the most remote and famous arches of canyon country. Difficult to reach by hiking and extremely beautiful, Angel Arch and Druid Arches are the best-known landmarks in Canyonlands. Elephant Arch, Kirk Arch, Wedding Ring Arch, and Castle Arch, hidden away in the backcountry, are also included in this one-of-a-kind scenic flight tour.  Hiking to these arches would take several multi-day permitted visits and are beyond the physical reach of many of us. On this flight, you will see them all, jewels among the many wondrous features of this national park. Unlike hikers, you will see their magnificent surroundings from a bird’s-eye view, in the vastness of this remarkable portion of this gorgeous earth. A unique and very special opportunity awaits you on this exclusive flight through the remote arches of Canyonlands.

Utah: The Grand Circle Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

8. Utah: The Grand Circle Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

Start any of your tours by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Note: This 1000+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Grand Circle in 2-3 hours. This bundle includes tours of all these locations: • Arches • Canyonlands • Capitol Reef • Bryce • Zion • Grand Staircase-Escalante • Horseshoe Bend & Page • Grand Canyon • Monument Valley Explore gravity-defying formations in Arches, where the laws of physics don’t seem to apply. Learn how these bizarre landmarks formed, what significance they held for the tribes who lived here long ago, and much more. Discover beautiful Canyonlands, where countless canyons criss-cross a landscape of stunning red desert. Take in breathtaking vistas, catch a truly unforgettable sunset, and learn about the mysterious curse which supposedly afflicts anyone who defaces the canyon walls. Find what remains of an old pioneer town in Capitol Reef, a land of dramatic contrasts. Explore harsh desert and lush orchards, historic structures and apparent wasteland, and so much more in a park like no other. Unearth the legends behind the towering hoodoos which dominate Bryce Canyon. Find out how these strange formations came to be and get to know the tribes who once lived in their long shadows. And don’t forget to linger at the many incredible vistas while you’re here! Walk in the shadow of immense rocky cliffs on your visit to Zion. Experience this lush oasis, draped in greenery and dominated by breathtaking rock formations. Try your hand at the world-famous trail The Narrows. And find out why the Mormons thought this place might just be heaven on Earth. Glimpse the hidden secrets of Grand Staircase-Escalante, home to sweeping views, secluded waterfalls, and even a petrified forest! As you drive, you’ll also learn about the dinosaur fossils which have been found here over the years. Witness the unique site where the mighty Colorado River was tamed by the landscape at Horseshoe Bend. This sharp U-turn in the river is Instagram-famous for a reason, offering dramatic canyon views and an up-close look at the river from 1,000 feet up. Plus, get a bonus tour through the tiny town of Page, which hides plenty of additional scenery. Stand at the precipice of one of the natural wonders of the world with your tour of the Grand Canyon. Stroll along the canyon rim, hike breathtaking trails, and discover how such a dramatic landscape formed in the first place. Experience the quintessential American West landscape at Monument Valley. Cruise among the valley’s towering mesas and hear about its Hollywood history. You’ll also get familiar with the Navajo people who still control this land and discover its significance to their tribe. Put simply: The Grand Circle is a road trip you’ll never forget!

Canyonlands National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

9. Canyonlands National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your gateway to the rugged and majestic landscapes of Canyonlands National Park. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through a vast and untamed wilderness that offers stunning vistas, deep canyons, towering mesas, and ancient rock formations. As you explore Canyonlands National Park with the Shaka Guide app, get ready to be immersed in the park's rich geological history and captivating natural wonders. The app will provide informative and engaging audio commentary, revealing the forces of nature that shaped this remarkable landscape over millions of years. Discover the park's distinct districts, each offering its own unique charm and scenic beauty. The app will guide you through the Island in the Sky district, the most accessible and popular section of the park. Here, you'll encounter mesmerizing overlooks, such as Mesa Arch, Green River Overlook, and Grand View Point, offering breathtaking panoramas of the canyons below. As you drive along the park's scenic roads, the Shaka Guide app will highlight noteworthy points of interest and share intriguing stories about the ancient Native American cultures that once thrived in the area. Learn about the ancestral Puebloans who left their mark through petroglyphs and ruins, adding to the cultural richness of Canyonlands. Explore the park's expansive network of trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. Discover trails like the Mesa Arch Trail, Upheaval Dome Trail, and the iconic Needles District trails, each offering unique perspectives on the park's awe-inspiring landscapes. Immerse yourself in the solitude and tranquility of Canyonlands National Park as you venture into its remote corners. The Shaka Guide app will provide guidance and insights as you explore the park's hidden gems, such as the White Rim Road or the Maze District, offering an adventurous escape into a wild and untamed landscape. Capture the stunning beauty of Canyonlands National Park with your camera as the app points out ideal photography spots and provides tips for capturing the perfect shot. From sunrise to sunset, the changing light bathes the canyons in a kaleidoscope of colors, creating a photographer's paradise. Some exciting things to do on the tour: Panoramic views of the deep canyons, towering mesas, and rugged landscapes that define Canyonlands. Hit the trails to truly immerse yourself in the park's beauty. Embark on a thrilling off-road adventure along the White Rim Road or the Shafer Trail. Witness the wonder of the night sky in this remote and peaceful setting. Take a break and enjoy a picnic at one of the park's designated picnic areas. With the Shaka Guide app as your knowledgeable companion, your visit to Canyonlands National Park will be enriched by fascinating facts, geological insights, and engaging stories. So, grab your phone, and get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through the untamed landscapes of Canyonlands National Park.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, & Zion 4-Day Tour

10. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, & Zion 4-Day Tour

• Day 1 Las Vegas - Zion National Park - Bryce Canyon National Park Tour duration: Bryce Canyon National Park - 1-2 hours Zion National Park - 1-2 hours Hotel: A boutique hotel in town • Day 2 Bryce Canyon National Park - Arches National Park - Monument Valley Tour duration: Monument Valley - 1-2 hours(Optional helicopter or small plane) Arches National Park - 1-2 hours Hotel: A boutique hotel in town • Day 3 Antelope Canyon - Horseshoe Bend - Lake Powell Tour duration: Antelope Canyon - About 70 minutes Lake Powell - 30 minutes Horseshoe Bend - 1 hour Friendly reminder: Tripods or monopods are not allowed in Antelope Canyon. Recommended to bring: camera, mineral water, comfortable sports shoes, sunscreen, sun hat. Optional activities: Antelope Canyon Boat Tour (optional kayaking, motorboat, yacht), Aerial view of Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Glen Dam Hotel: A boutique hotel in town • Day 4 Antelope Canyon - Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas Tour duration: Grand Canyon: 2-3 hours Optional Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour: 0.5 hours The itinerary ends. We will drop off guests at the pick-up locations in Las Vegas.

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My wife and I had the pleasure of experiencing a breathtaking scenic flight tour of the Canyons in a helicopter. What we loved the most was the personalized commentary we received from our professional and experienced helicopter pilot and guide Tracy. And we could ask questions! It's rare talent to find both a skilled pilot AND one who is passionate and knowledgeable about the changing geographic landscapes and formations that we fly over. The helicopter flight was like no other flights that we experienced. The front seat provides an almost 180 degrees view of the front and it feels like flying through the aerial scenes of a sci-fi movie or Top Gun. Experiencing the canyons, rivers and arches from a bird's eye view is nothing like what you experience from witnessing it from a lookout points or hiking on ground level. There were moments we felt completely overwhelmed with wonder and awe at how majestic the landscape was, as our helicopter cut over the cliffs and circled over arches.

Probably the best way to see Canyonlands National Park. Since there are very few roads in the park. Dan the pilot is not only a superb pilot (both me wife and I are pilots) but also very knowledgeable about the area and points out the various features of the park. The airplane we used is really suitable for sightseeing. Large windows and a low cruising speed allows lingering over the park. The only negative would be the lack of leg room. If the plane has lots of empty seats on the flight I would ask if I could sit in the first row aft of the door because of the increased legroom. That request might be denied by the pilot because of weight and balance issues but I would ask. All in all a great experience. I would love to go again.

This was an informative tour that gave us insight about where to stop ahead of time for the great views. Made our drive through Arches National Park very enjoyable and we learned a few things too. Highly recommend!

Very beautiful off road experience. Guide took time for us to take photos and enjoy the vistas

Love these guides! They really enhance the Park experience