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White Rim Trail: Our most recommended tours and activities

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. 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.

Arches and Canyonlands National Park: Self-Driving Tours

3. 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.

Moab: Guided Full Moon Hike

4. Moab: Guided Full Moon Hike

On this full moon hike, admire the landscape and unique rock formations, illuminated by the glow of the moon. Gaze up to the sky as your guide points out satellites, planets, and constellations. When the full moon comes around each month, it provides enough light to read a newspaper near midnight. The canyons and arches take on a mysterious white glow as the landscape is illuminated in a different way. This easy to moderate hike provides a great opportunity to admire the stars. As you look up at the night sky, your guide, with the help of a laser pointer, will show you the different satellites, planets, and constellations that can be seen at this time.

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.

Canyonlands and Arches National Park: Scenic Airplane Flight

6. Canyonlands and Arches National Park: Scenic Airplane Flight

Soar from the Canyonlands Field Airport in Moab over the scenic Arches National Park and the Canyonlands. Make the most of your time by visiting both parks on this scenic flight. Fly with the only operator certified to offer scenic flights over these iconic attractions.  Meet your pilot at the airport and feel the thrill of taking off. Discover the vast geologic diversity, which attracts scientists from around the world, from a bird’s eye view. Get more of a thorough overview of eons of geologic history on this flight than you might obtain from years of hiking. Capture the moments with stunning aerial photography.  Expereince these parks comprehensively and comfortably. Gain access to the remote restricted districts of Canyonlands and bypass the lines and crowds in Arches National Park. 

Moab: Calm Water Cruise in Inflatable Boat on Colorado River

7. 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 Calm Water Cruise

8. From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Calm Water Cruise

Combine two must-do activities in one full-day tour. Start your with pickup in Moab, then enjoy an adventurous 4x4 drive through the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. Explore backcountry sites that many tourists miss. Travel a portion of the White Rim Trail, and make your way up switchbacks of the famous Shaffer Trail.  There will be numerous stops with excellent photo opportunities, including views of the remote Musselman Arch, and sweeping vistas from the top of the mesa. Towards the end of your 4x4 tour, drive down to the river banks, where you'll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Spend a relaxing afternoon on the calm waters of the Colorado River in a beautiful area called Meander Canyon. Enjoy views of the national park from the river, explore a natural stone alcove called the Grotto, and visit a petrified forest where entire trees are exposed. Cruise back up stream to the vehicles, and drive back to Moab where your tour ends.

Moab: Canyons and Geology Airplane Trip

9. Moab: Canyons and Geology Airplane Trip

Clamber onboard a flight to remember and marvel at dramatic geological features. Benefit from informative commentary as you witness the dramatic landscape of the Moab area in a unique way. Fly east from Moab to the famous canyons of Gateway, Colorado. See the Colorado River and side canyons including Grandstaff Canyon, Morning Glory Arch, Castle Valley, and Professor Valleys. Encounter the Fisher Towers and exposures of the Paradox Formation. Swing over to the Dolores River Canyon to see the cliffs, canyons, and mesas that have been home to generations of ancient and modern Native Americans. Approach the La Sal Mountains and see the changes in vegetation as you catch distant views of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Learn all about the geological features as you head back towards canyon country with a bird's eye view of the Mi Vida uranium mine. Enjoy sights of the Canyonlands National Park, Needles District, the Confluence, and Island in the Sky before returning back to land.

Moab: Canyonlands National Park 4x4 White Rim Tour

10. Moab: Canyonlands National Park 4x4 White Rim Tour

See the best sights of the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park and experience the famous White Rim 4x4 Trail. Your excursion starts from your accommodation in Moab with a professional and knowledgeable tour guide. Travel alongside the Colorado River as you gain elevation and make your way toward Canyonlands National Park. Before reaching the park boundary, you'll make several stops, including pristine rock art panels, overlooks of the Colorado River Canyon, and wide sweeping vistas. Once you reach the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park and the White Rim Trail, stop again and enjoy a short hike to one of the many backcountry arches that the park has to offer, including the unique Musselman Arch.   Continue your trek along the White Rim and down Lathrop Canyon, a side route that will lead to the riverside oasis, where you'll enjoy a buffet-style picnic lunch prepared by your guide. There are several optional hike options throughout the day. On your way back to Moab, your 4x4 vehicle will climb up the famous Shafer Trail that will take you up to the mesa top for one more stunning view.  

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What people are saying about White Rim Trail

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 263 reviews

The full moon hike was a wonderful and unique experience. Our guide, Travis was awesome-knowledgeable, patient and great with my kids barrage of questions. The hike itself was beautiful, a much different pace from the more crowded morning hikes in the area.

Bronson was an outstanding guide for the 4x4 part of our trip! There is no way we would have enjoyed as much of the canyonlands without him. Chance was our river guide. He was so knowledgeable! Definitely worth the money!

Very knowledgeable guide and great tour. The duration of the tour is perfect to take it easy and not have to rush.

Both auto guides were extremely informing à were synced with each point of interest.

Best money ever spent. Arches and Canyonland narrated, can’t be beat