Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park
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  • DLP
    New Jersey3,714 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! The Views!
    This National Park had the most amazing views in comparison to Arches which was a short distance away. And the colors!! Canyonland is divided into 3 sections and we visited Island in the Sky. The last stop on the loop road is The Grand view and it is a grand view indeed! Spectacular! There are several pull offs…not many along the road and everyone is worth a stop. We ended our time in the park at the visitor center but you could start it there if you so choose.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • jennifervTRAVELZ
    443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievable views!
    We got lucky and saw Big Horn Sheep, Jackrabbits, Ravens, Chipmunks, Lizards, and Deer. I recommend a 4x4 Rubicon Jeep tour - don't try to navigate these roads and cliffs in a sedan. Adrift Adventures has a great backcountry tour!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Mike F
    Antigo, Wisconsin435 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool! Views!!
    We didn't spend as much time as Arches but I'm sure you could. Views are so incredible and I wish we could've done some hikes. We did the Grand View Point trail which is awesome and really cool hike along the rim, took us(with kids and grandparents) about 2 hours, and my kids climbed all over the whole way. I am excited to explore the rest of this park as we only made it to Island in the Sky section.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Jonathan B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too much for 1 day!
    Arches has arches, and Canyonland has canyons. And an arch and mesa’s and rivers and 4wd roads. Fewer people. Parking almost, but not quite, a problem. We only went to Island in the Sky, only had a day. But filled it with the shorter hikes and views. Almost took the 4wd road down to Green River, but just didn’t have the time. Kinda wish we had focused more on this park, instead of trying to hit all the main Southern Utah parks on this trip. There’s a lot more hiking, camping, exploring, and viewing than we could fit into one day. If we only had 1 day, I’d make sure to go to Arches. If I had a week, I’d go to Arches 1 day, and camp, boat, hike, view, etc the rest at Canyonland.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Traveler12964556680
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    Fabulous views fairly easy hike but be sure to stop many times to soak up the calming energy. Note that several of the steps are taller than normal steps but manageable. Go all the way to the end of the trail for best views.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Lovtorun
    Kansas City, Missouri645 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth exploring both sections
    We explored two major areas here. We arrived at Island in the Sky mid morning on a Wednesday. Somewhat busy, lots of people on the short trails. We were able to park in every trailhead lot and enjoyed several short hikes. Mesa arch, Aztec butte, Whale rock, Upheaval dome, Grandview overlook. All involved some climbing and elevation. All were somewhat busy. On a Friday morning we drove to the Needles area, Elephant hill trailhead and hiked the Chesler park loop 11 miles. Parking area busy at 8:30 but once we started we saw nobody until on the way back. The needles area is amazing. Worth driving from Moab.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Kiara S
    Chester, United Kingdom1,038 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blown away by the vastness and beauty
    I was oblivious to how vast and stunning this landscape is. It can’t be captured in images - I needs to be experienced. The GuideAlong app was invaluable for providing information - best $10 you can spend. Mother Nature is the most miraculous and patient artist. There are no words to adequately describe the grand views.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • Donna B
    Sapphire, North Carolina97 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad we came
    Fabulous views and very helpful guides at the Visitor Center. Although it’s near Arches the topography is totally different. We thought we were traveling off season but it turns out fall is their busiest time. We waited an hour just to get into the park… there was only one person manning the entrance gate. Also the plumbing is primitive …basically just outhouses.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 October 2023
  • RBonTheLake
    York, South Carolina644 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand View Point Overlook is worth the admission! Spectacular views
    Came here after spending the morning at Dead Horse State Park. It’s just down the road (maybe 7-8 miles). Arrived around 11am. Had to wait 15 minutes or so to enter the park (the Island in the Sky District). Went straight to the Grand View Point Overlook – and the name is appropriate. Grand it is! Spectacular views – especially if you take the 2 mile up and back trail from the parking lot. Just awesome. 360 degree views from the end. An easy walk for the most part – you have to climb the rocks at the end. We spent ½ hour or so just sitting at the top. It WAS crowded but not as much as at the parking lot. This is the only stop we did. Mesa Arch was too crowded and since we had hiked 7 miles today already we called it quits.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Cryptic_Tourist
    Saint Louis, Missouri984 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Biggest surprise of the Mighty Five
    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!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 October 2023
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Liddy4253
Chicago, IL29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
After the hour long wait with two toll takers at Arches we headed over to Canyon Lands. Guess what...Canyon Lands only has ONE guy taking entry fees for thousands of people trying to get in. The back up was like two miles. What I call "cigarette traffic"...you can get out of your car and smoke a cigarette and the traffic wouldn't move. (quit smoking 40 years ago) People were going into the bushes to pee. Some got out and walked. Totally ridiculous. What a waste of gas, think of the pollution. The government can't hire more than one dude to take entry fees? It took well over an hour, and I had a free America pass!
Once you get in the place it's beautiful. The three main overlooks are spectacular and worth the time and effort.
Written 28 March 2021
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MichaelLong1963
Colorado Springs, CO350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We really enjoyed Canyonlands but we went to Arches the day before and just enjoyed Arches more. I guess it depends on your taste but we found hiking more enjoyable at Arches while Canyonlands was easier to see because you could enjoy a lot of the sites from the stops along the roads. Our favorite stop and hike was easily "Mesa Arch." The scenic view from this spot is amazing! The hike was short too (about 1 miles roundtrip).

The Visitor Center was open but the store was very small compared to the Visitor Center at Arches. No exhibits were open but I didn't see much anyways. The bathrooms are located outside not attached to the building.

Some of the stops we enjoyed most were "Grand View Point" and "White Rim Overlook." Both stops are easy to see from the short walk from the parking lot.

The cost was $30 per vehicle and it was located more out of the way compared to Arches. ( would guess it was about 25 miles off Highway).
Written 13 October 2020
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ryanwolff
Salt Lake City, UT2 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Friends
The entire state of Utah is overpopulated and the amount of people crammed into already dense cities is only becoming worse.
And then when I want to go camping or hiking to get away from the crowds the density/crowdedness is even worse. No matter what time of the year you go, now you will ALWAYS experience crowds. Going to Moab or anywhere in Southern Utah is a complete joke. Covid-19 really did kill Utah with all of the out or staters who migrated here.
What used to be reality can now only be made up by telling stories of the way Utahs Mother Nature used to be.

Now there are lines everywhere; roads to Ski resorts or hiking trails, zero parking if you don’t leave at 6am to beat the crowds, the lakes, the parks, the crowded roads with CRAZY and impatient drivers.

It’s hard to relax….anywhere.
It’s hard to get away from the crowds—the crowds that are everywhere.
Written 12 April 2023
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Amber M
Columbia, SC393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Canyonlands National Park is another beautiful and breathtaking place to visit in Utah. Our first stop was at the visitor center which has a small museum, helpful staff and a well stocked gift shop. We then headed out into the national park and again another beautiful and breathtaking place. Add this place to your list if you haven't been, you won't be disappointed.
Written 14 January 2020
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Another park that doesn't really need a review, but it is important to note that you see much better views here than at Arches. Arches is pretty much just arches. Canyonlands is amazing with beautiful views even just on the way there. The sky was hazy when I went so my pics from the morning were not as good as pictures I took later in the day.

Got to the visitor center at 9AM and bought a few nice items. The ranger was nice and recommended a trail at the end of the park. It was only a mile, but a LONG mile in the heat. Exhausting and not much shade. However there were incredible views all over the park. Lots of scenic overlooks. No pets are allowed, but when I was there at least two idiots brought their dogs. If you can't follow the rules then don't visit the park. Not that difficult.
Written 28 August 2020
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Di Q
Ripon, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
What an awesome place to see!! You must view it in person to appreciate God's beauty first-hand. This was our first time visiting the south of Utah and I would recommend this adventure to everyone to appreciate the beauty of this state.
Thank you, God, for the experience.
Written 1 July 2020
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Questovia
Wells, ME1,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This park has something for everyone on many different levels. While I really enjoyed the Island in the Sky unit, it was the Needles unit that really captivated me. Just the ride in with the towering walls on either side build the air of excitement. It's all good and offers a great variety of vistas.
Written 17 November 2020
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Mike R.
Brooklyn, NY87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Being in the world of the design I fell in love with the play of depth in this park. I was taken away by the massive voids in the landscape. This park is just beautiful; if it weren't for scorching sun I would stay here hours just sketching, meditating and enjoying the moment above everything. If in Moab please visit this park it really deserves so much more love than it gets. Yet, I guess that's where its beauty lies not having to deal with too many people and just feeling like you have these immense plots of lands for yourself it makes you think how grand the United States is. If you have time definitely experience the off roads and view the canyons from the bottom plateaus rather than just the top. I love it!
Written 19 July 2021
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,835 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Canyonlands National Park is 337,598 acres of what seems to be red sandstone. There are four distinct districts. (1) Island in the Sky which is the most popular and accessible with many overlooks, paved roads, hiking trails and the White Run Road for 4X4 vehicles, (2( The Needles which offers back country experiences, (3) The Maze which is the most remote of all the districts and (4) The Green and Colorado rivers. There are flat water river options and Cataract Canyon offers a white water experience. There are no roads which directly link the four districts. Traveling between districts requires 2-6 hours so most people choose one district to explore at a time. Additionally there are only a few places to cross the Green or Colorado rivers.

Places of interest include: Peekaboo Canyon where you can see rock paintings, Tower Run is where the ancestral Puebloan's built their settlements, Orange Cliffs and Horseshoe Canyon offer amazing geology, Native American Art panels and hiking.

If you go on the Canyonlands National Park website, you can print out their hiking trail maps. This area is primitive and desolate so use all necessary precautions and equip yourself for this adventure. Your phone GPS is not going to work.
Written 22 June 2021
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2012natty
Las Vegas, NV109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Beautiful NP with plenty of scenic overlooks and trails. Hike the Mesa Arch Trail. It’s an easy half mile walk. People were very polite, and lined up to take each other’s photo under the arch. Please watch younger children. I saw one boy run up to the arch and nearly go straight through it! There’s literally nothing on the other side!
You really do feel like you’re driving on top of the world!
Written 7 June 2020
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