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Plan Your Canyonlands National Park Vacation

Canyonlands is truly four parks in one, but the majority of visitors drive through the panoramic vistas of Island in the Sky and barely venture anywhere else. If you’ve come this far, plan a half day to hike around the Needles district and see the park from the bottom up. To truly experience Canyonlands you should also float down the Green and Colorado rivers on a family-friendly rafting trip. (Rapids-lovers can take on the white water in the legendary Cataract Canyon.) The Maze is so remote that its river beds, slot canyons, and stark rock formations are only for the truly hardy.


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Endless vistas The view from the Island in the Sky stretches for miles as you look out over millennia of sculpting by wind and rain.
  2. Seeking solitude Needles, the most interesting part of the park to explore on foot, sees very few visitors, so you'll have it all to yourself.
  3. Radical rides The Cataract Canyon rapids and the White Rim Trail are world-class adventures by boat or bike.
  4. American Indian artifacts View rock art and Ancestral Puebloan dwellings in the park.
  5. Wonderful wilderness Some of the country's most untouched landscapes are within the park’s boundaries, and they're worth the extra effort needed to get there.
  6. The night skies Far away from city lights, Canyonlands is ideal for stargazing.

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When to Go

Gorgeous weather means that spring and fall are most popular for visitors. Canyonlands is seldom crowded, but in the spring backpackers and...

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