Canyonlands National Park

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  • 1. Cave Spring Trail

    Needles | Trail

    One of the best, most interesting trails in the park takes you past a historic cowboy camp, precontact rock art, and great views. Two wooden...Read More

  • 2. Grand View Point Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    This 360-degree view is the main event for many visitors to Island in the Sky. Look down on the deep canyons of the Colorado and Green rivers...Read More

  • 3. Joint Trail

    Needles | Trail

    Part of the Chesler Park Loop, this trail follows a series of deep, narrow fractures in the rock. A shady spot in summer, it will give you good...Read More

  • 4. Mesa Arch Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    If you don't have time for the 2,000 arches in nearby Arches National Park, you should take the easy, ½-mile round-trip walk to Mesa Arch. After...Read More

  • 5. Upheaval Dome Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    This mysterious crater is one of the wonders of Island in the Sky. Some geologists believe it's an eroded salt dome, but others think it was...Read More

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  • 6. Valley of the Gods

    Scenic Drive

    A red fairyland of slender spires and buttes, the Valley of the Gods is a smaller version of Monument Valley. Approximately 15 miles west of...Read More

  • 7. Aztec Butte Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    The highlight of the 2-mile round-trip hike is the chance to see Ancestral Pueblo granaries. The view into Taylor Canyon is also nice. Moderate. ...Read More

  • 8. Cowboy Camp

    Needles | Historic District/Site

    This fascinating stop on the 0.6-mile round-trip Cave Spring Trail is an authentic example of cowboy life more than a century ago. You do not...Read More

  • 9. Green River Overlook

    Island in the Sky | Viewpoint

    From the road it's just 100 yards to this stunning view of the Green River to the south and west. It's not far from Island in the Sky (Willow...Read More

  • 10. Horseshoe Canyon Trail

    Horseshoe Canyon | Trail

    This remote region of the park is accessible by dirt road, and only in good weather. Park at the lip of the canyon and hike 7 miles round trip...Read More

  • 11. Island in the Sky Park Road

    Island in the Sky | Scenic Drive

    This 12-mile-long main road inside the park is bisected by a 5-mile side road to the Upheaval Dome area. To enjoy dramatic views, including...Read More

  • 12. Needles District Park Road

    Needles | Scenic Drive

    You'll feel like you've driven into a Hollywood Western as you roll along the park road in the Needles District. Red mesas and buttes rise against...Read More

  • 13. Needles District Picnic Area

    Needles | Viewpoint

    The most convenient picnic spot in the Needles District is a sunny location on the way to Big Spring Canyon Overlook. There are picnic tables...Read More

  • 14. Pothole Point Trail

    Needles | Trail

    Microscopic creatures lie dormant in pools that fill only after rare rainstorms. When the rains do come, some eggs hatch within hours and life...Read More

  • 15. Shafer Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    This rough trek that leads to the 100-mile White Rim Road was probably first established by ancient Native Americans, but in the early 1900s...Read More

  • 16. Slickrock Trail

    Needles | Trail

    Wear a hat and carry plenty of water if you're on this trail—you won't find any shade along the 2.4-mile round-trip trek. This is the rare...Read More

  • 17. Whale Rock Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    If you've been hankering to walk across some of that pavement-smooth stuff they call slickrock, the hike to Whale Rock will make your feet happy...Read More

  • 18. White Rim Overlook Trail

    Island in the Sky | Viewpoint

    The cliffs fall away on three sides at the end of this 1-mile level hike until you get a dramatic view of the White Rim and Monument Basin....Read More

  • 19. Wooden Shoe Arch Overlook

    Needles | Viewpoint

    Kids enjoy looking for the tiny window in the rock that looks like a wooden shoe with a turned-up toe. If you can't find it on your own, there...Read More

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