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    Top Spots in and near Canyonlands National Park

    • Moab, Utah

      Hike the Gooseberry Trail in Canyonlands

      4.0
      4.2 mi / 1548 ft gain
      This hike will take your breath away—literally. You will experience stunning views of Canyonlands National Park while literally stepping down the side of a cliff. Once you get to the valley floor, continue on to the smaller cliffs of the White Rim. To get there, follow Grand View Point Road down ...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Hike the White Rim Overlook

      3.0
      1.8 mi / 160 ft gain
      If you're entering Canyonlands from the north (Island in the Sky side), don't miss this quick hike! This hike is fairly level the entire way and not too long—perfect for kids. Follow Grand View Point Road down towards the middle of the park, then turn left at the sign for the White Rim Overlook. ...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Hike to Murphy Point

      4.3
      3.4 mi / 320 ft gain
      Murphy Point, found in the Island In The Sky district of Canyonlands NP, takes hikers on a mesa that ends at an overlook with sweeping vistas over Murphy Basin, the White Rim, and Green River. If you're looking to get away from the tourists, then head to this quiet and often overlooked trail.The ...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Catch a Sunset at Green River Overlook

      4.5
      Turn right on Highway 313 after Mesa Arch Trailhead and follow the road past Willow Flat Campground to Green River Overlook. Park at the parking lot. Climb over the railing onto the rock edge. Sit and breathe in that desert wind and distant sun. Simple as that.I recommend camping at Willow Flat t...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Hike the Aztec Butte Trail

      4.5
      2 mi / 500 ft gain
      The Aztec Butte Trail is a two pronged out and back trail for a total of two miles. The trail is single track and easy to follow. After a third of a mile the trail splits. To the left, a trail takes you to the top of a small mesa. There is an informative sign marking the way. On the other side of...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Night Photography at Mesa Arch

      5.0
      From the parking lot, the hike is a .6 mile loop (20-30 min hike round trip). It took 10 minutes to get to the Arch. I arrived at 2am and hiked to the Arch to get some Milky Way shots, definitely arrive earlier to shoot the stars. I explored around when I got to the Arch and came up with a bunch ...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Mesa Arch

      4.5
      0.74 mi / 164 ft gain
      This is an easy 0.6 mile loop. The hike takes you out to Mesa Arch, which is one of the most famous structures of Canyonlands National Park. If you're out with your camera, you can get amazing shots of the arch with the rugged canyon as your backdrop. Some of the best photos of the arch are at s...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Backpack the Lathrop Canyon Trail in Canyonlands

      18 mi / 2130 ft gain
      Access to this trailhead is a few miles south of the Islands in the Sky Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park. An easy drive from Moab or Interstate 70. Remember to get permits and check in with the rangers if camping. If just doing a day hike then no permits are needed. REMINDER: There is ...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Upheaval Dome Overlook

      4.0
      1.21 mi / 200 ft gain
      Upheaval Dome is a geologic structure whose origins have remained hotly debated for years. Some scientists say it is the site of a meteorite impact while others theorize it is nothing more than a naturally occurring salt dome. No matter what the true answer is, there is no question that this shor...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Syncline Loop in Canyonlands NP

      5.0
      7.87 mi / 1955 ft gain
      Be advised, the NPS signs and maps that warn of a very difficult hike ahead are not hyperbole, as I thought at first. This hike is a loop around the famous Upheaval Dome on an unmaintained trail that leads you down over 1500 feet into the canyon, close to the Green River, then climbs back up 1500...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Hike the Neck Spring Trail

      5.8 mi / 260 ft gain
      With minor changes in elevation, a couple easy scrambles and the opportunity to find your route by cairns, the Neck Spring Trail is the perfect way to get acquainted with Island in the Sky area of Canyonlands National Park.Starting at the Shafer Canyon Overlook parking lot, the Neck Spring trail ...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Climbing Moses in Canyonlands

      Moses offers some fantastic crack climbing. It is in the Island in the Sky area near the Taylor Canyon Campsite. The climbing is difficult but the rock is a really solid wingate sandstone. With one of the best summits in the world, this tower isn't one to miss.To get more information on the route...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Mountain Bike Moab's White Rim Trail

      5.0
      100 mi
      This trip can be done with an outfit or independently. The outfit Escape Adventures is highly recommended. They send two guides - one drives a pickup behind with all the camping gear. If you don't have the money or interest, however, it is possible to simply use panniers or a backpack to carry ev...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Mountain Bike the Shafer Trail in Moab

      5.0
      5 mi
      The best way to ride the Shafer Trail is to bring a support vehicle (one with 4WD and decently high clearance). If you're into a sufferfest, by all means climb your way out of there. You can also include it on a much, much longer ride like the White Rim Trail. But if you just want to experience t...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Explore Big Spring Creek Overlook

      This overlook is at the end of the scenic drive in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Once you step away from your vehicle the world sort of drops out below you into Big Spring Canyon. Just a short walk from the car takes you to some fantastic formations. Visitors can begin the hi...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Hike the Confluence Overlook

      4.0
      10.4 mi / 220 ft gain
      The Green River starts in Wyoming and flows 730 miles before joining the Colorado River in Utah. Confluence Overlook Trail is located in the northern parts of the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park. At the southwest edge of the parking area, you will see where the trail starts. The tra...
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    Camping and Lodging in Canyonlands National Park

    Indian Creek Falls Group Site
    Monticello, Utah

    Indian Creek Falls Group Site

    Creek Pasture Group Site
    Moab, Utah

    Creek Pasture Group Site

    Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground
    Moab, Utah

    Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground

    Horsethief Group Sites
    Moab, Utah

    Horsethief Group Sites

    The Ledge Campground
    Moab, Utah

    The Ledge Campground

    The Ledge Group Sites
    Moab, Utah

    The Ledge Group Sites

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Canyonlands National Park

    5 Reasons Why You Should Explore Canyonlands National Park

    5 Reasons Why You Should Explore Canyonlands National Park

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    The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Moab in the Winter

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    My Go-To List for Car Camping in Moab

    My Go-To List for Car Camping in Moab

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    Moab Fall Pilgrimage

    Moab Fall Pilgrimage

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    The Ultimate Glamping Basecamp in Moab, Utah

    The Ultimate Glamping Basecamp in Moab, Utah

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