Shaka Guide’s Canyonlands National Park tour will take you to the Island in the Sky district - a marvel of geology and scenic views that stretch on for hundreds of miles. Along the way you’ll visit hiking trails and lookouts, like the famous Mesa Arch
Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!
• Visit Mesa Arch - one of the park’s most popular landmarks
• Walk the 1.7-mile Aztec Butte Trail
• Check out Upheaval Dome - a scientific mystery!
• Stop by Island in the Sky Visitor Center
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Utah state highway 191
Time to complete: 4+ hours
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Hiking Safety: Bring water and hike in groups, stay away from ledges
Driving Safety: Follow posted speed limits, stick to roads rated for your vehicle, be prepared for switchbacks and tight turns if taking backcountry roads like the Shafer Trail and While Rim Road.
Since Island in the Sky is on top of a mesa, there is little risk of flash flooding. However, if you are caught in a thunderstorm, there is no safe place outdoors from lighting. Return to your car if possible and stay away from ledges.
Backcountry Safety: if you deviate from the tour onto backcountry roads, you are responsible for your own safety and may have to self-rescue. Water sources are rare and unreliable.
Pet Safety: Leashed pets are allowed only on public roadways and in established campgrounds. They are not permitted on other trails, backcountry routes, or in off-trail areas.
Budgeting for your tour of Canyonlands will be a breeze thanks to Shaka Guide’s help! All you need for the tour is money for the entrance fee, any souvenirs at the bookstore, and food and drink if you plan on bringing along snacks or a picnic. Remember to pick up any supplies you may need like sunscreen and water bottles before you arrive at the visitor center. It is the desert, after all!
$30 per car for the Scenic Drive
$15-$20 per person for lunch
$10-$20 per person for gifts/souvenirs at the Island in the Sky Visitor Center
Canyonlands National Park gets crowded March through October. Get to the park early, by 8:00 am if possible.
If all you’re doing is driving, the full tour can be done in as little as 2 hours. An average tour through the park should take you 3-6 hours if you make frequent stops and enjoy a few of the shorter hikes. Longer or additional hikes will extend the tour even further.
This tour has 16 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go!
The park is open 24 hours but the Island in the Sky Visitor center is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm with extended hours Spring through Fall.
Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.
No. This tour can only be done in one direction.
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