Utah

Canyonlands National Park Tour

DurationDuration 6-8 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 1
tour Tour Stops 15
$9.99

Description

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

All Shaka Guide tours come with customer support and a satisfaction guarantee. Tours never expire.

Tour Stops

Preview Audio

Skip View & INTESTINE MAN ART SITE
Canyonlands Introduction North-Bound
TURN LEFT FOR HWY 313
COLORADO PLATEAU GEOLOGY

Tour Route

Important Travel Info

Safety & Etiquitte
Budgeting, Fees & Reservations
Time & Schedule
Suggested Packing List

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.

  • Very Important: Car charger
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun glasses and/or hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks
  • Cash
  • Phone Mount
  • First Aid Kit

Tour FAQs

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

  • Sneakers
  • Hiking clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun glasses and/or hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks
  • Cash
  • Car charger *VERY IMPORTANT*
  • Phone mount
  • First aid kit
  • $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

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. 

​​Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com  or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

Purchase BundlePurchase Bundle & Save

Utah & Mighty 5 Collection

$29.99
$59.98 50% off

  • Arches National Park Tour
    Arches National Park Tour
  • Canyonlands National Park Tour
    Canyonlands National Park Tour
  • La Sal Mountain Loop
    La Sal Mountain Loop
  • Zion National Park Tour
    Zion National Park Tour
  • Bryce Canyon National Park Tour
    Bryce Canyon National Park Tour
  • Capitol Reef National Park Tour
    Capitol Reef National Park Tour
Your purchase gives back
Your purchase gives back
Tours never expire
Tours never expire
Money-back guaranteed
Money-back guaranteed

Customer Reviews

Maui

We used Shaka back in 2017 on our trip to Oahu and the big island, so when we were going to Maui, I knew I had to buy the bundle. This is truly the way to go if you want to drive yourself. Great insights and stories and you stop when and where you want. Highly recommend !!! We literally toured the entire island from the west side of Maui to the road to Hana loop in 2 fun filled days. I will be back when we plan our trip to Kauai

Wish I had this for every travel location!

Absolutely amazing concept and execution! My husband and I rented a convertible for a day and used the Shaka Guide to do a clockwise tour from Waikiki to North Shore and back. I loved that the tour knew our location and gave turn by turn directions while also giving stories/info and providing relaxing local music. It really made the entire experience enjoyable for everyone and took away all the stress. Absolutely recommended for anyone visiting any location they have a tour for!

Great as you’re driving around, but…

This was a great app to have for our Hawaiian vacation! We certainly learned a lot and got to explore places we would have otherwise missed out on. However… 1. The tours are a little repetitive. We heard the same stories about King Kahmehameha and about the Hawaiian princess that loved education multiple times. It would be better if there were different stories on each tour so that if you did multiple tours, you got different experiences each time. 2. Driving tours were way better than walking tours, especially for families. It was hard to hear and share the walking tour with my family, and the GPS wasn’t as reliable walking around. Definitely worth the purchase, but it would be nice if a little more thought was put into these things.

How It Works

how-it-work-sl.svg

Explore on Your Terms

It's your vacation - what you see and do is up to you. You choose where to stop on the tour and how long to stay.

Authentic Storytelling

Every tour stop, story and song has been carefully curated so you can make the most of your vacation.

Let Us Be Your Guide

We use GPS to give you reliable, turn-by-turn navigation to our favorite spots. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to.

Download App to your iOS or Android device

Tours work offline

Audio tours play based on your GPS location

Turn-by-turn navigation

Listen to interesting stories