Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands National Park, located in Utah, is characterized by a vast landscape of deep canyons, towering mesas, and the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers. It offers a rugged and remote wilderness experience.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Utah
Area: 337,598 acres (1,366.21sq km) – 23rd largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Cathedral Point – 7,120 ft (2,170.17 m)
Lowest Elevation: Colorado River – 3,730 ft (1,136.90 m)
Date Established: September 12, 1964
Annual Visitors: 779,147 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Moab, Utah

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Mesa Arch (0.7 mi, Easy) – A short loop leading to a famous arch with sunrise views.
  2. White Rim Overlook (1.8 mi, Easy) – Offers panoramic views of the Colorado River and White Rim Road.
  3. Grand View Point Trail (1.8 mi, Easy) – Follows the canyon edge with panoramic views, including of both rivers.
  4. Murphy Point Trail (3.4 mi, Easy) – Leads to a viewpoint of the Green River, White Rim Road, and Candlestick Tower.
  5. Aztec Butte (1.7 mi, Moderate) – Includes some scrambling to ancestral Puebloan granaries and panoramic views.

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Canyonlands National Park.

  1. White-water rafting on the Colorado River
  2. Scenic drives on the Island in the Sky Mesa
  3. Mountain biking on the White Rim Road
  4. Photography at Mesa Arch during sunrise
  5. Star gazing in this Dark Sky Park

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Canyonlands National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Canyonlands National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Canyonlands National Park

After hiking and exploring Canyonlands National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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