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Best trails in Canyonlands National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah? AllTrails has 84 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 42 moderate trails in Canyonlands National Park ranging from 0.6 to 104 miles and from 3,946 to 7,076 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The park is divided into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. This landscape was eroded into canyons, buttes, and mesas by the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries. There are rock pinnacles and other naturally sculpted rock, as well as artifacts from Ancient Pueblo Peoples. The park is open 24 hours a day, year-round, but some facilities may close during the winter season. Entrance Fees You can pay your entrance fee at entrance stations, visitor centers or online at pay.gov Admission to Canyonlands National Park is good for seven days. You can updgrade a weekly pass to an annual pass within seven days of purchase. Private Vehicle - $30.00 Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all its occupants. Motorcycle - $25.00 Admits a private, non-commercial motorcycle and its riders. Per Person - $15.00 Admits one individual with no car. Typically used for bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians. Youth 15 and under are admitted free. Annual and Lifetime Passes You can purchase annual passes for parks in southeast Utah as well as annual and lifetime passes for all federal lands at entrance stations or visitor centers. All passes admit one private, non-commercial vehicle to Canyonlands National Park. Lifetime passes also provide a 50 percent discount on camping fees at Island in the Sky and The Needles campgrounds. Southeast Utah Parks Pass - $55.00 Valid for one year through the month of purchase to Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments. Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle or the pass holder and three persons (16 years and older) when per-person fees are charged. Accessibility: For information on the accessible features at Canyonlands, visit: https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

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Map of trails in Canyonlands National Park
Park information
Acreage:
337,597 acres
Contact
(435) 719-2100
Top trails (84)
#1 - Mesa Arch Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
An easy walk out to an arch perched right on a cliff edge. A great sunrise hike in Canyonlands National Park with great views. The Island in the Sky mesa rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Every overlook offers a different perspective on Canyonlands' spectacular landscape. The Island is the easiest district to visit in a short period of time, offering many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips. Mesa Arch Trail is easy and offers great views from the arch perched right on a cliff edge. A great sunrise hike. Start: Mesa Arch parking area Time: 30 minutesShow more
#2 - Grand View Point Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 50 m
Breathtaking sunset hike on the rim of Islands in the Sky. Accessibility: According to the park website, to the first overlook the trail is paved concrete and wheelchair and stroller friendly. It has been marked with a waypoint. Past that, there are stairs and it turns into traversing rocky cliff edges. The width is typically at least four feet wide on the paved section and the estimated grade there is mostly gentle (all 3% or less).Show more
#3 - Chesler Park Loop Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 12 m
#4 - Upheaval Dome via Crater View Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 41 m
The Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail offers views of a spectacular geological formation, a mile-wide crater of mysterious origins, possibly caused by a meteorite that created a big splash of minerals when it hit or a salt dome that originated from within the earth. The rocks along the trail tilt away from the dome as a result of the impact. Upheaval Dome doesn't fit with the rest of the Canyonlands terrain. It's obviously not the result of gradual erosion like the rest of the park, but rather a dramatic deformity in which rocks have been pushed into a domelike structure. At one time, it was believed that the dome was formed by a hidden volcano, but a more recent theory suggests that a meteorite may have struck the earth here some 60 million years ago. Show more
#5 - White Rim Overlook Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 50 m
#6 - Druid Arch Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
Permits might be required for all day and overnight trips along the river. Great views throughout. Bring lots of water. Hike can be sandy and difficult to navigate.Show more
#7 - Aztec Butte Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 52 m
#8 - False Kiva Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 45 m
This short yet spectacular route takes you to False Kiva, a human-made stone circle situated perfectly at a natural alcove. This trail is not well maintained and involves some scrambling, but you will be rewarded with amazing views that capture the spirit of the Southwest. Canyonlands National Park has closed the alcove at the end of this trail due to vandalism. Please be respectful of this ancient site and do not attempt to enter.Show more
#9 - Chesler Park Viewpoint
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
Chresler Park Viewpoint can be made much longer by making it into a full loop. There are many other interconnecting trails and you can very easily do just a portion of this trail and turn back sooner. This trail does not take you by Druid Arch. Show more
#10 - Shafer Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 19.6 mi
This is an off-road driving route that can be done in either direction. This route offers incredible views of Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands National Park. The portion of this road that leads to the Canyonlands Visitor Center is closed during winter.Show more
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