• Southeastern Utah
  • Established November 12, 1971
  • 525 square miles

According to the book America’s National Parks, “From all appearances, Canyonlands National Parks is one of the most arid places on earth, yet it was forged by water.” This is a park that epitomizes contradiction: dry rock etched by roaring water; “dead” rock and brilliantly alive color. So many of the rock formations in the American southwest seem to embody possibility, and Canyonlands is no exception. The arches and pinnacles and spires, riotous with color, look like they must have been carved intentionally by some master artist. It seems impossible that they were indeed formed by the wiles of wind, sand, rain—and just plain time.

Canyonlands is mostly wilderness—vast tracts of canyons, plateaus, and playgrounds of rock—without many roads or much human contact. Bighorn sheep, mountain lions, black bears, and great blue herons roam. The great nature writer Edward Abbey says about Canyonlands that it is the “most arid, most hostile, most lonesome, most grim, bleak, barren, desolate, and savage quarter of the state of Utah—the best by far.”

It isn’t always easy to know how to navigate Canyonlands, and that’s where National Parks Revealed comes in. We work with private guides who use vehicles appropriate to the terrain and show guests the subtleties and intricacies of the area. Our guides know geology, flora, fauna, weather—and stories, always the most important part of any tour. We recommend combining a trip to Canyonlands with visits to other parks nearby: Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Monument Valley, and others. We can work up a custom itinerary that will include exactly the kind of experience you’re looking for, with just the right blend of relaxation, adventure, and exploration. We can arrange for a picnic lunch in Canyonlands and, as always, we arrange for luxurious accommodations in the area.