Canyonlands National Park

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Canyonlands National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Cave Spring Trail

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    One of the best, most interesting trails in the park takes you past a historic cowboy camp, precontact rock art, and great views. Two wooden...Read More

  • 2. Grand View Point Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    This 360-degree view is the main event for many visitors to Island in the Sky. Look down on the deep canyons of the Colorado and Green rivers...Read More

  • 3. Joint Trail

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    Part of the Chesler Park Loop, this trail follows a series of deep, narrow fractures in the rock. A shady spot in summer, it will give you good...Read More

  • 4. Mesa Arch Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    If you don't have time for the 2,000 arches in nearby Arches National Park, you should take the easy, ½-mile round-trip walk to Mesa Arch. After...Read More

  • 5. Upheaval Dome Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    This mysterious crater is one of the wonders of Island in the Sky. Some geologists believe it's an eroded salt dome, but others think it was...Read More

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  • 6. Aztec Butte Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    The highlight of the 2-mile round-trip hike is the chance to see Ancestral Pueblo granaries. The view into Taylor Canyon is also nice. Moderate. ...Read More

  • 7. Horseshoe Canyon Trail

    Horseshoe Canyon | Trail

    This remote region of the park is accessible by dirt road, and only in good weather. Park at the lip of the canyon and hike 7 miles round trip...Read More

  • 8. Pothole Point Trail

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    Microscopic creatures lie dormant in pools that fill only after rare rainstorms. When the rains do come, some eggs hatch within hours and life...Read More

  • 9. Shafer Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    This rough trek that leads to the 100-mile White Rim Road was probably first established by ancient Native Americans, but in the early 1900s...Read More

  • 10. Slickrock Trail

    Needles | Trail

    Wear a hat and carry plenty of water if you're on this trail—you won't find any shade along the 2.4-mile round-trip trek. This is the rare...Read More

  • 11. Whale Rock Trail

    Island in the Sky | Trail

    If you've been hankering to walk across some of that pavement-smooth stuff they call slickrock, the hike to Whale Rock will make your feet happy...Read More

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