Organized Tours & Ranger Programs
A variety of ranger programs are presented from March through October. Several programs are offered daily in the Island in the Sky District, including geology presentations at Grand View Point at 10:30 and 11:30am, and talks at the Visitor Center at 2pm. In the Needles District there are 1-hour evening programs at Squaw Flat Campground most nights of the week. In the Maze District, guided hikes in Horseshoe Canyon are offered most weekends in spring and fall.
Canyonlands by Night & Day (tel. 800/394-9978 or 435/259-5261; www.canyonlandsbynight.com) offers a variety of excursions in the area, including an evening river trip, operating spring through fall, that combines a 1 1/2-hour sunset jet-boat ride with a Dutch-oven dinner. Cost for the boat trip and dinner is $70 for adults and $60 for children 4 to 12 (minimum age 4), with a family rate of $215 for two adults and two children. A 4-hour daytime jet boat ride costs $80 for adults and $70 for children 4 to 12 (minimum age 4), with a family rate for two adults and two kids of $249. Reservations are recommended. The office and dock are just north of Moab at the Colorado River Bridge.
Canyonlands is beautiful, but many of its most spectacular sections are difficult to get to. One solution is to take to the air. Slickrock Air Guides, Inc. (tel. 866/259-1626 or 435/259-6216; www.slickrockairguides.com) offers 1-hour scenic flights over Canyonlands National Park and nearby areas for $150 per person, 2-hour flights that take in Canyonlands, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for $270 per person, and 3-hour flights that include Canyonlands, Lake Powell, the edge of the Grand Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Park for $395 per person.