Canyonlands, Utah

As part of one of our USA Road Trips, we visited the Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Home to fiery red canyons and scenery just out of a cowboy film, it is one of the most breathtaking places you could visit in America.

If you think of any old school cowboy film, I could guarantee they filmed some of it in the Canyonlands NPS. You might even spot some familiar sights from Mission Impossible and the Metallica music video!

Canyonlands National Park Service

Entrance to the Canyonlands NPS is $25 per car which allows unlimited entry for 7 days. That will give you access to all of the scenic drives and the stunning look out points throughout the park.

There are main ‘sites’ to visit but if you follow the map you get when you enter the park, you’ll see so many beautiful sites and rock formations everything is laid out there in front of you.

Canyonlands National Park Service

For us, the stand out was Horseshoe Canyon which is a strong rival to the Grand Canyon and as we have seen both, I think I prefer the Horseshoe Canyon as you get a much better view from Dead Horse Point look out.

Canyonlands National Park Service

From the Dead Horse Point visitor centre, you can see the Canyonlands spread out before you in their orange baked glory but right in the middle, you’ll spot the bright blue Potash facility which definitely stands out!

Canyonlands National Park Service

We based ourselves in the town of Moab, UT for 2 days which is more than used to tourists visiting the Canyonlands. A fairly decent sized town offers everything you could need during your visit.

Canyonlands National Park Service

We had a 4×4 off road vehicle for our visit but the vast majority is tarmac and ok for normal cars. There’s trips and tours available from Moab as well as water tours and quad biking.

Canyonlands National Park Service

The best thing about our stay in Moab was the positive affirmations that have been scrawled on the floor! They were all over down town Moab!

Canyonlands National Park Service



  1. 13th October 2017 / 3:22 pm

    I’ve visited a handful of national parks in the south-west of the USA but I’m yet to visit Canyonlands. Your pictures of the Horseshoe Canyon are gorgeous!

    • Katie
      16th October 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks Stuart!

      It’s definitely one of my favourite parks so far!

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