Top 10 Canyons and Overlooks to Explore in Canyonlands National Park


Welcome to Canyonlands National Park, Utah’s largest and least visited park, where ancient whispers echo through the canyons, a secluded sanctuary awaiting intrepid souls.

Discover a vast wilderness of canyons, mesas, and buttes shaped by the Colorado River. Explore the top 10 canyons and overlooks for an unforgettable experience.

The most popular district of Canyonlands, Island in the Sky offers spectacular views from the top of a 1,000-foot mesa.

Island in the Sky


Discover The Needles district in Canyonlands, named for its vibrant sandstone spires. A hiker's paradise with diverse canyons, arches, and rock formations.

The Needles


The Maze district is the most remote and challenging area of Canyonlands. It is accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles and requires a high level of navigation and self-reliance. 

The Maze


Explore Horseshoe Canyon, a Canyonlands unit boasting North America's remarkable rock art. The Great Gallery, with life-sized figures from 2000 BC, steals the show.

Horseshoe Canyon


Experience Cataract Canyon's thrilling Colorado River stretch within Canyonlands. Renowned for Class II to V whitewater rapids, it's an adventure seeker's dream.

Cataract Canyon


The Confluence is the point where the Colorado and Green rivers meet in Canyonlands. It is a sacred site for many Native American tribes, who consider it a place of power and healing.

The Confluence


Dead Horse Point State Park, near Canyonlands, showcases Utah's iconic view: a horseshoe bend of the Colorado River framed by striking red rock cliffs.

Dead Horse Point


Hidden in Canyonlands, False Kiva is a circular stone structure in a cliff cave. Not a true kiva, but a modern reconstruction, it captivates with its mystique.

False Kiva


Embark on the challenging Syncline Loop in Island in the Sky, Canyonlands. This 8.3-mile trail encircles Upheaval Dome, a geological wonder shrouded in mystery.

Syncline Loop


Peekaboo is a fun and scenic hike in the Needles district. It is a 10-mile loop that passes through two slot canyons, Peekaboo and Squeeze, that require some scrambling and squeezing.



White Rim Road is a 100-mile dirt road that loops around the Island in the Sky mesa. It is one of the most epic and adventurous ways to experience Canyonlands.

White Rim Road


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