Canyonlands National Park Backcountry 4x4 Adventure From Moab

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30am , 1pm
  • Departure Details :
    378 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


On this half-day 4WD adventure from Moab, explore the rugged, red stone interior of Canyonlands National Park, where youll experience the beauty of the Island in the Sky district and the stunning Gooseneck Overlook. Your professional guide will navigate your vehicle down the switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail, where you will not only see the remains of ancient Pueblo civilizations, but also admire the canyon walls that drop 1,000 feet (300m) down. Its an easy drive from Moab to Canyonlands, and the views of the meandering Colorado River help cap off this Utah adventure.


  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Snacks and Beverages included

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Your tour begins in the town of Moab where youll meet your professional guide, who will help you get comfortably situated inside of the off-road, 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy the 30-mile (48km) drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park, where youll explore the popular Island in the Sky District with its spectacular desert scenery.

Start off atop a mesa with views looking out over the horizon before your guide deftly maneuvers the switchbacks of Shafer Trail. On this section of the 100-mile (161-km) White Rim Road Loop, youll make stops with very photographic vistas of the Colorado River and the view from Thelma and Louise Point.

In addition to the popular lookouts, your expert guide will take you to spots that arent as frequently visited, where youll find everything from ancient Pueblo rock art to vertical views down the canyons. Youll learn the history of the Pueblo people who inhabited the Four Corners area, and aside from the culture and history lessons, your guide will also explain the geology of the red rock canyons before you.

When you stop for a break to take photos, venture out on one of the short trails that leave from many of the viewpoints; youll get a different perspective and angle for photographing the canyons.

When this Canyonlands tour from Moab is over, your guide will return you to the town of Moab to the spot where the tour began.

**For the safety and comfort of all our National Park Backcountry Jeep tour guests, if the seat belt cannot be safely fastened, then this issue will need to be taken care of before the date of your tour. We encourage guests to address all seating needs when booking. We highly recommend not leaving any possible seating issues for the day of your tour. Our jeep tours are operated in 4-door Jeep Wranglers, and hold a max of 4 passengers, plus one of Adrifts well trained, and knowledge guides as the driver. We fill all 4 passenger seats, in each of our jeeps, on a daily basis.


Experienced, knowledgeable guide

Ice water and snacks

Parking available at the office

Air-conditioned vehicle


Park entrance fee


Car infant seat (required by Utah State Law for children 8 years and younger or under 57 inches)

Hotel pickup and drop-off


This is not a private tour. Please contact our office for pricing. (additional fees apply)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please call our office to reconfirm tour the day before your scheduled tour date.

We advise that is you are, or anyone in your party is, over 6'2" and/or 225+ pounds to please consult the tour office prior to your trip's departure date.

The Jeep Wranglers used have four passenger seats, and the guide/driver has all guests rotate seats throughout the trip. This makes it so that one person is not stuck in the same seat for the entire trip.

Not recommended for those with motion sickness, vertigo, etc.

Due to these tours being 'backcountry' tours, you will be going off the paved roads in an elevated vehicle that has the clearance for these special off-road trails.

Things to bring: water bottle (free refills available), sunglasses, sunscreen, visor/hat, sun protection, sturdy footwear for hiking, day pack, camcorders and cameras (bring at your own risk)

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

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  • 02-Sep-2022

    We did the Canyonlands 4x4 tour as party of 3 with our guide Jim Schreck. The jeep was comfortable and our guide was excellent. We stopped at a number of viewpoints throughout the tour and Jim was very knowledgeable about local geography, geology and generally a mine of information. The scenery is spectacular and despite rough terrain and a switchback trail out of the canyon we felt safe throughout the journey. Jim was very attentive ensuring we had cold drinks, snacks and taking group photos of us. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough - well worth the cost and a brilliant experience.

  • 31-Aug-2022

    Here's a National Park that doesn't get the attention it deserves. And yes, it is the site where Thelma and Louise meet their end, not the Grand Canyon. Canyonlands provides vistas and history that rate as jaw-dropping. Our guide, Jim, provided an historical, geological, and adventurous tour as we wound our way through narrow passages and steep drop-offs. Be forewarned, don't attempt this drive on your own. Thank heavens for his good driving skills as well as his knowledge. This is a tour you want to book.

  • 30-Aug-2022

    It was an amazing experience. Our guide Jim did a great job talking about the history and geology of the area. He took wonderful pictures of us to send back to family. If you have problems with heights this might not be for you but for anyone with an adventurous spirit this is for you. Wonderful.

  • 25-Aug-2022

    My wife and I had the pleasure of having our tour guide Jim Schreck, of Adrift Adventures, directing us on a full day tour of Arches and Canyonlands. His Knowledge of the parks, the land and the history was really amazing. The tour is definitely worthwhile and I would request Jim as my guide. The tour and company’ jeeps and schedule was great. We stayed at the Hilton Homewood suites 2 blocks away, recommend also. The tour starts at 6:45am so staying close to the office is a good idea.

  • 23-Aug-2022

    We did a tour of the Canyonlands with Mark Turin. He was a great guide - very experienced and a fount of lots of information. The tour itself was spectacular. Amazing views and the joy of the 4x4 is that you get to see things you couldn’t get to on your own. Compared to all the other Adrift adventure tours we did this was the best.

  • 22-Aug-2022

    Our guide Mark Trunzo was terrific...! Mark was knowledgeable and informative about the area. Moab is beautiful...! This backcountry tour is not for the faint of wind up a very narrow road in a 4x4 and are up that mountain really high.....but I would do it again for the view. We felt very safe with Mark at the wheel. We also went on the Arches tour the next day with Mark and that was awesome too....:) Thanks Mark. Kathy and Steve M. Las Vegas NV

  • 17-Aug-2022

    We had a great morning on our 4x4 tour through part of Canyonlands in July! A huge shout out to our driver and "photographer" Jim. Some of the best pictures from our week long Utah vacation were taken by Jim! A super fun adventure with a lof of history along the way as well. If you want to see Cayonlands you gotta get in there, and this tour did the job. Thanks Jim and Staff at Adrfit!

  • 13-Aug-2022

    A beautiful trip in the outback with a very nice guide Joshua. Top experience! Amazing views and very well guided. Nice jeep too

  • 04-Aug-2022

    Traveling with a family of four, Mark was the perfect host. He is a very competent driver but also an engaging and entertaining person.

  • 04-Aug-2022

    This tour was absolutely amazing. The tour left Moab and headed for Canyonlands. Along the way we stopped to see the petroglyphs. Our tour guide, Mark Trunzo, did an awesome job talking to us about these interesting pictures on the rocks. We then continued on our way into Canyonlands and Mark narrated what we were looking at for the entire tour. I have a tiny fear of heights and he made sure that I was seated in the Jeep so that my fear was alleviated a bit. The park was beautiful seeing it from the White Rim trail and Schafer road. Mark had such interesting stories about every thing we were seeing. Highly recommend this tour and tour guide!

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