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Canyonlands National Park Needles District by 4x4

Moab, United States

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Hit the dusty trail on a 4x4 tour of Canyonlands National Park. Expert guides will take you to see the highlights of Utah’s Chesler Park such as Elephant Hill, Devil’s Lane, and Devil’s Kitchen. There’s also the option to take a 3-mile (4.8-km) hike on the spectacularly scenic Joint Trail. This full-day adventure is the perfect way to experience Utah’s backcountry away from the crowds.
  • Full-day tour to Chesler Park in Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District, from Moab
  • Access beautiful backcountry by 4WD with an experienced guide
  • Go off-road on some of the most challenging tracks in southeastern Utah
  • Learn from your guide about the geology, wildlife and history of Chesler Park
  • Take an optional hike on the Joint Trail that leads through a beautiful red rock landscape
  • Includes lunch, water, lemonade and transport by 4WD
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Professional guide
Transport by 4x4 vehicle
Ice water and lemonade
Buffet-style lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Park entrance fees ($10 USD per person and $25 per family)

Departure Point

Navtec Expeditions, 321 N Main St, Moab, UT 84532, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This tour of Canyonlands National Park begins in the middle of Moab, where you’ll meet your guides and hop in the comfortable 4x4 off-road vehicle. The drive to the Chesler Park area is approximately two hours, as it’s located out in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

The reward for the lengthy drive, however, is sweeping vistas of desert landscapes you’d expect to see in brochures, where multicolored rock formations emerge from the sun-scorched earth. You’ll explore the ancient rock formations and weave through the cactus, looking for wildlife like mule deer, lizards, or herds of bighorn sheep.

At Elephant Hill, watch as your guide skillfully maneuvers what's known as one of Utah’s most challenging 4x4 trails. You’ll pass Devil’s Kitchen and Devil’s Lane before emerging at SOB Hill.

Towards the middle of the day, you’ll enjoy a tasty, buffet-style lunch at a panoramic viewpoint, and then be given the option of hiking along the dusty Joint Trail. The 3-mile (4.8km) loop leads towards the Chesler Park meadows, which are often considered as one of the park’s most spectacularly scenic spots.

The trail itself weaves through towering boulders and an intriguing network of canyons, and even though the path is well groomed and the trail is well defined, it’s still a hike that’s sufficiently challenging for even the most experienced of hikers. If you’d prefer to skip the Joint Trail hike, you’re allowed more time to photograph the views surrounding your scenic lunch spot, before continuing on in the 4x4 vehicle to remote sections of the park.

At the end of the day, having scoured the furthest and most isolated corners of Canyonlands National Park, your guide drops you off in the middle of Moab from where the tour began.
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NAVTEC Expeditions - Day Tours
Make your own way to the conveniently located meeting point in Moab, then hop into the sturdy and comfortable 4WD vehicle for the scenic 2-hour drive to Chesler Park, located in the heart of the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
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Needles District Visitor Center
The Needles District offers awe-inspiring landscapes and scenic vistas at every turn. Admire towering multicolored rock formations, ancient rock art, desert landscapes dotted with cactus and the vibrant blue southwestern sky. Keep an eye out for a variety of critters including birds, lizards, mule deer and big horn sheep, and enjoy the scent of pinyon, juniper and sage brush in the desert air.
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Elephant Hill
Your guide expertly maneuvers the 4WD over Elephant Hill, known as one of the most challenging 4WD trails in southeastern Utah. Pass Devil's Kitchen and cruise down Devil's Lane before encountering SOB Hill, another challenge to the driving skills of your guide.
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Canyonlands National Park
At midday, enjoy a delicious buffet-style picnic lunch at a gorgeous viewpoint. Afterward, have the option to hike the Joint Trail to the spacious meadows of Chesler Park, one of Canyonlands' most spectacular spots. Expect to walk a 3-mile loop on a well-groomed trail that passes between enormous boulders and side canyons. The trail has a good walking surface and steep uphill pitch in parts, making for a challenging hike suitable for strong hikers. Or skip the hike and simply relax at the vehicle with time to soak up the beauty around you. Either way, your 4WD tour takes you to some of the more remote parts of the Canyonlands so that you can experience this stunning landscape firsthand.
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Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites
In an area filled with challenging mountain passes, technical terrain and plenty of level 2, 3 and 4 hikes, the Rock Art Sites of Moab offer travelers easy access to ancient drawings scattered along paths even a novice can navigate.
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After a full day of exploring by 4WD, your guide returns you to your starting point in Moab to end your tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Things to bring: camera, water bottle (free refills available) and sun protection
  • NAVTEC Expeditions is an authorized concessioner
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY NAVTEC Expeditions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Canyonlands National Park Needles District by 4x4?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Highly Recommended!
, Sep 2020
What a great day!! And a great way to see the spectacular Needles District of Canyonlands. Our guide, Buzz, was very knowledgeable about the area’s history and geology and his insight made it all so much more vivid. The 4-wheeling was exciting (and somewhat terrifying), the picnic refreshing and tasty, and the hike was fun and unique. The scenery throughout was amazing!!
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Life-time experience
, Oct 2019
Our guide Ben was great and we had a life-time experience even for seniors like us who already have had extensive experiences with traveling all over the US and the world. .
Not for the feint of heart!
Vicki O
, Sep 2019
This was a fabulous adventure! When I booked it, I guess I didn’t know what I was booking. Our guide Ben was an expert on off-road mountain driving. We had a wonderful experience!
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Amazing experience
Tasha H
, Mar 2019
One of a kind trip. Beautiful scenery, off the beaten path, skilled and professional guide, would highly recommend.
Adventure awaits.
Terri B
, Jul 2018
This is not for the scardy cat. This is a true 4x4 experience. You will drive over boulders that you would think were impossible to get over in a motor vehicle. Our driver was very good. It was exciting, bumpy and very cool. the scenery was amazing. The driver had some quirky personality traits, but loves the land and is very skilled.
This was an unforgettable...
Yan T
, Sep 2017
This was an unforgettable experience, our guide and driver was excellent. This is really a back country 4x4 drive, expect to be toss around a lot. I highly recomment it.
Great tour! Our driver Hunter, was...
Frank R
, Sep 2017
Great tour! Our driver Hunter, was an excellent driver and guide. Fascinating landscapes. Excellent lunch.
We had an amazing experience...
James W
, May 2017
We had an amazing experience exploring the needles district with our guide, John. None of us had ever done any 4 4'ing before so really didn't know what to expect. After leaving the visitors center in the Needles district we drove to the end of the paved road. John provided knowledgeable information about everything on the way, from the geology, to the animals, to butch cassidy and the Sundance kid. At the end of the paved road we came to what I learned was Elephant Hill. I thought we were getting out to walk. Nope, John expertly guided the truck up the 40? degree incline over rocks and bolders. And so it went. He was very nonshelant about the drive, As he had done it so many times before. Later we stopped at a remote area for a nice lunch, followed by a hike though a trail that took us up through narrow rock canyons to a spot where we overlooked the whole district. John was a terrific host and we had a blast.
Amazing trip, highly recommend this...
Robert B
, May 2017
Amazing trip, highly recommend this to all ages. Extreme off road trip, beautiful area and Larry, our driver, was the best driver ever. Up and down hills, and rocks. There are no roads here!!!
Loved the whole experience-super...
Sarah N
, Oct 2016
Loved the whole experience-super memorable. The full-day was a great option as we felt that a half day would not have been enough. Our guide was super capable and a great driver and guide. Amazing scenery, good mix of crazy off-roading, hiking, etc. we loved the hike through the needles area. Loved the whole adventure worth the money, and would highly recommend it.

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