Canyonlands National ParkAndrei 7/99
I am going to Canyonlands National Park (Utah), and seek advice tours offered in the park by private companies. It seems that most of the roads in the park are suitable only for 4-wheel drives, and one cannot see much from the paved road. However, there is an option to buy a jeep or a boat tour. Does anyone has any experience with half-day jeep tours, jet boat trips, and combo packages in the park?
I've been to Canyonlands many times, and it is simply not true that you can't see much from the road. Almost all of the Island in the Sky section (1/3 of the park) is accessible on paved roads or easy (for passenger cars with 2WD) dirt roads. You can drive to Mineral Bottom north of the park on a scary but passable dirt road - I've taken a Honda Civic down there. You can drive to the Needles Cpgd on a paved road and have days of dayhikes from there (I've done that too). You can drive downriver from Moab on either side of the river for miles before the road turns to dirt. In addition, you can go to Arches National Park a few miles away and see dozens of arches without even getting out of your car and without your car leaving pavement. I strongly urge you to go, go for walks, and have a good time.
If you're going with kids, Fiery Furnace in Arches is a tremendous place to go. The rangers lead tours. It's dramatic, safe with little ones (you're in the bottom of narrow canyons, not on cliff rims, so there's little to fall of of) yet a very short walk from the road (perhaps under 1 mile round-trip, certainly under 2).
If you're camping, the Green River Overlook in the Island in the Sky section is a great place and accessible for any car. The official campground in Arches is great too, but fills up early in the day.