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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
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.
Stop At:  
Dead Horse Point State Park
Admission Ticket Free
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NAVTEC Expeditions - Day Tours
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Elephant Hill
Admission Ticket Free
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Canyonlands National Park
Admission Ticket Free
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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 9 travelers.

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  • "This is really a back country 4x4 drive, expect to be toss around a lot." See review


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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!
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.
Amazing! Our guide, John, of Navtec...
, Sep 2016
Amazing! Our guide, John, of Navtec Adventures was very knowledgeable about the geology and was very capable at maneuvering the terrain. Elephant Hill was specifically challenging and he handled it with the ease of a professional.

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