Canyonlands Adventure Guide (2012 National Parks Series: Part 4 of 6)

Our field scouts scrambled up airy ledges, trekked to giant arches, and dropped into deep gorges to bring you the best dozen trips in this slickrock paradise.

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Canyonlands National Park (Google Earth)

Canyonlands National Park (Google Earth)


Elephant Canyon (Clint Farlinger)


Rock Gap at Squaw Canyon (Matt Leidecker)


Druid Arch (Jack Brauer)


See the best of the park on these three noteworthy hikes.

BEST DAY: Horseshoe Canyon

BEST WEEKEND: Taylor Canyon to Upheaval Canyon

BEST WEEK: Chesler Park to Salt Creek Canyon

Maps: Order full-color, waterproof topo maps of these

three routes at,

including aFull Wall Map

Download our annotated park map

for more of our favorite routes.

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