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Canyonlands National Park Needles District by 4x4

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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Central Moab
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Transport by 4x4 vehicle
    • Ice water and lemonade
    • Buffet-style lunch
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Park entrance fees ($10 USD per person and $25 per family)
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Highly recommend this trip if you want to see the Needles portion of Canyonlands National Park. Our guide, Ben, was fantastic - very personable and informative. While the ride was over rocks that you would never think a vehicle could go over - we did and never felt unsafe!!
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    We took the trip to the Needles area of Canyonlands. Our driver M.C. was wonderful. We are seniors and wondered if we would be anxious about the ride on Elephant Hill. He navigated the hills with ease and gave us a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience to remember. His
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    A true adventure of learning and exhilaration. Our guide, Buzz, knows his history and geology and can handle the wheel better than you can. This is a trip spent primarily in the vehicle, some of it as a true cliffhanger that you might enjoy as much as I did. The stops along
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    An awesome experience like no other we have had. How these amazing guys drive these rocky terrains is incredible- takes thrilling to a whole new level!! We learned a lot, saw nature at its best and feel super lucky to have done so. We trusted you every second Josh- and you
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    My adult daughter and I went on the full day tour with Phil our driver and guide and another couple. It was one of the top two or three sight seeing adventures of my 72 year lifetime. With the help of the hundred or so pictures we both took I will never forget it. Phil was
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