9 days in Canyonlands National Park & Blanding Itinerary

9 days in Canyonlands National Park & Blanding Itinerary

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9 days in Canyonlands National Park & Blanding Itinerary

Start: Canyonlands National Park
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Canyonlands National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Blanding
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Canyonlands National Park

5
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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aztec Butte Trail and Cave Spring. Get in touch with nature at Tower Arch and White Rim Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Canyonlands National Park: Arches National Park (Tunnel Arch & Pine Tree Arch) and Dolores Canyon (in Cortez). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Horseshoe Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Monitor and Merriamac Rock Formations, and hike along Confluence Overlook Trail.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Canyonlands National Park. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Blanding.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Dolores Canyon
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Elephant Hill ©
Elephant Hill
Shafer Canyon Overlook ©
Shafer Canyon Overlook
Tower Arch ©
Tower Arch

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Blanding

Blanding ©
Blanding is a city in San Juan County, Utah, United States. On the 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Butler Wash Archeological Ruin and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chesler Park Loop Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Little Westwater Ruin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Comb Ridge, and then stroll the grounds of Pioneer Cemetery.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Blanding travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Blanding in 2.5 hours. In September in Blanding, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Blanding

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bluff, Chesler Park Loop Trail
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Chesler Park Loop Trail ©
Chesler Park Loop Trail
Mule Canyon Ruins ©
Mule Canyon Ruins
Butler Wash Archeological Ruin ©
Butler Wash Archeological Ruin

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