Nestled in the southeastern portion of Utah, Canyonlands National Park is one of the most popular places to visit in the area. Often considered the little brother of the Grand Canyon, this park features miles of canyons stretching as far as the eye can see. These breathtaking canyons were carved by the Colorado River over thousands of years - just like at the Grand Canyon. Despite its smaller size, Canyonlands National Park deserves a visit of its own. In fact, you could easily spend an entire week in the park and just barely scratch the surface of what it has to offer.
Island in the Sky, a plateau with panoramic views of the park, is one of the most popular spots in the park. Some other features worthy of a visit include Horseshoe Canyon where you can see ancient rock paintings and the Needles which features towering rock formations. When visiting this breathtaking part of Utah, you'll be looking for ideal hotels near Canyonlands National Park
The River Rock Inn is a comfortable and conveniently located choice. It features free breakfast, high-end rooms, relaxing common areas, and much more.
Things to Do In Canyonlands National Park
Visit Grand View Point
Standing over 6,000 feet, the Grand View Point earns its name with stunning and expansive views of the entire Canyonlands park. You might even be able to make out the Colorado River on the eastern side and the Green River on the western side. This section of the park is known as Island in the Sky, and one lookout from Grand View Point makes it obvious why. It only takes around 10 minutes to reach the lookout from the parking lot, making it a quick stop.
Hike to Mesa Arch
If you've seen pictures of Canyonlands National Park online, you've definitely seen the jaw-dropping views offered by Mesa Arch. This notable landmark is the perfect place to watch the sunrise as Mesa Arch perfectly carves out a scenic portion of Buck Canyon to view through as a natural window. The hike isn't too long but it is steeper than some others in the park. If you're trying to get there before sunrise, make sure to leave early as it’s a popular attraction for photographers.
Head to Green River Overlook
Canyonlands National Park has its fair share of outlooks. But don't assume that once you've seen one, you've seen them all. Each offers unique views of different areas of this diverse park. From the perspective offered by Green River Outlook, the canyons appear wider than at Grand View Point. You'll get a clearer view of the Green River as it carves through the canyons. Similar to other spots, the Green River Overlook is just a short walk from the parking lot.
Take the Grand View Point Trail
If you're in the mood for a hike, we highly recommend the Grand View Point Trail. It's just two miles roundtrip but that doesn't mean it’s a breeze. The trail begins at Grand View Point and ends at the Grant View Point Outlook. You'll get gorgeous 360-degree vistas of the canyons during the whole hike. You'll feel like you're at the Grand Canyon without having to suffer the crowds. The trail takes just over an hour and is a great way to see the park.
Spanning over 330,000 acres, Canyonlands National Park deserves at least a few days of your vacation. If you're planning to see the park's main highlights, you should plan to stay in the park for most of the day. By the time the sunsets, you'll be ready to kick your feet up and relax. At the River Rock Inn, you'll have everything you need to rejuvenate before hitting Canyonlands the next day. Our sanctuary is conveniently located near the park so you don't have to waste too much of your day on the road.
As one of the best hotels near Canyonlands National Park, we've combined the iconic American Western theme with a high-end, luxurious atmosphere. This way, you'll never feel like you've left the park while still enjoying the world-class amenities you need to relax after a day full of hiking in the sun. You can mingle with other couples in our inviting common areas or hide away in your cozy abode for some quality time with your partner.
Couples visiting Canyonlands need a comfortable, secluded, and luxurious place to stay in between their excursions in the park. That's exactly the spirit used when designing our Deluxe King room. As one of the places to stay near Canyonlands, this spacious room has everything you and your significant other need to refreshen and relax when you're not seeing the mind-blowing beauty the park has to offer.
Deluxe King Private Patio
If you want all of the amenities and perks of the Deluxe King but with your very own private patio, this is the room for you! You'll remain connected with the great outdoors even when you're cozied up in our comfortable beds. When you want to watch the sunrise or sunset, simply step out onto your secluded patio. Make sure you stay up just a little later one night to catch the dazzling stars!
The Cottage Queen
Maybe you and your partners are looking for something a little more affordable or you love the idea of living in closer quarters during your trip. Either way, we've got room for that! Our Cottage Queen features a classic yet modern western-style design with wood, tile, and leather accents.
Accessible Deluxe King
If you or your partner requires mobility assistance, it can be difficult to find where to stay near Canyonlands National Park. In an effort to accommodate all of our guests, the River Rock Inn features an Accessible Deluxe King room. With wider doors, more space, support bars in the bathroom, and other accessibility features, this luxurious room is easy to maneuver within. Our entire facility is also wheelchair accessible.