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Old 07-22-2021, 09:29 PM   #1
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Arches and Canyonlands NP

Has anyone actually taken or have any advice on guided tours within these national parks? Mild to moderate level of physical activity preferred.....thanks
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Those parks are so easy to do on your own. There's only one road in Arches and it's only 20 mi. long. You'll need to get out and do some walking to see anything off the road.

Unless you're going off-road in a Jeep on some harder trails in Canyonlands, it too is easy to drive on your own. Canyonlands has three separate areas to explore. The Maze is very difficult and remote so you wouldn't want to go there. Island in the Sky is near Arches. Needles is south of Moab. They are are completely different in looks.

The national parks have an awesome website with lots of good information on things to see and do along with a map.

https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

https://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

Another good article on Arches: https://www.nationalparkstraveler.or...-national-park
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We finished our version of the Grand Circle tour of the canyons this past May. We do not hike, nor did we do jeep or OHV tours of any of the parks. We found by driving and stopping at all of the turn offs, doing a little walking on improved trails we saw more than enough (for us) of all the parks.

If I remember correctly the jeep or OHV are not allowed in the parks, you can only see from a distance.

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Those parks are so easy to do on your own. There's only one road in Arches and it's only 20 mi. long. You'll need to get out and do some walking to see anything off the road.

Unless you're going off-road in a Jeep on some harder trails in Canyonlands, it too is easy to drive on your own. Canyonlands has three separate areas to explore. The Maze is very difficult and remote so you wouldn't want to go there. Island in the Sky is near Arches. Needles is south of Moab. They are are completely different in looks.

The national parks have an awesome website with lots of good information on things to see and do along with a map.

https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

https://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

Another good article on Arches: https://www.nationalparkstraveler.or...-national-park
Right now we are planned to hit Arches, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glazier next year before we head back East from Goodyear, Az. on April 1st. We are scheduled to be in Yellowstone during July 4th next year, then head north to Glazier. We are looking at about 3 months up in that area, so not to be rushed and be able to take our time.
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Right now we are planned to hit Arches, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glazier next year before we head back East from Goodyear, Az. on April 1st. We are scheduled to be in Yellowstone during July 4th next year, then head north to Glazier. We are looking at about 3 months up in that area, so not to be rushed and be able to take our time.
That's a good way to do it.... have lots of time.

We've visited the big national parks many times over again. We can never get enough of them. We typically stayed one to two weeks and explored; not only the parks but the surrounding areas. Even hiking the same trail always feels like a new experience.
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Best advice I can give is to get out there early in the morning to beat the extreme heat and often crazy crowds...and no need for the guided tour, its all very easy to navigate.
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