Canyonlands National Park Airplane Tour from Moab, UT

Redtail Air Adventures94 W Aviation WayMoab, UT 84532
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Soar over the dramatic desert landscapes of Canyonlands National Park on this 1-hour Redtail Air Canyonlands tour. Get a bird’s-eye view of the Canyonlands’ rugged vastness that would take a week to see on foot. Complete with narration of the sights below by your pilot. Explore The Needles and Island in the Sky districts and more, all with a window-seat view!

up to 1 hrs 2 to 14 people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Moab Travel Experts
  • Tour duration is approximately 1 hour. Arrive 20 minutes prior to the tour's departure time.
  • Maximum of 9 people per flight.
  • Suitable for all ages! Booster pillows are provided for children ages 2+ who need their own seats.
  • Includes headsets and live commentary onboard (English only).
  • If prone to motion sickness, anti-nausea medication is advised.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Redtail Air is the only air carrier with permits to fly directly over Arches and Canyonlands National Parks!


from Canyonlands National Park Scenic Airplane Tour
This spectacular small plane Canyonlands tour will carry you above the fantastic scenery of the northern district of Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky. Majestic 1,000-foot-high cliffs rise above the Colorado and Green Rivers, which border it on either side. Serpentine drainage systems are carved into the terrain below the cliffs. Upheaval Dome can be seen at its northern end; the Confluence of the two rivers forms the district’s southernmost point.

Then on to The Needles district, the most fanciful and colorful portion of Canyonlands. Pink and white bands can be seen in its many spires and cliffs, and it is the home of some of the most remote and famous arches of canyon country. Difficult to reach by hiking and extremely beautiful, Angel Arch and Druid Arches are the best known. Elephant Arch, Kirk Arch, Wedding Ring Arch, and Castle Arch, hidden away in the backcountry, are also included. Photographic opportunities abound!

Hiking to these arches would take several multi-day permitted visits and are beyond the physical reach of many people. On this flight, you will see them all—jewels among the many wondrous features of this national park. And unlike hikers, you will see their magnificent surroundings with a bird’s-eye view of the vastness of this remarkable portion of the earth. A unique and special opportunity awaits you on this Canyonlands National Park tour.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Canyonlands National Park Scenic Airplane Tour

What is Redtail's hours of operation?

Redtail Air flies year-round, depending upon the weather and type of tour. Hours of operation are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm in season and 9:00 am – 5:00 pm during the winter season. Check the ticket section above to see the Canyonlands and Arches Air Tour availability on your preferred dates.

Where does this Moab airplane tour depart?

This tour departs from Canyonlands Field Airport, located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Moab. Check in at the Redtail Aviation counter at 94 W Aviation Way, Moab, UT 84532.

How long is the tour?

This loop flight is approximately one hour and will return to its original departure point.

When should we arrive?

Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled flight departure time.

Is this tour age-appropriate?

All ages are welcome on Redtail's flights, especially on this Canyonlands tour! Children over 24 months must sit in their own seats on the plane. Booster pillows are provided by Redtail Air.

What if I get sick on the flight?

Paper bags are available on all Redtail's flights for passengers feeling queasy. Support bands are available at check-in upon request. Bring anti-nausea medication if you are prone to motion sickness.

Do we actually fly over the national parks?

Yes! This tour will take you over Canyonlands National Park where you'll see The Needles, Island in the Sky and River districts, Upheaval Dome, and more.

Are pets allowed on this flight?

Sorry, per FAA regulations, pets are not allowed on the plane. Service animals are allowed with proper documentation indicating that the animal is a service animal.

Is there parking?

Parking is available at the airport free of charge.

What should we wear?

Comfortable clothes and a light jacket is recommended.

What should we bring?

Water, a light jacket, a camera and a smile..

What if I'm running late?

Redtail's aircraft are scheduled for exact departure times. However, they will do their best to accommodate passengers running late. If you are running late, please get in touch with Redtail Air at the number listed on your e-ticket.

Can we bring alcohol?

No, alcohol is not allowed on Redtail's aircrafts.

How many people can fit in a tour?

This is a small plane tour. The minimum number of passengers on a flight is two and the maximum is 9 people per aircraft.

Is the onboard commentary available in other languages?

Flights are narrated in English only.

Can this tour accommodate persons with disabilities?

For passengers who may need special assistance, please note any special requests in the tickets' comment section above when booking your reservation.

Can I go on this tour if I'm pregnant?

Yes, women who are expecting are welcome on this tour.

Will there be bathroom breaks?

Redtail's airplanes do not contain restrooms, so please use the restrooms in the terminal prior to your scheduled departure.

What is the tipping policy?

Tips are entirely at a passenger’s discretion, however, if you received great service on your flight then Redtail's pilots will certainly appreciate a gratuity!

What's the weather policy if it rains?

You will still be able to take the tour if it rains, but on the rare occasion, your flight may be canceled due to weather conditions. In those situations, they will work with you to reschedule your flight.