What are the best things to see and do in Canyon Point?

Hayley Bosch

Located at the Utah-Arizona border, Canyon Point is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, this Utah oasis features great hiking, spectacular natural wonders and views that stretch as far as the eye can see. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editor picks for the best things to see and do in Canyon Point:
 
1. Take a hike. Canyon Point sits within the United States’ Four Corners region and offers some of the nation’s best hiking. Trails range from beginner to advanced and can take anywhere from one to five hours. Set out on the Cave Trail for a taste of one of the better known hikes in the area, which brings you to Ulrike’s Cave. Or, explore the Coyote Trail, where you’ll find great sunset views toward Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
 
2. Gaze at the stars. One of the perks of being in the middle of the desert is that you’re far from the hubbub of big-city life. Here, night skies are so clear you’ll think you’re in a planetarium. Whether you’re from New York or L.A., the glittering stars above Canyon Point are worth the trip.
 
3. Venture to the Grand Canyon. You can’t visit the Four Corners region without exploring the country’s most famous natural wonder. The Grand Canyon is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Canyon Point and is a must-see. Do everything from riding a donkey down the narrow paths to whitewater rafting on the Colorado River.
 
4. Get a spa treatment. We can’t think of better way to relax in Canyon Point than at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Amangiri’s spa. The Aman Spa at Amangiri blends beautifully into the surrounding rock formations, offering a deep sense of awe and relaxation. The treatments reflect elements of the Navajo culture and healing traditions.
 
5. Explore the national parks. Canyon Point is surrounded by national parks, many of which offer stunning views of the surrounding desert. In addition to Grand Canyon National Park, this Utah town is also near Zion National Park (home to a diverse plant and animal population), Monument Valley’s iconic sandstone buttes, Bryce Canyon National Park’s hoodoos and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

  • On September 5, 2012
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    What's the best time of the year to visit Canyon Point?

    Sitting in the center of Grand Circle, Canyon Point experiences extremes when it comes to weather so the best time of year to visit depends on your preferences. Sure, it’s the desert, but that doesn’t mean it’s always hot. In the winter (December and January) you’ll find temperatures dropping to an average high between 30 F and 40 F with cold nights and an occasional light snowfall. When southern Utah welcomes spring, you’ll find crisp days in the 50s and 60s with chilly nights. Summer brings the heat during the day, but the evenings are pleasantly refreshing — enough to make you forget about the desert heat. Fall is a lot like spring, with mild days and chilly nights.
     
    Canyon Point has beautiful weather year-round, but target your visit depending on your favorite activities  For example, whitewater rafting is best during the warmer months when the river is flowing and the air is warm. For hiking, we suggest booking a trip during the spring or fall for ideal temperatures. If you’re really heading to the desert to sunbathe, the summers are great — but don’t forget sunscreen.
  • On September 5, 2012
    Hayley Bosch answered the question: Hayley Bosch

    How close is Canyon Point to the Grand Canyon?

    From Canyon Point it’s a bit of a hike to the Grand Canyon — or, more accurately, a two-and-a-half hour drive each way. On the plus side, the drive through this sun-washed desert landscape is about as picture perfect as driving gets — and the journey is definitely worth it when you lay your eyes on the Grand Canyon. If you’re lucky enough to snag a room at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Amangiri, the Canyon Point resort offers transportation to the Grand Canyon for guests. Book an activity (say, a hike, horseback ride or whitewater rafting) and transportation to and from the Grand Canyon is included.
  • On September 5, 2012
    Hayley Bosch answered the question: Hayley Bosch

    What are the best things to see and do in Canyon Point?

    Located at the Utah-Arizona border, Canyon Point is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, this Utah oasis features great hiking, spectacular natural wonders and views that stretch as far as the eye can see. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editor picks for the best things to see and do in Canyon Point:
     
    1. Take a hike. Canyon Point sits within the United States’ Four Corners region and offers some of the nation’s best hiking. Trails range from beginner to advanced and can take anywhere from one to five hours. Set out on the Cave Trail for a taste of one of the better known hikes in the area, which brings you to Ulrike’s Cave. Or, explore the Coyote Trail, where you’ll find great sunset views toward Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
     
    2. Gaze at the stars. One of the perks of being in the middle of the desert is that you’re far from the hubbub of big-city life. Here, night skies are so clear you’ll think you’re in a planetarium. Whether you’re from New York or L.A., the glittering stars above Canyon Point are worth the trip.
     
    3. Venture to the Grand Canyon. You can’t visit the Four Corners region without exploring the country’s most famous natural wonder. The Grand Canyon is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Canyon Point and is a must-see. Do everything from riding a donkey down the narrow paths to whitewater rafting on the Colorado River.
     
    4. Get a spa treatment. We can’t think of better way to relax in Canyon Point than at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Amangiri’s spa. The Aman Spa at Amangiri blends beautifully into the surrounding rock formations, offering a deep sense of awe and relaxation. The treatments reflect elements of the Navajo culture and healing traditions.
     
    5. Explore the national parks. Canyon Point is surrounded by national parks, many of which offer stunning views of the surrounding desert. In addition to Grand Canyon National Park, this Utah town is also near Zion National Park (home to a diverse plant and animal population), Monument Valley’s iconic sandstone buttes, Bryce Canyon National Park’s hoodoos and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
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