About Canyonlands by Night and Day

1861 N Hwy 191, Moab, UT 84532 | Phone: (435) 259-5261 | Hours: 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. | Email: info@canyonlandsbynight.com

Our History

In Southern Utah, exploring the beautiful area surrounding Moab and telling the history of the land is more than an interest—it’s Canyonland by Night and Day’s passion. We’re delighted to see our commitment come to life each and every day in the smiles, discovery, and laughter of our guests. Join us as we celebrate the wonders of the desert and make unforgettable family memories.

At the center of what has become a multi-faceted riverfront business is the world-renowned Sound and Light Show Jet Boat Tour first launched in the early 1960s. The actual program has changed little over the years and is still relevant: Indian stories and legends, a spoken history of Moab pioneers and their conflict with Moab’s Native Americans, and finally a discussion of geology, the natural wonder of the canyons and patriotism.

From the lounge of a 144-seat motorized boat, the stage is southeastern Utah’s night sky, 300 to 500-foot canyon walls, and the mighty Colorado River. Most guests join us before the dusk launch for a cowboy-style Dutch Oven dinner on Canyonlands by Night and Day’s patio north of town. For the three-mile trip upriver cruise, a knowledgeable host points out faces and images nature has carved throughout the canyon, repeating and inventing stories with intelligence and humor. It’s a friendly, relaxing ride; often there are beaver, goats, and mule deer watching their home’s guests. Always there are waterfowl, including the graceful Blue Heron.

The end of the ride upriver marks the beginning of the recorded program, the brainchild of Welton Brooks Winn, a Texan who once ran a light show at Palo Duro State Park in the Panhandle.

“He decided he wanted to do something here,” Preston Paxman relates. “He went back to Texas, built a boat and returned to Moab. We’ve gone through several boats since then, but the show has continued.”

Two Moab residents bought the business in 1976 and the business has grown to provide several different tours to thousands of visitors every year. Canyonlands by Night and Day remains a family-owned company, and you’ll feel the difference the moment you step in the door.

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Canyonlands By Night & Day is a family-owned tour company on the banks of the Colorado River near Moab, Utah! We’ve been providing guests with experiences of a lifetime in the Canyonlands area since 1963.


Toll-Free Reservations: (800) 394-9978
Local Reservations: (435) 259-BOAT

1861 N Hwy 191
Moab, UT 84532

Located north of the Colorado River bridge at the Old Mission Store