Canyonlands National Park

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370 mi 596 km of trail 5 Featured Hikes

Gems 4 Gems Easy Trails 56 Trails Intermediate Trails 24 Trails Hard Trails 9 Trails

At times, the incredible canyons and buttes of Canyonlands National Park seem to defy the forces of gravity. Formed over many thousands of years by the persistence of the Colorado River and it's tributaries, the park is a testament to the power of water. While the entire park was carved from the same stark desert scape, there are four distinct regions of Canyonlands: the Maze, the Needles, and the Island in the Sky, in addition to the rivers that divide the park. Each region holds unique beauty and different opportunities for adventure and exploration.

To learn more about about Canyonlands National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitors Centers:
There are three visitors centers in Canyonlands National Park, each of which operate seasonally. More information about specific operating hours can be found here.
  • Island In the Sky Visitor Center: Open early March through late December
  • Needles Visitor Center: Open early March through late December
  • Hans Flat Ranger Station (the Maze): Open year round, 8 am to 4:30 pm

Visiting Tips

Canyonlands National Park is open 24 hours a day, year round. The spring, summer, and fall seasons are the most popular times to visit the park, as temperatures are more moderate. Be aware that summer sun can be intense, and ample water and sun protection is necessary if visiting in the warmer months. During the winter season, services and visitor center hours are reduced.

Fees & Passes:

Camping & Lodging

Canyonlands operates two campgrounds within the park boundaries, Willow Flat at Island in the Sky and Squaw Flat at the Needles. Group sites are available at the Needles. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially from late March through June and from early September through mid-October. Reservations can be made at recreation.gov or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.

  • Willow Flat: $15 per site, per night. Amenities include vault toilets, fire grates, and picnic tables.
  • Squaw Flat: $20 per site, per night. Amenities include potable water, picnic tables, flush toilets, fire grates, and tent pads.

There are no lodges in Canyonlands National Park, although hotel accommodations are available in the nearby towns of Monticello, Moab, or Hanksville, Utah.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Utilizing the Park Rangers onsite can be an insightful way to learn more about Canyonlands National Park. Various ranger-led programs, presentations, and hikes are available at Horseshoe Canyon, Island in the Sky, and the Needles. Special events also occur periodically, so be sure to check the events calendar for more information.

REI Adventures:
REI offers over 30 excursions to America's National Parks. Led by expert guides, these outings take visitors off the beaten path to discover hidden gems that many never see. In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, REI will donate 10% of all proceeds from National Park Adventures to the National Park Foundation.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or rest stops located inside of Canyonlands National Park. Come prepared and bring food and water with you when you visit.

Other Activities

Situated in the Utah desert, Canyonlands National Park offers countless activities for visitors. Whether you're seeking to unwind while hiking or prefer a thrilling ride in an off-road vehicle, you'll be able to find what you're looking for in the park. Nearby high adrenaline activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking and white water rafting are also accessible as are more relaxed activities such as backpacking, stargazing, or horseback riding. Visit Canyonland's website for more information on the park's other activities.

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0.7 mi 1.1 km
#1 Mesa Arch Trail
Moab, UT
0.7 mi 1.1 km Moab, UT
All Clear
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Dry
53 days ago
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Moab, UT
5.9 mi 9.5 km Moab, UT
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Moab, UT
5.7 mi 9.2 km Moab, UT
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Moab, UT
1.8 mi 2.8 km Moab, UT
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7.9 mi 12.8 km
#5 Syncline Loop Trail
Moab, UT
7.9 mi 12.8 km Moab, UT
All Clear
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Dry - Challenging bouldering out of the canyon. Hike clockwise to get shade and cool in afternoon. Pedometer reads about 11 miles.
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2.0 mi 3.3 km
#6 Joint Trail
Monticello, UT
2.0 mi 3.3 km Monticello, UT
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4.1 mi 6.6 km
#7 Squaw Canyon Trail
Moab, UT
4.1 mi 6.6 km Moab, UT
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Moab, UT
5.0 mi 8.1 km Moab, UT
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Moab, UT
0.9 mi 1.5 km Moab, UT
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Monticello, UT
2.1 mi 3.4 km Monticello, UT
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Moab, UT
3.8 mi 6.2 km Moab, UT
All Clear
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Mostly Dry, Some Mud - Wheel marking and loose dirt
71 days ago
Moab, UT
4.3 mi 6.9 km Moab, UT
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2.0 mi 3.2 km
#13 Druid Arch Trail
Monticello, UT
2.0 mi 3.2 km Monticello, UT
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Moab, UT
5.4 mi 8.6 km Moab, UT
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0.6 mi 1.0 km
#15 Aztec Butte Trail
Moab, UT
0.6 mi 1.0 km Moab, UT
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5.7 mi 9.2 km
#16 Neck Spring Trail
Moab, UT
5.7 mi 9.2 km Moab, UT
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Moab, UT
5.2 mi 8.3 km Moab, UT
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3.3 mi 5.4 km
#18 Lost Canyon Trail
Monticello, UT
3.3 mi 5.4 km Monticello, UT
All Clear
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Dry - Great loop trail. Hike clockwise. Some bouldering out. Amazing views all along the way, follow the trail carefully in washes
5 days ago
Moab, UT
0.9 mi 1.4 km Moab, UT
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Monticello, UT
4.8 mi 7.8 km Monticello, UT
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