Canyonlands National Park

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34 mi 54 km

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370 mi 595 km

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Gems
4 Gems

Easy Trails
55 Trails
Intermediate Trails
25 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.

Description

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 and 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, Guided Tours, and 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 and Guidebooks

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

Food and 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.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

El Charro Loco ...The al pastor tacos were the meatiest & best flavor ive ever tasted. The burritos are bigger than your head & very meaty(we had the chorizo & chicken--SO DELICIOUS). Cannot wait to come back here!
Paradox Pizza Their garlic knots and orange chocolate mousse are super tasty!
702 S Main St, Moab UT — (435) 259-9999
The Blu Pig & Blu Bar The garlic buffalo wings are soooo good!!!!
811 S Main St, Moab UT — (435) 259-3333
Fiesta Mexicana Just not good. The food isn't terrible, but overall seemed like a non-caring tourist trap.
202 S Main St, Moab UT — (202) 762-4678
Moab Diner Get the incredible kokopelli chicken (covered in their green chili). It comes with potatoes smothered with cheese, green peppers, and bacon - yum! The milkshakes are amazing and enough for 4 to share.
189 S Main St, Moab UT — (435) 259-4006
Zax The absolute WORST iced tea in the history of iced tea.
96 S Main St, Moab UT — (435) 259-6555
Red Rock Bakery Takes forever to get food. I wouldn't come here If you have any sort of agenda.
74 N Main St, Moab UT — (435) 259-5941
Arches Thai large portion sizes! unexpectedly good Thai food.
Sabaku Sushi Everything was spicy.. Spicy good .. Get the Fiery Furnace if on the menu.. Tasty!
90 E Center St, Moab UT — (435) 259-4455
Milt's Stop & Eat great burgers and even better fries
356 Millcreek Dr, Moab UT — (435) 259-7424
Quesadilla Mobilla best food in town...kale quesadilla is amazing
89 N Main St, Moab UT — (435) 260-0289
Jailhouse Cafe Ahem.apple butter.
101 N Main St, Moab UT — (435) 259-3900
Love Muffin Cafe Nice place. Should try it out while in town.
139 N Main St, Moab UT — (435) 259-6833
Wendy's Frosties, dog. All night every night. Can't beat the classic
260 N Main St, Moab UT — (435) 259-2595
Eklecticafe Subbed the eggs with tofu scramble on the Habaneros Rancheros and it was amazing! That green chile is super. Overall the place was truly an oasis in a desert - so charming to just hang out all morning
253 N Main St, Moab UT — (435) 259-6896

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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#9 Joint Trail
Monticello, UT
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Monticello, UT
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#19 Crater Spur Trail
Moab, UT
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#20 Wilhite Trail
Moab, UT
5.8 mi 9.3 km Moab, UT
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