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369 mi 594 km of trail 5 Featured Hikes

Gems 5 Gems Easy Trails 55 Trails Intermediate Trails 28 Trails Hard Trails 7 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:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

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 atrecreation.gov or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.

  • Willow Flat: Amenities include vault toilets, fire grates, and picnic tables.
  • Squaw Flat: 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.

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.

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.

Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.

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.

Maps & Guidebooks

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

Gems in Canyonlands National Park - 5

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gem Favorite Washerwoman Arch From the Mesa Arch Trail

Mesa Arch

(27) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Beautiful views shortly before the final ascent to Druid Arch.

Druid Arch

(6) Monticello, UT
gem Favorite Needles District. with permission from Nick Terrett

Squaw Canyon Overlook

(4) Monticello, UT
gem Favorite Upheaval Dome from the overlook

Upheaval Dome

(11) Moab, UT
gem Favorite A mere 1,000 feet away from the river, straight up!

Canyonlands Confluence Hidden Overlook

(5) Moab, UT

Featured Hikes in Canyonlands National Park - 5

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Favorite Beautiful views shortly before the final ascent to Druid Arch.
Intermediate/Difficult

Druid Arch

10.2 mi 16.4 km • Out and Back • 1,018 ft Ascent 310.19 m Ascent

(27) Moab, UT
Favorite Needles District. with permission from Nick Terrett
Intermediate/Difficult

Big Spring Canyon/Squaw Canyon Loop

7.0 mi 11.3 km • Loop • 610 ft Ascent 185.93 m Ascent

(24) Moab, UT
Favorite The First Overlook provides a stunning view of the surrounding rock strata.
Easy/Intermediate

Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail

1.4 mi 2.3 km • Loop • 278 ft Ascent 84.69 m Ascent

(32) Moab, UT
Favorite Sentinels.
Intermediate

The Great Gallery

7.2 mi 11.6 km • Loop • 764 ft Ascent 232.86 m Ascent

(9) Moab, UT
Favorite Enjoy a stunning desert view from the Whale Rock Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Whale Rock Trail

0.5 mi 0.9 km • Loop • 78 ft Ascent 23.71 m Ascent

(15) Moab, UT

Trails in Canyonlands National Park - 85

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0.7 mi 1.1 km #1Mesa Arch Trail
Easy
Moab, UT
Easy
0.7 mi 1.1 km Moab, UT 51 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #2Grandview Point Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.5 km Moab, UT 27 
2.1 mi 3.4 km #3Chesler Park Trail
Intermediate
Monticello, UT
Intermediate
2.1 mi 3.4 km Monticello, UT 18 
7.9 mi 12.8 km #4Syncline Loop Trail
Difficult
Moab, UT
Difficult
7.9 mi 12.8 km Moab, UT 16 
5.9 mi 9.5 km #5Lathrop Canyon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Moab, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
5.9 mi 9.5 km Moab, UT 12 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #6Joint Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Monticello, UT
Easy/Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.3 km Monticello, UT 11 
4.3 mi 6.9 km #7Murphy Hogback Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Moab, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
4.3 mi 6.9 km Moab, UT
3.8 mi 6.2 km #8Lathrop Canyon Road
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
3.8 mi 6.2 km Moab, UT
5.7 mi 9.2 km #9Alcove Spring Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Moab, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
5.7 mi 9.2 km Moab, UT
21.9 mi 35.2 km #10Salt Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Monticello, UT
Easy/Intermediate
21.9 mi 35.2 km Monticello, UT
0.6 mi 0.9 km #11Cave Spring Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
0.6 mi 0.9 km Moab, UT
0.9 mi 1.4 km #12White Rim Overlook Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.4 km Moab, UT
2.0 mi 3.2 km #13Druid Arch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Monticello, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
2.0 mi 3.2 km Monticello, UT
5.4 mi 8.6 km #14Big Spring Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
5.4 mi 8.6 km Moab, UT
1.7 mi 2.8 km #15Slickrock Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.8 km Moab, UT
0.6 mi 1.0 km #16Aztec Butte Trail
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Moab, UT
4.0 mi 6.4 km #17Peekaboo Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Monticello, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
4.0 mi 6.4 km Monticello, UT
4.4 mi 7.1 km #18Devils Kitchen Trail
Intermediate
Monticello, UT
Intermediate
4.4 mi 7.1 km Monticello, UT
4.1 mi 6.6 km #19Squaw Canyon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
4.1 mi 6.6 km Moab, UT
1.8 mi 2.8 km #20Fort Bottom Ruins Trail
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.8 km Moab, UT

Photos of Canyonlands National Park - 164

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Washerwoman Arch From the Mesa Arch Trail
Dec 30, 2018 near Moab, UT
Mesa Arch
Dec 30, 2018 near Moab, UT
Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Nov 10, 2015 near Moab, UT
The La Sal Mountains and Canyonlands National Park from the Lathrop Trail.
Jan 14, 2018 near Moab, UT
There are plenty of vantage points to snap a panorama.
Apr 22, 2017 near Moab, UT
Beautiful views shortly before the final ascent to Druid Arch.
Apr 22, 2017 near Monticello, UT
Druid Arch - Canyonlands NP
Feb 3, 2016 near Monticello, UT
The White Rim from Buck Canyon Overlook
Jul 14, 2015 near Moab, UT

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