Winter Visitor Center Hours and Closure
Contact: Mary Wilson, (435) 719-2140
Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are open all year, but the parks' visitor centers' hours of operation change with the arrival of winter.
The Arches National Park Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this winter, except for Christmas Day when it will be closed.
The Island in the Sky Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days.
Canyonlands National Park's Needles Visitor Center is also open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through Saturday, December 3rd, and closed Thanksgiving Day. The Visitor Center will be closed for the winter beginning Sunday, December 4th and reopen to the public on Sunday, February 19th. Law enforcement and other staff will remain on duty in the area.
Visitors wishing to stay overnight in the Needles backcountry this winter may obtain their backcountry permits from the park's Central Reservation Office (435-259-4351) at Park Headquarters located at 2282 S. West Resource Blvd. The Central Reservation Office is open Monday through Friday (except federal holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Advanced reservation permits can be sent via U.S. Mail or faxed with sufficient lead time. Those visitors unable to obtain their permits from the Central Reservation Office are asked to self register for their backcountry trip on the front porch of the Needles Visitor Center.
Visitor services (lodging, food, water, etc.) are not available in Canyonlands National Park. Winter visitors to the park need to be well equipped with all necessities.
Did You Know?
Edward Abbey worked as a seasonal park ranger at Arches in the late 1950s. His 1968 memoir of this experience, "Desert Solitaire," has become a classic of desert literature.