• Spires of Cedar Mesa sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)

    Canyonlands

    National Park Utah

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  • Some unpaved roads are closed

    Recent rains have caused extensive damage to some roads in the Needles District and some of the roads into the Maze District. More »

  • Safety in Bear Country

    Black bears have been seen in the Needles, Maze, and along the Colorado River. Be alert and store food and garbage properly: in hard-sided, latched containers (or your vehicle) when not being prepared or consumed. More »

  • New backcountry requirements in effect

    Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »

Field Trips

A variety of opportunities are available to educational groups visiting the park. Please be aware that ranger program schedules and visitor center hours of operation change throughout the year. Once you have explored these pages, contact us via the park information line (435-719-2100) or via email if you have further questions regarding your trip logistics.


Canyonlands collects a park entrance fee, but education groups may apply to have that fee waived. Fee waivers do not affect campground or permit fees that a group may incur.

Spring through fall, ranger programs are offered to the public on a regular schedule. There is no need to pre-register for short guided walks, patio talks or campground talks. At this time, we cannot accommodate requests for special private tours.

Non-commercial educational groups may hike together on all park trails. For groups larger than ~20 people, breaking into smaller groups is appreciated by other hikers.

The Needles Squaw Flat Campground offers three campsites for groups of 11 or more people that may be reserved in advance. Additional sites at Needles or Island in the Sky's Willow Flats Campground are available first-come, first-served. Educational fee-waivers do not affect these fees.

Non-commercial educational groups may also obtain a permit to occupy a backcountry campsite. Educational fee-waivers do not affect these permit fees.

Successfully teaching outdoors requires all the skills of the classroom, plus some additional considerations.

Did You Know?

Rapids in Cataract Canyon

The highest recently recorded flow in Cataract Canyon is 114,900 cfs in 1984. However, scientists dating driftwood piles estimate that in 1884, the river may have reached 225,000 cfs. More...