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


    National Park Utah

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  • Some unpaved roads are closed

    Recent rains have caused extensive damage to the Lavender Canyon road, Colorado Overlook road, and the Salt/Horse road. The White Rim Road is impassable from Hardscrabble camp to Upheaval Bottom. Roads will be closed until repairs can be made. More »

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    Due to extremely dry conditions, fire restrictions are in effect in all national park units in Utah. More »

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    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?

Collared Lizard

Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals in Canyonlands. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. Scientists believe this and other behaviors signal dominance and facilitate courtship.