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Laws & Policies

Park Regulations
All visitors should know a few basic ways their actions can help preserve Canyonlands. Anyone exploring into the backcountry on an overnight permit should also be aware of the following:

Superintendent's Compendium
This document lists the special designations, closures, permit requirements, public use limits, and other restrictions made at the superintendent's discretion. The compendium is updated annually and augments what is contained in the Code of Federal Regulations and other applicable federal statutes and regulations [56k PDF file].

Superintendent's Directives

These memoranda provide guidance in the interpretation and implementation of park policies and regulations.

A-9: Rock climbing policy (currently under review)
03/14/1995 [11k PDF file]

F-2: Fee collection procedures
09/15/1998 [51k PDF file]

H-1: Cultural site information disclosure policy (currently under review)
04/01/2005 [38k PDF file]

H-2: Collecting of park resources
02/15/2011 [936k PDF file]

H-3: Use of the Southeast Utah Group archives
05/05/1998 [3k PDF file]

L-1: Group campsite reservations
04/02/1998 [14k PDF file]

N-1: Horse and pack animal policy
03/20/1995 [13k PDF file]

N-2: Off-highway motor vehicle regulations for backcountry use
02/03/2006 [19k PDF file]

N-4: Administrative access and fee waivers for researchers
09/19/1995 [12k PDF file]

W-1: Transit to Bobby's Hole via the park when Cathedral Butte road is closed due to inclement weather
06/20/1997 [5k PDF file]

W-2: Segway Guidance
09/14/2007 [27k PDF file]

 
Firearms

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Did You Know?

Pinyon Pine

Pinyon pines do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new pine trees instead of a quick meal. More...