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On-line Reservation of Backcountry Permits

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Date: January 20, 2014
Contact: Keri Nelson, 435-719-2143

On-line Reservations Now Available for Backcountry Permits

A new on-line permit reservation system for Canyonlands National Park is now accepting reservations for all park backcountry permits and Needles District group campsites.

To help visitors more easily plan their trips, the new system replaces the previous method of faxing or mailing reservation application forms and also offers site availability calendars.

Reservations can be made no more than four months, and no less than two days, in advance for the following backcountry permits:
  • Backpacking 
  • Four-wheel-drive/Mountain Bike Camping (e.g. sites along the White Rim Road) 
  • Four-wheel-drive Day Use (e.g. Salt/Horse or Lavender Canyons) 
  • Needles District Frontcountry Group Sites (e.g. Split Top, Wooden Shoe, and Squaw Flat) 
  • River Trips (Cataract Canyon and Flat Water Trips) 
Slots not reserved in advance will be made available in person at the park’s visitor centers and central reservation office on a first-come, first-served basis. Sites will not be set aside to accommodate these in-person permit requests, so reservations are highly recommended.

Read more about park backcountry reservations or access the new reservation system here.

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