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 »
Temporary Closure of State Highway 313
On Saturday, May 12, 2012, State Highway 313 will be temporarily closed to vehicles for the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon (a road running race). The road will be closed from the intersection of State Highway 191 to mile marker 11 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
During the closure, access to and from the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands will not be possible via highway 313, which is the only paved road into this area. Alternate routes to the Island in the Sky include the Shafer Trail and Long Canyon Road, which are accessed from State Highway 279 (the Potash Road). High-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended for these roads.
For a map of the this area, visit Google Maps.
Did You Know?
One animal uniquely adapted to life in the desert is the kangaroo rat. This rat lives its entire life consuming nothing but plant matter. Its body produces water by metabolizing the food it eats. More...