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Canyonlands National Park Announces Winter Visitor Center Hours and Closure

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Date: November 28, 2012
Contact: Mary Wilson, 435-719-2140

Canyonlands National Park is open all year, but the park's visitor centers' hours of operation change with the arrival of winter.  

Island in the Sky
The Island in the Sky Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will be closed Christmas and New Year's Days.

Canyonlands National Park's Needles Visitor Center is also open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through Saturday, December 1st. The Visitor Center will be closed for the winter beginning Sunday, December 2nd and reopen to the public on Sunday, February 17th. Law enforcement and other staff will remain on duty in the area.

Visitors wishing to stay overnight in the Needles backcountry this winter may obtain their backcountry permits from the park's Central Reservation Office (435-259-4351) at Park Headquarters located at 2282 S. West Resource Blvd. The Central Reservation Office is open Monday through Friday (except federal holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Advanced reservation permits can be sent via U.S. Mail or faxed with sufficient lead time. Those visitors unable to obtain their permits from the Central Reservation Office are asked to self register for their backcountry trip on the front porch of the Needles Visitor Center.

Visitor services (lodging, food, water, etc.) are not available in Canyonlands National Park. Winter visitors to the park need to be well equipped with all necessities.

Did You Know?

Tadpole Shrimp

Naturally occurring sandstone basins called “potholes” collect rain water and wind-blown sediment, forming tiny ecosystems where a fascinating collection of plants and animals live. Tadpole shrimp, fairy shrimp and many insects can be found in potholes. More...