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 »
Canyonlands National Park Announces Winter Visitor Center Hours and Closure
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
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?
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...