• Spires of Cedar Mesa sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)

    Canyonlands

    National Park Utah

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Winter Hours of Operation

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Date: December 5, 2011
Contact: Mary Wilson, (435) 719-2140

Canyonlands National Park is open all year, but visitor center hours of operation change with the arrival of winter.

Island in the Sky
The Island in the Sky Visitor Center will be open open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.

Needles
The Needles Visitor Center will be closed for the winter beginning Sunday, December 4th and reopen to the public on Sunday, February 19th.

During this time, limited park staff will remain on duty in the area. Fees will not be charged for park entrance, overnight camping or backcountry permits in the Needles. Backcountry permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis using a self-registration system outside the visitor center.

Maze
The Hans Flat Ranger Station will be open open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.

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...