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 »
With stunning aerial footage and time-lapse photography, this 15-minute video showcases the landscape of sculpted rock known as Canyonlands. A brief overview of the area's geology, natural and cultural resources, as well as recreational opportunities provides a great introduction to the park. This video is also shown at the Island in the Sky and Needles district visitor centers.
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Wilderness of Rock [43mb mp4 file]
Did You Know?
The Utah juniper, one of the most common trees in the southwest, has the ability to self-prune. During droughts, these trees will cut off fluids from one or more branches so that the rest of the tree can survive. More...