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These publications are freely distributed by the National Park Service. All require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing. Many more publications are available through the bookstore.


  • Visitor Guide [2mb PDF file]
    The official newspaper of Canyonlands National Park. Eight pages of feature articles and visit recommendations. Includes maps of Island in the Sky and Needles.
  • Backcountry Trip Planner [2mb PDF File]
    An eight-page guide to backcountry travel in Canyonlands. Includes full park map.
District Guides

Foreign Language Brochures
The Canyonlands official map and guide is available in the following languages:

Reservation Forms

Administrative History [20mb PDF File]
From Controversy to Compromise to Cooperation: The Administrative History of Canyonlands National Park offers an in-depth look at how the park was created and the events that have shaped it. 311 pages.

Bear Safety [700k PDF File]
Did you know that Canyonlands is bear country? Black bears wander into the park from nearby mountains, and have been spotted in the Needles, the Maze and along the Colorado River.

Bighorn Sheep [180k PDF File]
A brief overview of one of the park's fascinating mammals. Includes an observation form.

Cultural History [112k PDF File]
Introduction to Canyonland's human history from prehistoric times to the present.

Geology [140k PDF File]
An overview of the geology of Canyonlands and the surrounding area. Includes cliff profile/depositional sequence.

Gnats [122k PDF File]
A little background information on one of the park's least favorite insects.

Horseshoe Canyon [783k PDF File]
Introduction to the cultural history of Horseshoe Canyon. Includes map of access roads.

Junior Ranger Booklet [2.5mb PDF File]
Filled with fun activities, these 24-page booklets reveal the wonders of Canyonlands to kids and parents alike.

Natural History [121k PDF File]
Introduction to the plants, animals and other features found in Canyonlands.

Outdoor Education Curriculum [various PDF files]
Curriculum materials used by Canyon Country Outdoor Education. Includes over 100 science activities for grades one through six.

Pack and Saddle Stock Use [91k PDF file]
People have explored canyon country on horseback for many years. However, due to concerns about disease transmission from stock to wild animals, special regulations apply for visitors wishing to ride in the park.

Park Proposal
Published by the Department of the Interior in 1962 as part of the Canyonlands park campaign, this short booklet probably introduced many lawmakers to the region [5.5mb PDF File].

The Archeology of Horseshoe Canyon [1mb PDF File]
An in-depth look at the fascinating archeology of Horseshoe Canyon. 74 pages with photos (screen quality only).

Upheaval Dome [255k PDF File]
Introduction to the two theories on how Upheaval Dome came to be as well as trail and safety information for this popular hike. Includes basic map.

Did You Know?

Summer Monsoon

Much of canyon country's annual precipitation falls during summer monsoons. These dramatic storms often last less than twenty minutes but can cause powerful flash floods despite their brevity.