Island in the Sky

photo: The view from Green River Overlook

The view from Green River Overlook

NPS Photo by Neal Herbert


The Island in the Sky mesa rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Every overlook offers a different perspective on Canyonlands' spectacular landscape. The Island is the easiest district to visit in a short period of time, offering many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips.


To reach the Island, drive 10 miles (16 km) north of Moab or 22 miles (35 km) south of I-70 on US 191. Turn onto UT 313, and then drive southwest 22 miles (35 km). Driving time to the visitor center from Moab is about 40 minutes.

Visitor Center

The Island in the Sky Visitor Center has exhibits, publications and information available. You can also watch a park orientation video. Water is available seasonally. NOTE: There is no water available elsewhere; bring all that you will need. Check here for current hours of operation.

Interpretive Programs

Rangers present overlook talks and other activities March through October. Check at the visitor center for times and locations.


Sites at Willow Flat Campground are available year-round: first-come, first-served. There are 12 sites with tables, fire grills, and vault toilets. Firewood and water are not available. Sites are $15 per night (Interagency Passes honored).

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