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, take US Highway 191 to Utah Highway 313 (10 mi/16 km north of Moab, or 22 mi/35 km south of I-70) and then drive southwest 22 mi/35 km. Driving time to the visitor center from Moab is roughly 40 minutes.

Visitor Center

Exhibits, publications and information are available, and a park orientation video may be viewed. Water is available seasonally. NOTE: no water is available elsewhere; bring all that you will need. Check here for current hours of operation.

Interpretive Programs

Overlook talks and other ranger activities are presented March through October. Check at the visitor center for times and locations.


Willow Flat Campground is open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. There are twelve sites with tables, fire grills and vault toilets. Firewood and water are not available. Sites are $10 per night (Interagency Passes honored).

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