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

    Canyonlands

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    Recent rains have caused extensive damage to some roads in the Needles District and some of the roads into the Maze District. More »

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    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 »

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Ranger-led Programs

Overlook talk at Grand View Point
Overlook talk at Grand View Point
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Rangers present a variety of interpretive programs March through October at the Island in the Sky and Needles districts. Schedules and times vary so please check visitor center and campground bulletin boards for current listings. Programs may be cancelled due to staffing or weather.

Program Schedule:

The Island in the Sky District currently offers four programs daily. Geology presentations are offered at Grand View Point at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and short ranger talks are offered at the visitor center at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Beginning September 7, 2014, we will be offering a special guided walk to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Canyonlands National Park. That walk will take place along the Grand View Point Trail from 1-2:30 p.m. every day through September 30. Rangers also offer the occasional night sky program. You can find more information about those programs here.

The Needles District offers evening programs at the Squaw Flat Campground most nights of the week. Topics range from exotic plants and astronomy to cowboys and explorers; most programs last about one hour.

The Maze District offers guided hikes in Horseshoe Canyon most weekends during spring and fall.

Did You Know?

Collared Lizard

Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals in Canyonlands. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. Scientists believe this and other behaviors signal dominance and facilitate courtship.