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


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  • Some unpaved roads are closed

    Recent rains have caused extensive damage to the Lavender Canyon road, Colorado Overlook road, and the Salt/Horse road. The White Rim Road is impassable from Hardscrabble camp to Upheaval Bottom. Roads will be closed until repairs can be made. More »

  • Extreme Fire Danger

    Due to extremely dry conditions, fire restrictions are in effect in all national park units in Utah. More »

  • New backcountry requirements in effect

    Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »

Current Conditions & Road Status

We do our best to update this page in a timely manner. However, if you're headed into the park and current conditions raise doubts about the accuracy of this information, please contact us.



Scenic Drive: open
Shafer Trail: open
Mineral Bottom: open
White Rim Road: open, with limited access. Impassable from Hardscrabble camp to Upheaval Bottom. Taylor Canyon road is also impassable. Visitors driving the White Rim Road should plan for an "out and back" trip and carry extra fuel.

During the winter months, adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the Shafer Trail at a moment's notice. Please contact the park at 435-719-2100 or 435-259-4712 to check road status before you begin your trip. White Rim permits may also be picked up at park headquarters in Moab (2282 Resource Blvd) Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Scenic Drive: open
Elephant Hill Access Road: open
Colorado River Overlook: impassable
Elephant Hill: open
Lavender Canyon: impassable
Davis Canyon: open
Salt Creek/Horse Canyon: impassable

Even when rated as "passable," conditions on these roads are challenging. Depending on the season, you can expect ice, up to two feet of water, quicksand, and/or debris in the wash that must be negotiated while staying within the boundary of the wash. We recommend traveling in groups of two or more vehicles - both with winches - in order to facilitate self-rescue. Park rangers are unable to winch vehicles out; see note about commercial towing fees at the bottom of the page. Please check at the Needles Visitor Center for permit availability and current conditions.



Highway 24 to Horseshoe Canyon: Passable to all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicles - see below
Highway 24 to Hans Flat: Passable to all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicles
Hans Flat to top of Flint Trail: High-clearance four-wheel-drive
Flint Trail: High-clearance four-wheel-drive
Waterhole Flat to Hite: High-clearance two-wheel-drive

The road from Green River to Horseshoe has been reported as washed out and is not recommended. The road from Highway 24 is currently in good 2 wheel drive condition. Thunderstorm activity can quickly change the road to 4 wheel drive or make it impassable. Due to the heat and low visitation, carry extra water in case you have to wait a day or two for the road to dry out. Cell phone communication is not reliable.

Road conditions in the Maze can change suddenly after a single rainfall. The Maze District roads are challenging and visitors must be prepared with the proper equipment to facilitate self-rescue. Rangers are unable to winch vehicles out and commercial towing fees below the Flint Trail start at over $2000.00. Please call the Hans Flat Ranger Station at 435-259-2652 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm for updated road information before embarking on a trip to this district.


Backcountry Travel Advisory
Backcountry driving conditions can change rapidly after rain or snow. High-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. All drivers should carry the following items:

• At least one full-size spare tire
• Extra gas
• Extra water
• Shovel
• High-lift jack
• Chains for all four tires (especially from October through April)

Drive Carefully!
Visitors caught in the backcountry with disabled vehicles can expect commercial towing fees in excess of $1,000. Most backcountry roads in Canyonlands require high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Did You Know?

Juniper Berries

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...