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


    National Park Utah

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: closed
Mineral Bottom: open
White Rim Road: open, with caution
The White Rim Road is in rough condition, especially from Murphy Hogback to the western park boundary. It is very likely that vehicles without a 4-Low gear will not be able to complete the loop in its entirety. If you are going to attempt to drive the road in a vehicle that does not have a 4-Low gear, carry extra fuel and be prepared to self-rescue. During winter, all vehicles are advised to carry chains.

Spring through fall, please contact Island in the Sky Visitor Center at 435-259-4712 ext. 0 to check road status before you begin your trip.



Scenic Drive: open
Elephant Hill Access Road: dry, passable to 2WD vehicles
Colorado River Overlook: open
Elephant Hill: open
Lavender Canyon: impassable
Salt Creek/Horse Canyon: impassable

Even when rated as "passable," conditions on the four-wheel-drive roads in the Needles are challenging. Depending on the season, you can expect ice, up to two feet of water, quicksand, and/or debris that must be negotiated while staying within the boundary of the road. 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.

Spring through fall, contact Needles Visitor Center (435-259-4711 ext.0) for current conditions before starting your trip.



Green River to Horseshoe Canyon: passable to high-clearance four-wheel-drive
Highway 24 to Horseshoe Canyon:
passable to two-wheel-drive -- see comment below
Highway 24 to Hans Flat: passable to two-wheel-drive
Hans Flat to top of Flint Trail: passable to high-clearance two-wheel-drive
Flint Trail: passable to high-clearance four-wheel-drive.

Waterhole Flat to Hite: Passable to high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicles

Snow and rain can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition or make them impassable. Due to the cold and low visitation, carry extra supplies in case you have to wait a day or two for the road to dry out or for assistance. 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 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.

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