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.
ISLAND IN THE SKY
Scenic Drive: open
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
Highway 24 to Horseshoe Canyon: Passable to two-wheel-drive vehicles -- see comment below
The road from Green River to Horseshoe Canyon has been reported as passable to high-clearance four-wheel-drive. The road from Highway 24 to Horseshoe Canyon is currently in good two-wheel-drive condition. Thunderstorm activity can quickly change the road to four-wheel-drive condition 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
• At least one full-size spare tire
Did You Know?
The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Canyonlands and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...