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

    Canyonlands

    National Park Utah

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  • Some unpaved roads are closed

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

 

ISLAND IN THE SKY

Scenic Drive: open
Shafer Trail: open
Mineral Bottom: open
White Rim Road: open 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-resuce.

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.

 

THE NEEDLES

Scenic Drive: open
Elephant Hill Access Road: open
Colorado River Overlook: open
Elephant Hill: open
Lavender Canyon: impassable
Davis Canyon: open
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 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.

 

THE MAZE

Highway 24 to Horseshoe Canyon: Passable to two-wheel-drive vehicles -- see comment below
Highway 24 to Hans Flat: Passable to two-wheel-drive vehicle
Hans Flat to top of Flint Trail: Passable to high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles
Flint Trail: Passable to high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles. Rougher than normal due to recent storms.
Waterhole Flat to Hite: Passable to high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicles

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
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?

Tadpole Shrimp

Naturally occurring sandstone basins called “potholes” collect rain water and wind-blown sediment, forming tiny ecosystems where a fascinating collection of plants and animals live. Tadpole shrimp, fairy shrimp and many insects can be found in potholes. More...