• 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 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.



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.



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.



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...