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Things To Know Before You Come

Getting Around
Travel to Canyonlands generally requires a car. Once in the park, each district offers different opportunities for exploration. The Island in the Sky is the most accessible district and the easiest to visit in a short period of time. All other destinations require some boating, hiking or four-wheel driving to see the area's main attractions. Do not rely on GPS units to guide you into the park.

Food, gas, lodging and similar services are not available in Canyonlands. These are available in nearby towns like Green River, Hanksville, Moab and Monticello. Visit Discover Moab or Utah's Canyon Country for more information.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Do you plan to travel to the park in an alternative fuel vehicle? If so, good for you! Your actions help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. Plan your trip with the Alternative Fueling Station Locator from the Department of Energy. (Search on zip code 84532.)

Weather and Climate
The climate in Canyonlands is extremely dry. Most precipitation falls in early spring and late summer. Summer highs often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with lows in the sixties. Fall and Spring temperatures are milder, with highs in the seventies to eighties. Winter temperatures range from highs in the forties and fifties to lows well below freezing. Snow is usually light to moderate. more...

Did You Know?

Summer Monsoon

Much of canyon country's annual precipitation falls during summer monsoons. These dramatic storms often last less than twenty minutes but can cause powerful flash floods despite their brevity.