• 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 the Lavender Canyon road, Colorado Overlook road, and the Salt/Horse road. The White Rim Road is impassable from Hardscrabble camp to Upheaval Bottom. Roads will be closed until repairs can be made. More »

  • Extreme Fire Danger

    Due to extremely dry conditions, fire restrictions are in effect in all national park units in Utah. More »

  • New backcountry requirements in effect

    Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »

Things To Know Before You Come

Getting Around
Travel to Canyonlands 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. Many other destinations may 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 by 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°F, with lows in the 60s. Fall and spring temperatures are milder, with highs in the 70s to 80s. Winter temperatures range from highs in the 40s to 50s to lows well below freezing. Snow is usually light to moderate. more...

Did You Know?

Biological Soil Crust

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...