Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to many common, and some not-so-common questions asked by our visitors. If you feel we've left one out, please let us know!


Can I reserve a campsite?
Sites at the developed campgrounds (Squaw Flat and Willow Flat) are first-come, first-served. You can make reservations for backcountry permits, river permits and for group campsites at The Needles.

What time do the campgrounds fill?
Fill times vary throughout the year. During spring and fall, both campgrounds often fill early in the morning. During summer and winter, they may not fill at all.

What kind of facilities are at the campgrounds?
The Squaw Flat Campground (The Needles) has 26 sites with fire rings, picnic tables, bathrooms, and running water. The Willow Flat Campground (Island in the Sky) has 12 sites with fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilets (no running water). There are no RV hook-ups or dump stations at either campground.

What's the maximum RV length in the campgrounds?
On average, the Squaw Flat and Willow Flat campgrounds will accommodate RVs up to 28 feet long. Squaw Flat (The Needles) has a few sites that will accommodate longer vehicles.

Backcountry & River Permits

How do I get a backcountry permit?
You can get backcountry permits online or at visitor centers. You can reserve permits in advance.

When can I make a reservation?
Reservations must be made no more than four months, and no less than two days, prior to the permit start date. Please visit the backcountry trip planner for more information.

How do I make a reservation?
You can make reservations online at

Can I reserve a permit over the phone?
No, we do not accept reservations by phone.

Where can I get a good map?
We offer several on our maps page. You can get full-size, printed maps from the Canyonlands Natural History Association.

Is there a list for cancellations?
No, we do not maintain a list for cancelled reservations. All cancelled reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I get a river permit?
The reservation office in Moab issues river permits, and you may reserve these in advance.

Is there a lottery for river permits?
No. Essentially, river permits are first-come, first-served after the first business day in January for each calendar year. There are no daily launch limits in Canyonlands, so there is no need to submit mulitiple requests for the same date. If you submit a request, you will get a permit for any date you choose.

What is the river flow?
The US Geological Survey posts river flow information.

What companies offer shuttle services?
For a list of shuttle services to destinations throughout the area, visit

General Information

Are pets allowed in Canyonlands?
Yes, but you may only have your pet in established campgrounds, along paved roads, and parking lots. You may not have them on trails, at overlooks, or in the backcountry, even in a vehicle. Read more about pets.

What facilities or services does Canyonlands offer?
Aside from the visitor centers and bathrooms, there are no facilities in Canyonlands. You can get gas, groceries, lodging and other amenities are available in nearby towns. Read more about goods and services.

Can I ride my ATV in Canyonlands?
No, ATVs are not allowed. More about regulations

What vehicles are suitable for the four-wheel-drive roads in Canyonlands?
We recommend standard four-wheel-drive vehicles, with high-clearance and a low gear range for all four-wheel-drive roads in Canyonlands. Modified vehicles (lift kits, etc.) are not required. If you attempt these roads with low-clearance or all-wheel-drive hatchbacks, sedans or vans, you will run a much greater risk of damaging your vehicle. Towing charges are very expensive. Expect towing fees in excess of $1,000 if you have a disabled vehicle in the backcountry.

Can I get information mailed to me?
Yes, you may request mailed information by contacting us, but all of this information is available on the publications page.

Where can I get extra brochures?
Canyonlands Natural History Association operates the bookstores in our visitor center and sells the official park brochure that is handed out at entrance stations.

Where can I buy an item I saw in your visitor center?
Canyonlands Natural History Association operates the bookstores in our visitor centers.

Does the park close at night?
No, the park never closes. Spring through fall, visitor centers are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours in the summer. Operating Hours and Seasons

How do I get an entrance fee waiver?
If you are an educational group whose visit is educational rather than recreational, you can apply for a fee waiver

What is the weather?
Current weather and local forecasts are available from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Salt Lake City.

Will my cell phone work in Canyonlands?
Cell phone coverage is poor to nonexistent throughout Canyonlands. Satellite phones are the only reliable means of communication, especially in the river corridors and tributary canyons. More...

Can I volunteer at Canyonlands?
Yes! The National Park Service needs volunteers throughout the year to assist with all aspects of park management. More about volunteering

How do I get a job at Canyonlands?
Canyonlands hires a variety of both seasonal and permanent positions. More about working with us

Can I get married in Canyonlands?
Yes, though you'll need a special use permit.

Can I film a movie in Canyonlands?
All commercial photography and filming requires a special use permit.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532



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