Laws & Policies

Park Regulations
All visitors should know a few basic ways their actions can help preserve Canyonlands. Anyone exploring into the backcountry on an overnight permit should also be aware of the following:

Superintendent's Compendium
This document lists the special designations, closures, permit requirements, public use limits, and other restrictions made at the superintendent's discretion. The compendium is updated annually and augments what is contained in the Code of Federal Regulations and other applicable federal statutes and regulations.

Expanded Bear Container Requirement signed June 18, 2018
Superintendent's determination expanding required use of hard-sided bear canisters in The Needles district between June 25, 2018, and November 30, 2018.

Four-Wheel-Drive Requirement Determination, signed July 31, 2014
Superintendent's determination requiring 4WD vehicles for certain roads in Canyonlands

Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) / All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) Determination, signed September 12, 2008
Superintendent's determination prohibiting OHV/ATV use in Southeast Utah Group parks

Activities on Arches Determination, signed September 29, 2014
Superintendent's determination prohibiting walking, climbing, rappelling, or scrambling on arches in Arches and Canyonlands

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Determination, signed August 15, 2014
Superintendent's determination prohibiting unmanned aircraft in Southeast Utah Group parks

Backcountry Management Plan, January 1995
Guidance for the backcountry program at Canyonlands.

These memoranda provide guidance in the interpretation and implementation of park policies and regulations.

A-9: Technical Rock Climbing and Canyoneering

H-1: Cultural site information disclosure policy

H-2: Collecting of park resources

N-1: Horse and pack animal policy

N-2: Off-highway motor vehicle regulations for backcountry use

N-4: Administrative access and fee waivers for researchers

W-1: Transit to Bobby's Hole via the park when Cathedral Butte road is closed due to inclement weather

W-2: Segway Guidance



Using firearms is prohibited in the park. However, as of February 22, 2010, federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. Federal law also prohibits firearms in federal facilities. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, visitors can review the weapons code for Utah.

Last updated: May 29, 2019

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