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 5/29/2015 [896k PDF]
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.

Backcountry Management Plan [138k PDF]
Published in 1995, the intent of this plan was to develop backcountry management strategies to protect park resources, provide for high quality visitor experiences, and be flexible to deal with changing conditions.

Burned Area in Salt Creek Closed to Camping 08/15/2016 [130 kb PDF file]
Camping closure of a 20-acre area surrounding the junction of Salt Creek and Angel Arch Canyon.

Four-Wheel-Drive Requirement Determination [90.7kb PDF file]
Superintendent's determination requiring 4WD vehicles for certain roads in Canyonlands

Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) / All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) Determination [127k PDF file]
Superintendent's determination prohibiting OHV/ATV use in Southeast Utah Group parks

Activities on Arches Determination [1.48MB PDF file]
Superintendent's determination prohibiting walking, climbing, rappelling, or scrambling on arches in Arches and Canyonlands

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Determination [923k PDF file]
Superintendent's determination prohibiting unmanned aircraft in Southeast Utah Group parks

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

F-2: Fee collection procedures
09/15/1998 [51k PDF file]

H-1: Cultural site information disclosure policy (currently under review)
04/01/2005 [38k PDF file]

H-2: Collecting of park resources
02/15/2011 [936k PDF file]

H-3: Use of the Southeast Utah Group archives
05/05/1998 [3k PDF file]

L-1: Group campsite reservations
04/02/1998 [14k PDF file]

N-1: Horse and pack animal policy
03/20/1995 [13k PDF file]

N-2: Off-highway motor vehicle regulations for backcountry use
02/03/2006 [19k PDF file]

N-4: Administrative access and fee waivers for researchers
09/19/1995 [12k PDF file]

W-1: Transit to Bobby's Hole via the park when Cathedral Butte road is closed due to inclement weather
06/20/1997 [5k PDF file]

W-2: Segway Guidance
09/14/2007 [27k PDF file]

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. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website. Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

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