Backcountry Travel Planner

Choose Your Adventure

Wondering what you can do in the Canyonlands backcountry? This is the page for you. To have a safe and enjoyable trip, you will need to prepare and plan ahead. Use this page to plan your trip, learn about safety and regulations, and get a permit.

 

Things to Do | Maps | Who Needs a Permit? | Regulations | Begin Your Permit Reservation

Canyonlands National Park is an expansive natural landscape that invites exploration. People come from all over the world to explore the canyons, mesas, rivers, and wilderness in the park. The Green and Colorado rivers divide the park into four major districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. Use this backcountry planner to find the best trip for you.

 

Things to Do

 
an orange Jeep driving over a steep, rocky surface

Four-Wheel-Driving

There are hundreds of miles four-wheel-drive roads in the park. You may need a permit on some of these roads.

a group of bicyclists on a gravel road

Bicycling

Mountain bikers may travel any of the hundreds of miles of roads in the park. You may need a permit to ride some of these roads.

a backpacker stands on a ledge overlooking a canyon

Hiking and Backpacking

Canyonlands has hundreds of miles of hiking trails with designated backcountry campsites. You will need a permit for overnight trips.

A boater rowing a dory on the river

Boating

The Green and Colorado rivers offer miles of both flat-water and white-water boating.Permits are required.

 

Maps

Not sure about where you want to go? Take a look at these district roads and trails guides. Look up road and trail distances, and find locations of campsites and backcountry zones.

Island in the Sky Roads and Trails

The Needles Roads and Trails

The Maze and Orange Cliffs Roads and Trails

 

Who Needs a Permit?

Four-wheel-drive vehicle, bicycle, or motorcycle permits are required for:

Backpacking permits are required for:

Backpackers planning to use a packraft to travel on the rivers may have additional requirements.
Read more about packraft requirements.

River permits are required for:

  • All overnight river trips.
  • Day-use travel through Cataract Canyon.
  • Backpackers camping within a half mile of the river, or using a packraft to travel more than two miles on the river.
 

Regulations

You are responsible for knowing and following these regulations on your backcountry trip.

General Backcountry Regulations

River Regulations

Horse and Pack Regulations

Toilet Requirements
for all river trips, all Maze vehicle campsites, New Bates Wilson campsite, Peekaboo campsite

 

Begin Your Reservation

Make sure you have reviewed information on this page before starting your reservation. When you click the button below, you will enter the permitting website.

Start a Backcountry Reservation

Last updated: October 13, 2017

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Moab, UT 84532

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