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 Leave No Trace, safety, and regulations; and get a permit.

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Backcountry & River Trip Orientation

Helpful tips and advice provided in these videos will help you plan your trip and Leave No Trace while out in these pristine areas.


Things to Do

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

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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.

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Hiking and Backpacking

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

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

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Permit Information

Permits are required for all overnight and some day-use backcountry, river, four-wheel-drive vehicle, bicycle, and motorcycle trips.

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You are responsible for knowing and following all General Backcountry, River, Horse and Pack, and Toilet regulations on your trip.

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Boating Information Guide

Check out our complete guide to help you plan and prepare for your river trip at Canyonlands.



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Last updated: February 1, 2023

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2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532



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