|The Needles Backcountry Office
The backcountry office at The Needles Visitor Center will not open until April 30, 2017.
Before April 30, we will only issue walk-in Needles permits at the main Backcountry Office at park headquarters in Moab.
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.
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
Who Needs a Permit?
Four-wheel-drive vehicle, bicycle, or motorcycle permits are required for:
Backpacking permits are required for:
Read more about packraft requirements.
River permits are required for:
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.