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

COVID-19 note: Backcountry and river day use permits may be obtained online. All overnight permits must be requested online at least two days before start of trip.The information below is for normal operations. Because of phased reopening, some of the information below may not match current operations.

three hikers on smooth sandstone in front of looming red cliffs

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.


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Things to Do

an orange Jeep driving over a steep, rocky surface


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


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 red dory on a river


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

Ranger assists a visitor at the permits desk.


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

Two signs at the beginning of a trail outline important information.


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

Stacked rocks form a cairn along the trail in Canyonlands National Park.


Your safety is important. Familiarize yourself with some of the potential hazards you may experience during your visit.


Last updated: October 20, 2020

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Moab, UT 84532



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