When to Apply
Backcountry permits are issued seven days a week at district visitor centers and the Hans Flat Ranger Station. You can reserve permits in advance (see below). Walk-in permits are available no more than 24 hours before the trip. Permits are issued up to one hour before the close of business each day. Please review the backcountry regulations before obtaining a permit.
How to Apply
Do I Need a Reservation?
Reservations are recommended, but not required. Currently, competition is greatest for White Rim trips during the spring and fall and Needles backpacking trips during spring. For these activities, visitors should apply as early as possible. Campsites and permits not reserved in advance are available first-come, first-served basis at district visitor centers.
Making a Reservation
To check availability or apply for a backcountry permit, visit our online reservation system at canypermits.nps.gov. Once your reservation is processed, you will receive an email with instructions for making a payment online. Once your payment is received, your permit will be sent by email.
You may also print and complete a reservation form and submit it by email, mail or fax. These reservations will be processed when received. Requested sites may not be available if someone reserved the same site online before your printed reservation is processing.
When to Reserve
Reservations can be made no more than four months, and no less than two days, before the permit start date.
Canyonlands charges a nonrefundable reservation fee for each permit. These fees are paid for both walk-in permits and visitors making advance reservations.
Group Size Limit
|Island in the Sky
|Four-Wheel-Drive / Mtn. Bike
||15 people /
|10 people /
|9 people /
You must pay a park entrance fee for Island in the Sky and The Needles at a park entrance station, visitor center, or online via pay.gov. Each vehicle, motorcycle, and individual entering the park by foot or bicycle must pay an entrance fee.
Length of Stay
Overnight permits can be issued for up to 14 consecutive nights. Backpackers may stay up to seven consecutive nights in any one site or zone. Visitors using the designated vehicle camps may stay a maximum of three consecutive nights at a camping area before having to relocate.
For up-to-date road conditions, contact the district visitor centers, road conditions web page, or Reservation Office at (435) 259-4351. Salt Creek and Horse Canyon are often impassable with flash flooding. Peekaboo campsite reservation holders and day-use permit holders must contact the Needles District Visitor Center, (435) 259- 4711 the day of or day prior to trip start date.
Reservations cancelled prior to two days before the trip start date will receive a credit for a future reservation starting within one year. Please call the Reservation Office at (435) 259-4351.
Reservation Office staff are available by phone to answer questions and assist with trip planning Monday through Friday, 8 am to noon (Mountain Time), at (435) 259-4351. When workload permits, phones may be answered until 4 pm. You may also email questions