Camping

Developed Campgrounds

Canyonlands National Park has two developed campgrounds, one at Island in the Sky, and one at The Needles. Sites at Island in the Sky are first-come, first-served. Some sites at The Needles are open for reservation in spring and fall.

Campground Sites Nightly Fee Description
Island in the Sky 12 $15 Picnic tables, fire grates and vault toilets.
No water. First-come, first served.
The Needles 26 $20 Picnic tables, fire grates, tent pads, flush toilets.
Water is available year-round.
Loop A is reservable in spring and fall (see below).
Loop B is first-come, first-served.

  • Group size limit: 10 people / 2 vehicles
  • Maximum RV length: 28 feet
Campgrounds typically fill every day from late March through June, and again from early September to mid-October.

 

Accessible Campsites

  • Island in the Sky Campground (1 accessible site): We will hold the accessible campsite at Willow Flat for use only by people with disabilities.
  • The Needles Campground (2 accessible sites): We will hold both campsites for people with disabilities until 8 pm (6 pm in the off-season). If, after 8 pm, the accessible sites are the only empty sites remaining, we will release one site to any visitor for one night only.

 

Needles Campground Reservations

Individual Sites

You can reserve individual campsites in Loop A of the Needles campground up to six months in advance. To make a reservation, visit www.recreation.gov, or call 877-444-6777, 877-833-6777 (TDD), or +1 518-885-3639 (International).

Loop A

  • January 1 - March 14: First-come, first-served
  • March 15 - June 30: Open for reservations (14 sites)
  • July 1 - August 31: First-come, first-served
  • September 1 - October 31: Open for reservations (14 sites)
  • November 1 - December 31: First-come, first-served

Loop B

  • Spring through Fall: First-come, first-served
  • Winter: Closed
 

Group Sites

Groups of 11 or more people may reserve campsites at The Needles. You can reserve nights between March 15 and November 15. Group sites are not available in winter.

Campsite Size Limit
Needles Group Site 50 people / 10 vehicles
Wooden Shoe Group Site 25 people / 5 vehicles
Split Top Group Site 15 people / 3 vehicles

Group Site Reservations
You can reserve group campsites up to six months in advance. To make a reservation, www.recreation.gov, or call 877-444-6777, 877-833-6777 (TDD), or +1 518-885-3639 (International).

 

Campground Rules

  • Camp only in designated sites.
  • Maximum occupancy: 10 people, 2 vehicles per campsite.
  • Maximum stay: 7 consecutive nights.
  • Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am.
  • Check-out time: 10 am.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Wood fires in grates only. Wood gathering is prohibited. Do not leave garbage in fire grates.
  • Charcoal cooking fires are allowed in fire pans and grills. Place ashes in fire grates.
  • Properly extinguish all fires.
  • Generators may only be used between 8 am and 10 am, or from 4 pm to 8 pm.
 

Backcountry Camping

Canyonlands has an extensive backcountry where people enjoy backpacking, four-wheel driving, boating, bicycling, and more.

Visit our backcountry travel planning page to learn more.

 
Camping Outside Canyonlands

For a listing of public and private campgrounds outside the park, visit discovermoab.com or utahscanyoncountry.com

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) operates many campgrounds in the Moab area. Some accommodate large groups and may be reserved in advance. For more information, visit the BLM's Moab Field Office

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

435-719-2313

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