Latest COVID-19 Update
COVID-19 community transmission level for San Juan County, which includes the Island in the Sky and Needles districts of Canyonlands National Park, is currently at LOW. Therefore, wearing a mask in all federal buildings in those districts is optional.
In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, but visitors should follow signs and instructions from park staff and volunteers. Visitors and employees are always welcome to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.
Facilities Status Update
Currently, the following facilities are open for public access:
Backcountry and river permits may be obtained online. Overnight permits must be requested online at least two days before start of trip. Day use permits may be obtained up to 24 hours in advance of trip start.
When recreating, park visitors should maintain social distance and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. Please do not visit if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19. Park staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Canyonlands National Park
The park is generally open year-round, 24 hours a day.
Each district of Canyonlands has its own visitor center or ranger station. Hours vary by season.
Between March and November, particularly on busy holiday weekends, you may experience long lines at the entrance road, and parking lots at popular trailheads and viewpoints are often full.
The following holidays and weekends are especially busy:
Check traffic conditions outside the park on the Utah Department of Transportation Traffic Site.
Four-wheel-drive roads in Canyonlands range in difficulty from intermediate to extremely technical.
Rain and snow can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition or make them impassable. Check current road conditions.
Developed campgrounds at Island in the Sky and The Needles are open year-round. Sites at Island in the Sky are first-come, first-served. Some sites at The Needles are available for reservation. During spring and fall, the campgrounds usually fill early. Read more about camping in and around Canyonlands.
Last updated: May 30, 2023