Island in the Sky

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A view from Green River Overlook

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The Island in the Sky mesa rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet (304 m) above the surrounding terrain. Every overlook offers a different perspective on Canyonlands' spectacular landscape. Island in the Sky is the easiest area of Canyonlands to visit in a short period of time, offering many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails or four-wheel-drive roads can take you into the backcountry for a few hours or many days.

Location

To reach Island in the Sky, drive 10 miles (16 km) north of Moab or 22 miles (35 km) south of I-70 on US 191. Turn onto UT 313, and then drive southwest 22 miles (35 km). Driving time to the visitor center from Moab is about 40 minutes.

We strongly recommend using a map to reach Island in the Sky. A navigation system may send you the wrong way.

 
A building with a sign in front reading Island in the Sky Visitor Center Canyonlands National Park
The visitor center should be your starting point for a visit to Island in the Sky.

NPS/Chris Wonderly

 


 

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Things to Do at Island in the Sky

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    Rangers present geology talks at Grand View Point spring through fall.

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    Ranger Programs

    Learn more about the natural and cultural resources at Canyonlands National Park. Join a ranger for a talk, hike, or evening program. Check the schedule below for ranger activities at Island in the Sky.

    All program schedules are subject to change. Schedules and times vary, so please check locally at visitor centers and campground bulletin boards for current listings.

    Check a schedule of ranger programs park-wide.

     

    Island in the Sky Ranger Programs

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    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Sunday, April 29, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Monday, April 30, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Tuesday, May 1, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Wednesday, May 2, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Thursday, May 3, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Friday, May 4, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Saturday, May 5, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Sunday, May 6, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Monday, May 7, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Tuesday, May 8, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Wednesday, May 9, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Thursday, May 10, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Friday, May 11, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Saturday, May 12, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Geology Talk

      Sunday, May 13, 2018

      Everyday

      Meet at Grand View Point for a geology talk highlighting the many layers of Canyonlands' rock formations and the processes that made the landscape what it is today.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM,11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Grand View Point
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Sunday, May 13, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Geology Talk

      Monday, May 14, 2018

      Everyday

      Meet at Grand View Point for a geology talk highlighting the many layers of Canyonlands' rock formations and the processes that made the landscape what it is today.

      View Details
      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM,11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Grand View Point
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Monday, May 14, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Geology Talk

      Tuesday, May 15, 2018

      Everyday

      Meet at Grand View Point for a geology talk highlighting the many layers of Canyonlands' rock formations and the processes that made the landscape what it is today.

      View Details
      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM,11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Grand View Point
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Patio Talk

      Tuesday, May 15, 2018

      Everyday

      Join a ranger at Island in the Sky Visitor Center to learn about the natural or historic features of Canyonlands National Park. Topics vary.

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      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Visitor Center
      • Fees: Free
    • Canyonlands National Park

      Geology Talk

      Wednesday, May 16, 2018

      Everyday

      Meet at Grand View Point for a geology talk highlighting the many layers of Canyonlands' rock formations and the processes that made the landscape what it is today.

      View Details
      • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM,11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
      • Location: Island in the Sky - Grand View Point
      • Fees: Free
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    2282 Resource Blvd.
    Moab, UT 84532

    Phone:

    435-719-2313

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