Island in the Sky

a vast view a river at the bottom of red canyons and white clouds overhead
A view from Green River Overlook

NPS/Neal Herbert


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.


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.

Visitor Center

Island in the Sky Visitor Center is open year-round, seven days a week, with some closed days in winter. Hours vary by season. Features include: exhibits, book and map sales, backcountry permits, picnic area, general information, wireless internet, and park rangers on duty. You can also watch a park orientation video. Water is available at the visitor center year-round. Electric outlets are not available.


Things to Do at Island in the Sky

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    a group of people and a ranger at an overlook with canyons in the background
    Rangers present geology talks at Grand View Point spring through fall.

    NPS/Chris Wonderly

    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.


    Visiting Island in the Sky

    • bicyclists riding on a gravel road
      White Rim Road

      The 100-mile White Rim Road loops around and below the Island in the Sky mesa top and provides expansive views of the surrounding area.

    • three people walk along a canyon rim
      Trails at Island in the Sky

      Explore the trails at Island in the Sky, from short, easy trails on the mesa top to long, strenuous trails that descend to the White Rim.

    • a shade structure, picnic table, and two tents
      Camping at Island in the Sky

      The Island in the Sky campground is open year-round. Learn more about sites and facilities.

    • a map of Canyonlands National Park

      Download road and trail information for Island in the Sky.

    Last updated: March 8, 2024

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    2282 Resource Blvd.
    Moab, UT 84532



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