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 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 daily, spring through fall. Hours vary by season. Features include: exhibits, book and map sales, backcountry permits, general information, wireless internet, and park rangers on duty. You can also watch a park orientation video. Water is available spring through fall. There is no water available elsewhere; bring all that you will need. Electric outlets are not available.

Ranger Programs

Rangers present overlook talks and other activities March through October. Check at the visitor center for times and locations. Or view the calendar for special events.




Last updated: August 7, 2017

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2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532



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