Island in the Sky
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.
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.
Sites at Willow Flat Campground are available year-round: first-come, first-served. There are 12 sites with tables, fire grills, and vault toilets. There is no firewood or water available. Sites are $15 per night. (You can use a Senior Pass or Access Pass for a 50 percent discount.)
Visiting Island in the Sky