Permits & Reservations

Backcountry Permits and Reservations

The Needles and Island in the Sky visitor centers are closed for the winter.

  • To get a backcountry permit The Needles district, you must get a permit at the self-permitting station outside the visitor center.
  • To get a backcountry permit for Island in the Sky, make a reservation online.

Day-Use Permits

You must have a day-use permit for four-wheel-drive, motorcycle, and bicycle travel on:

  • White Rim Road (Island in the Sky)
  • Elephant Hill, Lavender Canyon and Peekaboo/Horse Canyon roads (The Needles)

Overnight Permits

You must have an overnight backcountry permit for all overnight trips into the backcountry.

River Permits

All day and overnight trips on the rivers require a river permit.

Academic institutions may conduct flat-water and whitewater river trips under a special-use permit.

Horseback Riding, and Pack- and Stock-Use Permits

All pack- and saddle-stock use requires a permit.


Needles Campground Reservations

To make a reservation, visit, or call 877-444-6777, 877-833-6777 (TDD), or +1 518-885-3639 (International).

Individual Sites

  • You can reserve individual campsites in Loop A of the Needles campground in spring and fall.

Group Sites

Special Use Permits

Gatherings and commercial activities in national parks often require a special use permit. Permits ensure the protection of the park's natural and cultural resources, as well as minimize conflicts between park visitors and your guests.

You need a permit for:

Commercial Use

If you are a commercial outfitter or tour group leading guided trips into the park, you must obtain a Commercial Use Authorization.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532



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