Ranger-led Programs

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A ranger presents an evening program at The Needles campground

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Learn more about the natural and cultural resources at Canyonlands National Park. Join a ranger for a talk, hike, or evening program.

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.

 

Island in the Sky

Rangers offer programs daily spring through fall. Check at the visitor center for schedules and details. Additional programs may be posted on the park calendar.

Geology Talk
20 minutes; Grand View Point
Free; all ages welcome. No advance reservation.
Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat.
resume in Spring
Rangers' Choice Talk
20 minutes; Grand View Point
Free; all ages welcome. No advance reservation.
10:00 am & 10:30 am
daily Oct 2–Nov 5
Patio Talk
20 minutes; Island in the Sky Visitor Center patio
Free; all ages welcome. No advance reservation.
resume in Spring
Full Moon Hikes/Stargazing
Hikes up to 1 hour on/around full moon evenings.
Astronomy events on/near new moon evenings.
Free; all ages welcome. No advance reservation.
see park calendar for dates & details
 

The Needles

Check at the visitor center for start times and details.

Cave Spring Guided Walk
60 minutes; Cave Spring Trailhead
Moderately easy 0.6 mile (1 km) loop. Some uneven surfaces and two ladders.
Free; all ages welcome. No advance reservation.
Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat.
Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun
Sep 25–Oct 8;

check for times at visitor center
Evening Program or Constellation Tour
45 minutes; Needles Campground Amphitheater
Free; all ages welcome. No advance reservation.
resumes later in Fall
Most programs begin after sundown; stargazing programs begin after full dark
Moonlight Hike
60-minute guided hike
Free; all ages welcome. No advance reservation
Most full moon evenings;
Check at visitor center
 

The Maze

Rangers at The Maze lead guided hikes in Horseshoe Canyon most weekends in April/May and September/October. Check the park calendar for more details.

Other Events

Community Artist in the Parks events, volunteer opportunities, and other special events are listed on the calendar.

See the schedule of current ranger programs below.

 

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Last updated: October 3, 2022

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