These publications are freely distributed by the National Park Service. Many more publications are available through the bookstore.
- Visitor Guide [2.7 MB PDF]
The official newspaper of Canyonlands National Park. Twelve pages of articles and visit recommendations. Includes maps of Island in the Sky and Needles.
- Backcountry Trip Planner [2 MB PDF]
An eight-page guide to backcountry travel in Canyonlands. Includes full park map.
- Island in the Sky Trails and Roads [301k PDF]
Brief overview of the trails and four-wheel-drive roads at Island in the Sky. Includes district map.
- The Maze Trails and Roads [299k PDF]
Brief overview of the trails and four-wheel-drive roads in The Maze. Includes district map. Also includes Orange Cliffs Unit of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
- The Needles Trails and Roads [179k PDF]
Brief overview of the trails and four-wheel-drive roads in The Needles. Includes district map.
Foreign Language Brochures
The Canyonlands visitor guide is available in the following languages:
- Français (French) [1.1 MB PDF]
- Deutsch (German) [1.2 MB PDF]
- Italiano (Italian) [1.1 MB PDF]
- Español (Spanish) [619k PDF]
- 中文 (Chinese) [1.7 MB PDF]
- Standard Reservation Form [48k PDF]
Use this form to request advanced reservations for land-based, backcountry permits and group campsites.
- River Permit Reservation Form [33k PDF]
Use this form to request river permits.
Administrative History [20 MB PDF]
From Controversy to Compromise to Cooperation: The Administrative History of Canyonlands National Park offers an in-depth look at how the park was created and the events that have shaped it. 311 pages.
Bear Safety [154k PDF]
Did you know that Canyonlands is bear country? Black bears wander into the park from nearby mountains, and have been spotted in The Needles, The Maze and along the Colorado River.
Bighorn Sheep [174k PDF]
A brief overview of one of the park's fascinating mammals. Includes an observation form.
Cultural History [112k PDF]
Introduction to Canyonland's human history from prehistoric times to the present.
Geology [140k PDF]
An overview of the geology of Canyonlands and the surrounding area. Includes cliff profile/depositional sequence.
Gnats [122k PDF]
A little background information on one of the park's least favorite insects.
Horseshoe Canyon [783k PDF]
Introduction to the cultural history of Horseshoe Canyon. Includes map of access roads.
Junior Ranger Booklet [2.5 MB PDF]
Filled with fun activities, these 24-page booklets reveal the wonders of Canyonlands to kids and parents alike.
Natural History [121k PDF]
Introduction to the plants, animals and other features found in Canyonlands.
Outdoor Education Curriculum [various PDF files]
Curriculum materials used by Canyon Country Outdoor Education. Includes over 100 science activities for grades one through six.
Pack and Saddle Stock Use [91k PDF]
People have explored canyon country on horseback for many years. However, due to concerns about disease transmission from stock to wild animals, special regulations apply for visitors wishing to ride in the park.
Published by the Department of the Interior in 1962 as part of the Canyonlands park campaign, this short booklet probably introduced many lawmakers to the region [5.5mb PDF File].
The Archeology of Horseshoe Canyon [1 MB PDF]
An in-depth look at the fascinating archeology of Horseshoe Canyon. 74 pages with photos (screen quality only).
Upheaval Dome [461k PDF]
Introduction to the two theories on how Upheaval Dome came to be as well as trail and safety information for this popular hike. Includes basic map.