We produce a variety of publications for free distribution. During your visit, you can request publications at a visitor center, or you can download files and visit webpages listed below. Many more books and publications are available through the bookstore.
- Visitor Guide [1.3 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.
District Maps and Guides
- 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 [905k 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.
- Horseshoe Canyon [879k PDF]
Introduction to the cultural history of Horseshoe Canyon. Includes map of access roads.
- The Needles Trails and Roads [179k PDF]
Brief overview of the trails and four-wheel-drive roads in The Needles. Includes district map.
Planning a backcountry trip? We strongly recommend carrying a detailed topographic map to find your way. You can purchase these from our park store.
Foreign Language Brochures
The Canyonlands visitor guide is available in the following languages:
Junior Ranger Booklet [33 MB PDF]
Filled with fun activities, these 24-page booklets reveal the wonders of Canyonlands to kids and parents alike.
Visit these webpages for information on a variety of topics from our publications.
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.
Pack and Saddle Stock Use
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.
Learn about Canyonland's human history from prehistoric times to the present.
A surprising number of plants and animals are adapted to this desert environment.
An overview of the geology of Canyonlands and its fascinating landforms.
Introduction to the two hypotheses on how Upheaval Dome came to be.