Road Conditions

Contact district visitor centers for current conditions before beginning any backcountry trip.

You may need a permit to drive on some park roads.

Rain and snow can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition or make them impassable. Weather

 

Backcountry Travel Advisory

Backcountry driving conditions can change rapidly after rain or snow. Most backcountry roads in Canyonlands require high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles with a low range gear (4LO).

All drivers should carry the following items:

• At least one full-size spare tire
• Extra gas
• Extra water
• Shovel
• High-lift jack
• Chains for all four tires (especially from October through April)

Drive Carefully!

Visitors caught in the backcountry with disabled vehicles can expect commercial towing fees in excess of $1,000.

 

Choose a District Navigation

 

Island in the Sky

Updated November 28, 2022

  • Scenic Drive: open
  • Shafer Trail: open
  • Potash Road: open. Some sections rough and heavily eroded. High-clearance 4WD recommended.
  • Mineral Bottom: open. Some sections rough and heavily eroded. High-clearance 4WD recommended.
  • White Rim Road 4WD: open. Exercise caution and expect more difficult than normal driving conditions due to mud and washouts. Advanced recovery techniques and skills likely required such as recovery boards, winching, rock stacking, etc. Be prepared to self-rescue, turn around, or drive out-and-back to reach your campsite. Driving after dark is dangerous so give yourself ample time to negotiate this difficult terrain.
  • Taylor Canyon 4WD Road: open, passable with rough sections. Expect deep ruts after heavy rain.
  • Lathrop 4WD Road: open, passable.

Even when rated as "passable," four-wheel-drive roads are challenging. High-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles with a low range gear (4LO) are required on the White Rim Road. Other vehicles (e.g., all-wheel-drive vehicles, and low-clearance or high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicles) have difficulty negotiating the rough slickrock, loose rocks, deep sand, and steep switchbacks and are not permitted upon the White Rim Road. Permits are required on the White Rim Road.

Carry extra fuel and be prepared to self-rescue. During winter, all vehicles should carry chains.

 

The Needles

Updated November 28, 2022

  • The approach to The Needles on UT 211 has reopened to traffic in both directions.
  • Scenic Drive: open.
  • Elephant Hill Access Road: open.
  • Elephant Hill 4WD Road: open.
  • Colorado River Overlook 4WD Road: open
  • Lavender Canyon, Salt Canyon, Davis Canyon, and Horse Canyon 4WD roads: impassable.
  • Beef Basin Road to Cathedral Butte: open, expect some rough sections and deep ruts; 4WD/AWD recommended with moderate clearance.

Even when rated as "passable," four-wheel-drive roads in The Needles are challenging. High-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles with a low range gear (4LO) are required on these roads. Other vehicles (e.g., all-wheel-drive vehicles, and low-clearance or high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicles) cannot navigate the rough slickrock, loose rocks, steep ledges, deep sand, and steep switchbacks. Depending on the season, you can expect ice, up to two feet of water, quicksand, vegetation or rock outcrops that could scratch a vehicle, or debris that you must negotiate while staying within the boundary of the road. We recommend traveling in groups of two or more vehicles—both with winches—in order to facilitate self-rescue. Park rangers do not winch vehicles out. Do not attempt any roads if there is a forecast for heavy rains, which lead to flash flooding. Never cross flooded roads.

You must have a permit on some Needles roads.

 

The Maze

Updated November 28, 2022

  • Highway 24 to Hans Flat: open, high clearance AWD recommended. Washboarded, with sand dunes possible after high wind events.
  • Highway 24 to Horseshoe Canyon: open, some sandy areas. High-clearance AWD recommended.
  • Green River to Hans Flat or Horseshoe Canyon: open, high-clearance 4WD recommended. Not passable to 2WD. Heavily washboarded with some deep sand and damage to wash crossings after recent storms.
  • Hans Flat to top of Flint Trail 4WD Road: open, expect some rough sections; 4WD/AWD recommended
  • Flint Trail 4WD Road: open, expect winter conditions. Covered in 1/2" of snow and ice. Chains recommended. High clearance 4WD required.
  • Poison Spring 4WD Road: passable to modified 4WD vehicles.

Maze roads are challenging and visitors must be prepared with the proper equipment to facilitate self-rescue. Visitors should carry extra supplies in case it takes a day or two for the road to dry out. Cell phone communication is not reliable. Park rangers do not winch vehicles out. Commercial towing fees below the Flint Trail start at over $2,000. Roads rated 4WD must have 4WD with a low range gear (4LO) and high clearance. Other vehicles (e.g., all-wheel-drive vehicles, and low-clearance or high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicles) cannot navigate the rough slickrock, steep ledges, loose rocks, deep sand, and steep switchbacks.

 

Closure and Detour Maps

Below you'll find maps of detours associated with current road closures. See above for details on specific closures and road conditions.

There are no closures or associated detours at this time.

Last updated: November 28, 2022

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