This park is HUGE. So huge that it has four separate districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the Rivers District (the Green and Colorado). Each one of these is worth spending a whole weekend at. The park was carved into existence by the Green and Colorado Rivers. It is miles upon square miles of deep canyons, high mesas, towering pinnacles soaring about plateaus and sheer vividly-colored cliffs. In these live an immense variety of unique species - bird, animals and desert plants.
About half a million people visit every year, coming to camp and hike and mountain bike or simply drive up to the many scenic viewpoints. There are two boating experiences: Flatwater trips on the Rivers, and whitewater trips in the Colorado Canyon. In some places you're allowed climbing activity. And the stargazing at night is sublime.
There are no restaurants or places to stay in the Canyonland; you have to bring your own food and water. There are two campgrounds: Squaw Flat Campground at The Needles and Willow Flat Campground at Island in the Sky, and their spots must be reserved in advance. There's never a day when they are not full. You're not allowed to stay for more than 7 consecutive nights.
- Visit the NPS website for the park's rules and regulations and safety tips.
- Beware of venomous animals, and also black bears and mountain lions.
- Careful of lightning and flash-floods during stormy weather.
- Private Vehicle: $25.00 (15 people for 7 days)
- Motorcycle: $15.00 (1 person for 7 days)
- Per Person: $10.00 bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians.
- Free for 15 and under.
- Island in the Sky Visitor Center (April 24 - September 17): 8 am - 6 pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and from late December through early March.
- Needles Visitor Center (March - November): 8:30am - 4pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day and late November through early March.
- Hans Flat Ranger Station: Open year round: 8:30am - 4pm
- Drive to the park.
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31.75% of people who visit Moab include Canyonlands National Park in their plan
07 AM - 08 AM
47.83% of people start their Canyonlands National Park visit around 07 AM - 08 AM
People usually take around 8 Hrs to see Canyonlands National Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Canyonlands National Park
Absolutely spectacular views, incredible! If I am able to go back, I'd also like to go at night to view the stars without city lights anywhere near.
Beautiful rocks formations. Just make sure take the scenic route and the dirt road to the end and take the trail. The dirt road okay to drive with regular car or van just drive slow
Good: - wide variety of landscapes; some carved deep into the earth and some rising into the air - hikers should be pleased as there are plenty of trails of different lengths and difficulty - plenty of paved roadways taking any driver to a front row seat for some of the most spectacular views Bad: - nothing bad to report This review based on the Island In The Sky section of the park.
Truly worth the time! The uniqueness of this park makes it a valuable resource in our national park system. I would love to go back to travel the back roads of Canyonlands.
I had an amazing stay at Canyonlands! Very beautiful and fun to hike around. Definitely my favorite national park!