Canyonlands National Park, Moab

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Address: Utah, United States, Moab

Phone: +1-4357192313

Ticket Price: 10 USD

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Time Required: 08:00 Hrs

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About Canyonlands National Park, Moab

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.

Canyonlands National Park Information

  • 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.

Canyonlands National Park Ticket Prices

  • 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.

Canyonlands National Park Opening and Closing Hours

  • 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

How To reach Canyonlands National Park by Public Transport

  • Drive to the park.

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Canyonlands National Park, Moab Reviews

  • This park is just incredible. There is so much to do and see. To be completely honest, I preferred the needles section. It was a lot less busy and simply breathtaking. I really enjoyed the amount and variety of hiking opportunities available at Canyonlands. This park would probably be my choice over Arches!

  • Island in the sky is a great place to do a variety of day hikes, you can get several amazing little jaunts to unbelievable views from atop a plateau. If you go in January and February it's cold but not at all crowded, we had most of the food lookout spots all to ourselves.

  • The park is awesome! But there is no way you'll be able to see all that it has to offer in one day. Maybe (MAYBE) if you stay a week you can see most of it. When we went for 4 hours, we hiked the short hike to The Crater, the Grand Over Look, Green River Over Look, and hiked to Mesa Arch. Once in the park be prepared for a lot of driving to get to different locations.

  • This is the coolest park out west! So many canyons and there is much less traffic than the other parks so you can get really remote and you actually feel like you're out in the wilderness. Definitely need a lot of water, and careful of rattle snakes. We ran into one!

  • Great park for sightseeing and hiking. There is so much to do here but need more time. I won't be doing Mesa Arch at sunrise anymore. It is way too crowded. It is a farther drive than you would think from Moab.

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