Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park information

Location San Juan, Wayne, Garfield, and Grand counties, Utah, United States
Nearest City Moab, Utah Nearest city: Moab, Utah
Coordinates 38°12′0″N 109°56′0″W
Area 337,597.83 acres (1,366.21 km2)
337,570.43 acres (1,366.10 km2) federal
Established September 12, 1964 (1964-09-12) Established: September 12, 1964 (1964-09-12)
Visitors 392,537 (in 2006)
Governing Body National Park Service

Canyonlands National Park Operating Hours & Seasons

Island in the Sky

Late March to late October: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Late October to late March: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Maze

The Hans Flat Ranger Station is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Needles

The Needles District Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Canyonlands National Park Visitor Center

Facility Open Hours Location
Island in the Sky All Year (Except New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm - Daily
Extended hours in Spring
through Fall
North end of park in the Island of the Sky District on Stateroad 313
Han Flat Ranger Station All Year (Except New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm - Daily
Extended hours in Spring
through Fall
Western area of park in the Maze District on unpaved dirt road
Needles Visitor Center All Year (Except New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm - Daily
Extended hours in Spring
through Fall
Eastern area of park in the Needles District on Stateroad 211

Canyonlands National Park Fees & Reservations

Ticket Type Ticket Price
Individuals $5  (Good for 7 Days)
Vehicles $10 (Good for 7 days)
Local Passport $25 (Good for one year) 
Commercial Tours 1 to 6 passenger vehicles $25 and $5 per person
Commercial Tours 7 to 25 passenger vehicles $40
Commercial Tours 26 or more passenger vehicles $100
CAMPING FEES
Island in the Sky $10 per night
Needles $15 per night

Canyonlands National Park Entrance Fees

Private Non-commercial Vehicle $ 10.00 (7 Day Pass)
Individual Entry $ 5.00 (7 Day Pass)
Gold Access Pass (Blind or permanently disabled individuals) Free (Lifetime - good in all natl parks)
Golden Age Pass (1 time fee - for those 62+ years young) $ 10.00 (Lifetime - good in all natl parks)
National Park Pass $ 50.00 (Good in all natl parks)
Golden Eagle Pass (good 1 year from date of purchase) $ 15.00 (good in all natl forests)

Canyonlands National Park Fees and Group Size Limits

Activity Fee Group Size Limit - Per Permit
    Island Needles Maze
Backpacking $ 15.00 7 people 7 people 5 people
Four Wheel Drive / Mountain Bike $ 30.00 15 people / 3 vehicles 10 people / 3 vehicles 9 people / 3 vehicles
Flat water $ 20.00 40 people

 

Cataract Canyon $ 30.00 40 people
Four Wheel Drive Day Use (Needles) $ 5.00 1 vehicle per permit
Frontcountry Group Camps (Needles) $ 15.00 Squaw Flat: 50 peo / 10 veh • Woodenshoe: 25 peo / 5 veh • Split Top: 15 peo / 3 veh

Canyonlands National Park Backcountry Permits

Activity Fee Group Size Limit Per Permit
    Island Needles Maze
Backpacking $15 7p 7p 5p
4WD/Mtn. Bike $30 15p/3v 10p/3v 9p/3v
4WD Day Use (Needles) $5 1 vehicle per permit

Canyonlands National Park River Permits

  • Flat Water: $20
  • Cataract Canyon: $30

Canyonlands National Park Special Use Permits

Non-refundable Application Fee

  • Weddings - $55
  • Special Events - $100
  • Filming and Photography - $100

Administrative Fee

  • Weddings - $30
  • Special Events - $80
  • Filming and Photography - $80

Canyonlands National Park Hiking Trails

Type Trail Length
Easy Trails Grand View Point 2 mi Round Trip
  Mesa Arch .5 mi Round Trip
  Murphy Point 1.3 mi Round Trip
  White Rim Overlook 1.5 mi Round Trip
Moderate Trails Aztec Butte 2 mi Round Trip
  Neck Spring 5 mi Round Trip
  Upheaval Dome Overlook 1 mi to Main Overlook
  Whale Rock 1 mi to Main Overlook
Long Trails Alcove Spring 20 mi to River
  Gooseberry 6 mi to White Rim
  Lathrop 17 mi to Colorado River
  Murphy Loop 9 mi
  Syncline Loop 8 mi
  Wilhite 10 mi
Trails Along The White Rim Road Fort Bottom Ruin 4 mi
  Gooseneck 1 mi
  Moses and Zeus 1 mi

Canyonlands National Park Camping

Glen Canyon Rec Area Island in the Sky The Maze The Needles
High Spur Taylor Maze Overlook New Bates Wilson
Cleopatra's Chair Labyrinth Chimney Rock Devils Kitchen
Ekker Shafer Standing Rock Peekaboo
Panorama Point Hardscrabble The Wall Bobby Jo
North Point Potato Bottom The Doll House Horsehoof
Golden Stairs Millard Canyon The Neck Gooseberry
Flint Seep Airport Teapot Murphy Hogback
Happy Canyon Candlestick Sunset Pass White Crack

Canyonlands National Park Climate

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
High - °F 39.0 46.0 55.0 64.0 73.0 87.0 92.0 90.0 82.0 68.0 51.0 38.0 65.4
Low - °F 19.0 23.0 30.0 34.0 46.0 58.0 62.0 60.0 51.0 40.0 29.0 22.0 39.5
Extreme High - °F 67.0 75.0 85.0 91.0 101.0 109.0 111.0 108.0 108.0 94.0 80.0 68.0 91.4
Extreme Low - °F -28.0 -21.0 7.0 16.0 23.0 32.0 38.0 36.0 28.0 -6.0 -8.0 -15.0 8.5
Days > 90°F 0 0 0 0 6 20 30 26 12 0 0 0 88
Days < 32° 30 22 17 6 0 0 0 0 0 5 20 29 129
Rain - in 0.63 0.29 1.07 0.76 0.71 0.50 1.15 0.92 0.69 1.00 0.86 0.60 9.18
Snow - in 5.5 1.2 2.8 3.4 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 3.3 2.4 19.3
Poss Sun % 56 64 60 68 74 83 77 79 80 75 63 60 70
Thunderstorms 0 0 1 1 4 4 9 11 5 2 0 0 37