Canyonlands National Park


Highest in summer; lowest in winter.


Southeast Utah Address:
Superintendent, 2282 S. West Resource Blvd
Moab, UT 84532.

Telephone: 435-719-2313
Headquarters: 435-719-2100

Operating Hours

The park is open year-round. Visitor centers are open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours spring through fall. Visitor centers are closed December 25th and January 1st. Many roads and trails are impassable during winter months.

Getting There

Travel in the Canyonlands area generally requires a car. While transit to nearby cities may be arranged, there is no public transportation to the park. Shuttle services and commercial tours may be available to some destinations.


Commercial airlines serve Grand Junction, CO and Salt Lake City, UT. By car, these cities are at least 2 and 4 hours (respectively) away from the closest park entrance (Island in the Sky).


There are two paved entrances into Canyonlands: Highway 313 leads to the Island in the Sky District and is 10 miles north of Moab; Highway 211 leads to the Needles District and is 40 miles south of Moab. The roads to the Maze District are graded dirt and are impassable when wet.


Greyhound travels along Interstate 70, making stops at Grand Junction, CO and Green River, UT. Commercial van services operate between Moab and Salt Lake City as well as Grand Junction.


There is no public transportation to Canyonlands.


Canyonlands is located in a high desert, with cold winters and hot summers (highs frequently over 100 degrees F). Throughout the year, temperatures may fluctuate as much as 40 degrees in a single day.

The temperate (and most popular) seasons are spring (April through May) and fall (mid-September through October), when daytime highs average 60 to 80 F and lows average 30 to 50 F.

Winters are cold, with highs averaging 30 to 50 F, and lows averaging 0 to 20 F. Though large snowfalls are uncommon (except in nearby mountains), even small amounts of snow or ice can make local trails and roads


At the Island in the Sky District, visitors with mobility impairments can access the visitor center and restrooms, Buck Canyon Overlook and Grand View Point Overlook. In the Needles District, visitors with mobility impairments can access the visitor center and restrooms, Squaw Flat Campground and restrooms and Woodenshoe Overlook. Other points of interest are accessible with some assistance.

For visitors with hearing impairments, a variety of publications may be obtained at the district visitor centers. Wayside exhibits with illustrations and text on natural and cultural features are situated throughout the Island in the Sky and Needles Districts and in the visitor centers.

Fees, Costs, Rates

As part of the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program instituted by Congress in 1996, entrance fees are collected year round. 80% of all fees collected now stay in the park. In Canyonlands these new fees will allow campgrounds site to be increased, improve accessibility at park facilities, and improve park wayside exhibits, trail maintenance, and revegetation efforts.

Annual Pass: $80, good for one year at any National Park or Federal Recreation Area. Purchase your Annual Pass online Here.

$5.00 Single Person Entry Entry into Canyonlands National Park by foot, bicycle, or motorcycle. Valid for seven days.

$10.00 Single Vehicle Entry Valid at Canyonlands National Park for 7 days.

$ 5.00 Four Wheel Drive Use Required for 4WD day trips into Horse/Salt and Lavender Canyons in the Needles. Valid for one day.

$30.00 Four Wheel Drive, Mountain Biking, Camping Use Required for overnight trips along backcountry 4WD roads. Reservations recommended. Valid for 14 days.

$15.00 Backpacking Required for overnight trips in the backcountry. Reservations recommended. Valid for 14 days.

$20.00 Boating Flat Water Required for overnight trips on the Colorado and Green Rivers above the Confluence. Valid for 14 days.

$30.00 Boating White Water Required for overnight trips through Cataract Canyon. This permit includes the Flat Water sections. Reservations recommended. Valid for 14 days.

$25.00 Local Southeast Utah Group Pass Good for entrance to Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges. Valid for one year.

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