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Canyonlands National Park, UT

National Park Service

Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island...[more]

Chocolate Drops in the Maze district
Chocolate Drops in the Maze district

From the Maze Overlook (accessed by a high-clearance 4WD road), one's eyes feast on a layered cake of sandstone geology topped by the decorative Chocolate Drops.

NPS photo

Winter sunset from Island in the Sky
Winter sunset from Island in the Sky

A dusting of snow adds icing to the cake at viewpoints that are already astounding year-round.

NPS photo by Jacob W. Frank

Hiker at Chesler Park
Hiker at Chesler Park

The Chesler Park trail provides excellent views of the Needles' namesake red-and-white striped sandstone towers.

NPS photo by Kirsten Kearse

Mountain Bikers on the White Rim Road
Explore the backcountry on 4WD roads

A network of unpaved roads - some more technical than others - criss-cross all three districts of Canyonlands, allowing access to adventurous visitors with high-clearance vehicles or mountain bikes.

NPS photo by Neal Herbert

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Canyonlands National Park

Address

Canyonlands National Park Headquarters
2282 SW Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532
Email:canyinfo@nps.gov

Directions

Car There are two paved entrances into Canyonlands: Highway 313 leads to the Island in the Sky, while Highway 211 leads to the Needles. Roads to the Maze are a mixture of graded dirt and 4WD and may become impassable when wet. Plane 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). Commercial air service is also available between Denver and Moab. Bus Greyhound travels along Interstate 70, making stops at Grand Junction, CO and Green River, UT. Commercial vans/shuttles operate between Moab and Salt Lake City as well as Grand Junction. Train Amtrak stops at Grand Junction, CO and Green River, UT. Commercial van services operate between Grand Junction and Moab. Public Transportation There is no public transportation to Canyonlands.

Activities
  • AUTO TOURING AUTO TOURING
  • BIKING BIKING
  • BOATING BOATING
  • CAMPING CAMPING
  • CLIMBING CLIMBING
  • HIKING HIKING
  • PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY
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