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Canyonlands National Park

Highway 211, Moab, Utah 84532 USA

Open Now
Thu 12a-12a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
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“inviting you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons”

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 in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.

People have visited what is now Canyonlands National Park for over 10,000 years. Over time, many different groups have moved in and out of the area in concert with the availability of natural resources and the technology for exploiting those resources.

Canyonlands National Park preserves one of the last, relatively undisturbed areas of the Colorado Plateau, a geological province that encompasses much of the Colorado River and its tributaries. Carved out of vast sedimentary rock deposits, this landscape of canyons, mesas, and deep river gorges possesses remarkable natural features that are part of a unique desert ecosystem.

The foundation of Canyonlands' ecology is its remarkable geology, which is visible everywhere in cliff profiles that reveal millions of years of deposition and erosion. These rock layers continue to shape life in Canyonlands today, as their erosion influences elemental features like soil chemistry and where water flows when it rains.Known as a "high desert," with elevations ranging from 3,700 to 7,200 feet above sea level, Canyonlands experiences very hot summers, cold winters and less than ten inches of rain each year. Even on a daily basis, temperatures may fluctuate as much as 50 degrees.

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Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

  • Road Warrior
  • 299 Reviews
  • 321 Helpful
July 7, 2014
Rated 4.0

Do not miss the chance to see Island in the Sky, it’s a fairly easy hike north of Moab, and the view is unforgettable. The entire park is a hikers dream, and the rock formations make for a near perfect picture every time. It’s also less busy than Arches, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity for some relaxing solitude, and peace and quiet to enjoy the sunrises.

If you’re looking for a remote hike, hit the White Rim Trail, just make sure you’re driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle, before attempting it!

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  • 1 Review
  • 5 Helpful
March 29, 2015

Suggestion: l
Use Monday as Canyonland/ Island in the SKY day/
leave Moab at 7:00am.
Arrive at Mesa Arch 8:00amish.
If Visitor Center not open/can still go in
See Grandview
Upheaval Dome;
Green River Overview
Good picnic table spots;
Orange Cliffs: a short drive from Grandview
Upheaval Dome

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Reviewed by
Dave Logan

  • Tour Guide
  • 10 Reviews
  • 30 Helpful
December 17, 2014
Rated 5.0

Canyonlands is undoubtedly a MUST-SEE for anyone visiting the Mob area. Island In The Sky is perfect for convenience and offers great sightseeing for the less-adventurous explorer: amazing views, beautiful short strolls, and easy to get around. There are also some great longer hikes if you don't mind sweating a bit!

But if hiking is your thing, I suggest the Needles District over Island In The Sky. The hike to Chesler Park is outstanding and an extension to the Joint Trail will blow your mind! The campground, though only first-come first-serve, is my favorite National Park campground I've ever been to. There are a few awesome backpacking opportunities in the Needles, as well. This place is a little out of the way but well worth the time and effort to get there!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Donna Hull

  • Road Warrior
  • 37 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
March 31, 2016
Rated 5.0

Canyonlands National Park is vast and rugged so don't expect to see all of the park on your visit. There are three districts to the Park: Island in the Sky, Needles and the Maze. Most folks see Islands in the Sky and maybe a little of Needles. I visited Canyonlands for the photography opportunities. There are so many! Create your own Canyonlands photography tour using my advice.

1 person found this review helpful
  • 9 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 20, 2015
Rated 5.0

If you're going to Moab/Arches, you NEED to stop and spend a few days here.

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  • 6 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
August 7, 2015
Rated 5.0

Beautiful beautiful beautiful! This was our first park on a southwest national park tour and it was awesome! We only had a half day to spend here so we hit island in the sky district and hiked up to whale rock and then to upheaval dome. We stopped at many of the viewpoints and left the park wishing there were more hours in the day! Less crowded than many of the other parks and nice to have just family time hiking. Can't wait to return and check out the other districts.

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
April 9, 2015
Rated 5.0

I'm completely blown away anyone would give Canyonlands less than 5 stars. It is one of the most amazing places on earth. This is a bucket list item.

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  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 9, 2017
Rated 5.0

Highly recommend the Needles District of Canyonlands! It is further away but less crowded. Loved hiking 'lost canyon'

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Jeff Limer

  • 31 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
September 17, 2016
Rated 5.0

This might have been the best part of my road trip! Stop at the visitor center inside the park and cross the street to the view point. Standing on the edge will blow your mind and leave you in awe. A must if staying in Moab!

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E. B.

  • 18 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
October 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

This was one of my favorite places to go when I was on my Utah road trip. Very much like the grand canyon. You could walk right to the edge. I didn't get a chance to explore all sides of the canyons or drive down some of the wicked cool roads. But I will FOR SURE be going back. This is a MUST for anyone even remotely in the area. I made it to the canyons right before sunset. My husband and I hung around until the sun set. It was so peaceful, quiet and no other person/car in site. Cannot wait to go back! We stayed in the Moab Under Canvas teepee camp ground just a few miles from Canyonlands. Check it out!

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Canyonlands National Park

Highway 211
Moab, Utah
84532 USA


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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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  • Street Parking

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