1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson
to saving many endangered species both plant and animal
Plant Species: Limited
desert plant life
Animal Species: Limited
Hiking Trials: Several
well rated hiking trails
Highest in spring and fall.
Address: Canyonlands National Park, 2282 S. West
Resource Blvd., Moab, UT 84532-3298
Telephone: (435) 719-2313. Backcountry Reservations:
HOURS, SEASONS: Visitor centers are
open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended
hours during spring and fall. Visitor centers are closed
on some federal holidays.
RECOMMENDED CLOTHING: The climate
in Canyonlands is extremely dry. Most precipitation
falls in early spring and late summer. Summer highs
often exceed 100 Degrees Fahrenheit, with lows in the
60's. Fall and Spring temperatures are milder, with
highs in the 70's and 80's. Winter temperatures range
from highs in the 40's and 50's to lows well below freezing.
Canyonlands is divided into three
land districts which are two to six hours apart by car.
Needles District: From U.S. 191, take Utah 211
west to the Needles.
Island in the Sky District: From US 191, take
Utah 313 south to the Island.
Maze District: From Utah 24, take a graded dirt
road east to the Hans Flat Ranger Station.
Park: Commercial airlines serve Grand Junction,
CO and Salt Lake City. From Salt Lake City, a commuter
airline serves Moab. Nationwide bus service is available
to Green River (fifty miles from Moab) and Crescent
Junction (thirty miles away). Amtrak services Green
River and Grand Junction, CO. Taxi and shuttle services
can be arranged from these locations.
COSTS, RATES: Fees are $10 for private
vehicles, $5 for individuals (good for seven days).
Golden Age, Eagle, and Access passes are available and
honored. Commercial Tours and Educational Groups fee
information call (435) 719-2313.
Island in the Sky District:
The Island in the Sky Visitor Center is open 8 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. daily (except December 25th), with extended
hours spring through fall. Exhibits, publications and
information are available, and a park orientation video
may be viewed. Bottled water is available for sale at
the visitor center. No water is available elsewhere;
bring all that you will need.
The Hans Flat Ranger Station is open year-round from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is a small sales area with
books and maps. There are no amenities like food or
gas, no entrance fees and no potable water sources in
the Maze District.
The Needles District Visitor Center is open year-round
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except December 25th),
with extended hours March through October. Exhibits,
publications and information are available, and a park
orientation video may be viewed. Water is available.
Roads: Canyonlands has hundreds of miles of backcountry
roads and trails. Backcountry permits are required for
overnight use and are limited in number. Reservations
There is no lodging in Canyonlands National Park. Overnight
accommodations are available in the nearby towns of
Hanksville, Green River, Moab and Monticello.
camping sites for ten or fewer people are first-come,
Needles District: Squaw Flat Campground is an
ideal base camp for day hikes to popular destinations
like Chesler Park, Druid Arch and the Joint Trail. There
are 26 sites available on a first-come, first-served
basis. Bathrooms, fire grates, picnic tables, tent pads
and water available year-round. Group size limit is
10 people and 2 vehicles. Maximum RV length is 28 feet.
Fee is $10 per night. Squaw Flat typically fills every
day from late March through June and again from early
September to mid-October.
Island in the Sky District: Willow Flat Campground
is a short walk from one of the finest sunset spots
in the park: Green River Overlook. Twelve sites are
available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sites
include picnic tables, fire grates and vault toilets.
No water. Maximum RV length is 28 feet. Group size limit
is 10 people and 2 vehicles. Fee is $5 per night. Willow
Flat typically fills every day from late March through
June and again from early September to mid-October.
Group Campsites: The Needles District offers
three campsites for groups of 11 or more people which
may be reserved in advance. The Squaw Flat Group Site
can hold up to 50 people and 10 vehicles. The Wooden
Shoe Group Site can hold up to 25 people and 5 vehicles.
The Split Top Group Site can hold up to 15 people and
3 vehicles. Nightly fees are $3 per person.
There are no services within Canyonlands. Gas, food
and other items are available in nearby towns.
At the Island in the Sky, 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 Wooden Shoe Overlook. Other points
of interest are accessible with some assistance.
ACTIVITIES/PARK USE: Canyonlands
is primarily a backcountry destination. Visitors come
to the park for sightseeing, hiking, camping, mountain
biking, four-wheel driving, and river running. Each
district retains its own character and offers different
opportunities for exploration. The Island in the Sky
offers expansive views from many overlooks, short hiking
trails, and is the easiest to visit in a short period
of time. The Needles offers more of a backcountry experience,
requiring some hiking or four-wheel driving to see the
area's attractions. The Maze is entirely a backcountry
area which requires a good deal of hiking and/or four-wheel
driving over rough terrain and considerably more time