Canyonlands National Park is a U.S. National Park located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. The park preserves a colorful landscape of canyons, mesas, buttes, and fins carved by the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries. The park is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the combined Rivers District.
Canyonlands National Park was established in 1964. The park covers an area of 337,598 acres (1,362.2 km2). The park is located in the Colorado Plateau geographic province of North America and is considered part of the Greater Canyonlands.
Canyonlands National Park is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. The park has four distinct ecosystems: the River, the Island in the Sky, the Maze, and the Needles.
The River District is home to the Colorado and Green rivers, as well as their tributaries. The rivers have carved out canyons, cliffs, and other features in the landscape.
The Island in the Sky District is a Mesa top that sits about 1,000 feet (300 m) above the rivers. The views from this district are some of the most popular in the park.
The Maze District is a remote and rugged area that is only accessible by foot, horse, or four-wheel drive. The district is named for the maze-like network of canyons.
The Needles District is home to more than 2,000 spires of rock that rise from the canyon floor. The Needles is also home to the park's largest concentration of petroglyphs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Canyonlands National Park
Where is Canyonlands National Park located?
Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern Utah, near the town of Moab.
Are dogs allowed in this national park?
Dogs are allowed on all trails and in all developed areas in Canyonlands National Park, with the exception of the Maze District. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and are not allowed in backcountry areas.
What to do in the park?
There are many things to do in Canyonlands National Park. Visitors can hike, bike, fish, raft, and explore the canyons and mesas. There are also a variety of ranger-led programs available.
Can you drive through Canyonlands?
You can drive through Canyonlands National Park, but there are only a few roads that go through the park. Most of the park is only accessible by hiking or four-wheel drive vehicles.
Do you need reservations to entry?
There is no permit required to enter Canyonlands National Park, however, a backcountry permit is required for all overnight stays in the backcountry. Reservations are not required for camping, however, there are a limited number of first-come, first-served sites in the Island in the Sky and Needles districts.
Photos of Canyonlands
View from the cliff at Canyonlands National Park, moments before sunset. (Unsplash.com)
Canyonlands National Park in winter scenery, canyon all covered in snow. (Unsplash.com)
Photo overlooking the White Rim and Green River in Canyonlands National Park. (Unsplash.com)
Aerial photo of the entire Canyonlands National park on a cloudless day (Unsplash.com)