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Canyonlands National Park Moab

Where is it at?

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Canyonlands National Park
2282 SW Resource Blvd
Moab
UT
84532
Tel: 435 719-2313

Directions

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. These roads may become impassable when wet. There are no roads that connect all four areas.

Where are we going today?

Want to know what happens when a mighty river runs over the same piece of land for millions of years, slowly eroding away the landscape into incredibly formations? Canyonlands National Park is what happens!

This national park allows you to experience a wilderness of countless, incredible canyons and amazingly formed buttes, all carved out by that famous Colorado River (you know, that old thing that runs through the Grand Canyon...)

The park is divided into four areas - The Island In The Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and also the rivers themselves. Each area has the same primitive desert atmosphere, but each offer different adventures and sightseeing opportunities - but each just as amazing for the whole family!

Island IN The Sky is the most accessible area, with expansive views from many of the overlooks along a scenic drive. There are also impressive hiking trails here. The Needles are a more backcountry experience, with hiking needed as well as four-wheel driving in order to see the area's attractions.

The Maze is very remote, with more time needed to visit. But hey, they say some of the best things in life are worth the wait! It's truly stunning. Northwest of here is the Horseshoe Canyon Unit which is accessible for the day and has some amazing pieces of Native American rock art. How long do you think they have been there for?! 

With climbing, camping, horse-riding, stargazing and boating, Canyonlands National Park is an incredible experience for kids - giving them a chance to see an impressive and grand wilderness, all caused by erosion (so great for their education!)

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5 individuals. $10 vehicles.
  • Children$5 individuals.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Open 24 hours a day. Each district has its own visitor center with hours that change seasonally.

All year round.

Teachers corner

What a great classroom Canyonlands would make! You can plan your own field trip into the park - if you need any help just contact the park and they will do their best to answer any questions you have! .

I'm Hungry!

There aren't any restaurants in Canyonlands. There are picnic tables in the campgrounds, but feel free to bring your own lunch or snacks. What an amazing view to eat lunch at! .

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you bring healthy snacks and plenty of water - you will need the energy! .

Any Top Tips?

Check out the programs great for kids! Island In The Sky and Needles have shorter trails which are great for kids, and there are fun Junior Ranger Programs and Explorer Packs that kids can complete! .

Doing our bit

Canyonlands makes sure it preserves one of the last, relatively undisturbed areas of the Colorado Plateau, which is a geologic province that encompasses much of the Colorado River. This area possesses remarkable natural features that support a fascinating desert ecosystem, and one that the park really try hard to protect! .

Need a little extra help?

Certain areas are ADA compliant, such as the restrooms and visitor center at Island In The Sky, as well as Needles. When you are there, check the trails as to what is best for your situation. .

More information

If you want to extend your stay inside the park, there are two campgrounds - one at Island In The Sky and one at The Needles. All sites first come, first served. Amazing experience! .

What people are saying?

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    The accessible parts of the park were fun. Felt like we were missing out without 4WD. Might be fun to get down on the river with a guide if we ever get back.

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    Canyonlands was awesome! It's pretty cheap compared to the other national parks at $10 and has a great variety of sites to see. I'd you can only go to one Canyonlands offers a short hike to Mesa arch which has a spectacular view. Also a lot of the same things you see at dead horse point. I recommend everything in the Moab area but Canyonlands is a must!

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    We have a jeep and were able to do the 80 mile drive on the roads surrounding the White Rim and loved every minute of it. Try to get there before 8:30 in the morning if you're planning on making it in one day. It's tough to average over 10 mi./hr. because of the rough road and beautiful mountains.

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    I like this national park a lot! You can visit Island in the sky and the Needles with your own rental car. I really liked the Needles. More quiet and beautiful nature. The Maze is only accessible by an offroad car. NOT with your own car, unless it's a modified 4WD.

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