Places to Visit: Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands National Park

A visit to the stunning Canyonlands National Park should be part of any visit to Utah. It is located 35 miles northwest of Moab, about 320 miles from Bryce Canyon.

  • Canyonlands National Park is 35 miles northwest of Moab, about 320 miles from Bryce Canyon
  • Open year round
  • Entrance $5 for individuals, $10 per vehicle
  • Spectacular canyon and its mesas carved out by the Colorado and Green Rivers
  • Panoramic views reaching 100 miles from the Island in the Sky viewpoints


Canyonlands National Park UT is a spectacular geological formation of canyons, mesas and buttes formed by the Colorado and Green Rivers over millions of years. It is the largest national park in Utah. The Island in the Sky mesa offers spectacular views along the paved highways.


The park is open all year round, 24 hours a day.

  • Island in the Sky Visitor Center:
    Summer (late March to late October): 8am to 6pm 
    Winter (late October to late March): 9am to 4.30pm
    Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and after 1pm Thanksgiving Day
  • Hans Flat Ranger Station:
    Open daily 8am to 4.30pm
  • Needles District Visitor Center:
    Open daily 8.30am to 4.30pm with extended summer hours March through October


  • $5 for individuals on foot or bicycle for a 7-day pass
  • $10 per vehicle for a 7-day pass
  • $25 Local passport to Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Parks
  • Camping at Willow Flat Campground is $10 per night


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General Info: 435-719-2313


  • The scenic White Rim Road loops around Island in the Sky for 100 miles offering pullouts with spectacular views
  • Sunrise and sunset show Mesa Arch and the canyon at its most dramatic
  • Upheaval Dome was most likely created by a meteor
  • The Needles formations are in the southeast corner of the park
  • Drive through Lathrop Canyon down to the Colorado River
  • Enjoy panoramic views across Canyon County as far as 100 miles in all directions

Getting Here

From Bryce Canyon National Park head north on Hwy 89 to I-70, then travel east to Brendel. Take Hwy 191 south to Hwy 313, turn right and drive southwest 22 miles to Canyonlands National Park. The journey is a distance of 321 miles.