Hi there! Are you ready to plan an exhilarating trip to Canyonlands National Park?! As you explore the wild and scenic canyons in this remote area of Utah, you are sure to find something here that everyone in your group will love.
Canyonlands is a place you will never forget — and likely somewhere you will talk about for years to come. Sheer sandstone cliffs, deep canyons, beautiful rivers, and spectacular vistas are waiting for you. This incredible place will leave you speechless!
There is so much to do. You may have already looked at a map and been a little overwhelmed — and eager — to make sure that you don’t miss the best sights.
I’m a former park ranger, and I’ll help you plan your vacation down to the details. I’ve extensively explored Canyonlands and am here to help! Whether this is your first time to Canyonlands National Park, or if you are returning after many years and would like to be reintroduced to the park, this list of 12 things is for you.
What You Need to Know
- Don’t miss out on anything during your trip! For the best experience, get an early start to your day and have a solid plan.
- No lodging is available within Canyonlands National Park, but camping is available. Campsites are primarily first-come, first-served and you can learn more about them here. The towns of Moab and Monticello offer numerous lodging options if you’d like to stay in a hotel.
- This park is made up of three districts: Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze. Island in the Sky and the Needles are the easiest areas to access and are the best for the first-time visitor. The Maze is an incredibly remote area that is only for adventurers that are experienced and well-prepared. For that reason, I do not include activities from the Maze on this list.
- Island in the Sky and the Needles are separated by about a two-hour drive, making it worth your time to set aside at least one day for each section of the park (more time if you have it!).
- Many hiking trails take you to remote locations in this park, so you don’t want to be caught hiking without a map. This is the map I use and recommend for Canyonlands National Park.
I’ll make sure that you don’t miss the sights that make this park so famous, but I also want to provide a few treasures that are off-the-beaten-path as well. Let the adventure begin!
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