Canyonlands National Park is Utah's largest park and world-known for its diverse beauty and recreation opportunities.see more »
Canyonlands National Park
Finding the Needle in the Haystack
Views thousands of feet down to the Green and Colorado Rivers, or thousands of feet up to red rock pinnacles, cliffs, and spires create the incredible beauty of Utah's largest national park. The rivers have sliced Canyonlands National Park into three districts, each named according to its distinctive landscape.Island in the Sky is the northern section where visitors can look down to the Colorado River on the east and the Green River on the west. The southern tip overlooks the rivers' confluence. The Needles District is named for its profusion of red rock spires and sandstone fins. The remote Maze District is Canyonlands' most jumbled stone playground, requiring backcountry use permits year-round. Major entrances to the park are accessible from US 191. Access to Island in the Sky is 35 miles northwest of Moab and access to the Needles District is 22 miles north of Monticello. Canyonlands is world-renowned for its four-wheel drive vehicle and mountain bike routes, and its whitewater rafting. Visitor centers are open year-round.