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Canyonlands National Park

Chesler Park Needles District
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Imagine endless deep canyons, towering mesas, pinnacles, cliffs, and spires stretching across 527 square miles. This is Canyonlands National Park, formed by the currents and tributaries of Utah's Green and Colorado rivers. Canyonlands is home to many different types of travel experiences, from sublime solitude in the more remote stretches of the park to moderate hikes through the Needles district to the opportunity to create your own version of one of the West's most photographed landforms, Mesa Arch. Do yourself a favor and don’t hurry through the park. Instead, take your time and let the nature of the Canyonlands sneak up on you and take root in your heart. It’s quite likely you’ll become so attached to the place that you’ll have to return again and again and again.

Things To Do

Where to Stay

Hotels and Lodging

Just outside of Canyonlands, Moab is home to a variety of hotels and lodges. Check out Red Cliffs Lodge for rustic comfort on the banks of the Colorado River, or the Sorrel River Ranch and Spa for a luxurious ranch experience.

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Camping

Campers looking for an established campground can choose between Needles Campground (three miles west of The Needles entrance station), and Willow Flat (nine miles from the Island in the Sky entrance station). Otherwise, there are campgrounds and dispersed campsites available on the BLM administered public lands surrounding the park.

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Discover the Canyonlands Region

As the largest national park in Utah, Canyonlands promises immense stretches of land for exploring; but the journey shouldn’t end there. The region surrounding the park is packed with adventure, state history, and charming towns. Venture south to Bears Ears National Monument to escape the crowds, or head into Moab for a bite to eat and a chance to swap stories with locals. Make the most of your vacation by exploring these local-favorite destinations.

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Travel Tips

  • Close to Moab, the Island in the Sky is the most visited district, but outside of overlooks and Mesa Arch (especially at sunrise), the scenic, though strenuous, trails are seldom crowded.

  • A permit is required to bike or drive the popular White Rim Trail and for all overnight camping trips in the backcountry.

  • Needles Campground in the Needles district is a great base camp for day hikes into the backcountry, but go prepared: carry extra water and be alert for black bears.

  • The remote Maze district easily occupies three days, plus hours to drive there. Solitude and endless splendor are the rewards for extremely well-prepared self-sufficient wayfinders.

  • Read these resources to learn how to travel thoughtfully and experience Canyonlands National Park most fully.

  • View a downloadable map of Canyonlands National Park

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Weather

Spring and fall are ideal seasons to visit Canyonlands with daytime temperatures of 60o–85oF. Like nearby Arches, Canyonlands warms up significantly in the summer months reaching 100+oF. Beat the heat by planning ahead, carrying sunscreen and extra water, and playing in the morning and evening during the peak of summer. Temperatures will dip to freezing at night by late November, but winter is an extraordinarily beautiful time in Canyonlands. Incredible “monsoon” season thunderstorms on late summer afternoons can result in potentially dangerous flash floods. Check conditions in advance.

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