Visiting Canyonlands National Park

Planning a trip to Canyonlands National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park Basics

Region: Intermountain / Rocky Mountains / Southwest / West Coast

Park Size: 337,598 acres (527.50 sq miles) (1366.21 sq km)

Location: San Juan, Wayne, Garfield, and Grand counties

Closest Cities: Moab, Utah

Busy Season: April to October

Visitation: 733,996 (in 2019)

How much does Canyonlands National Park Cost?

Canyonlands National Park costs the following:

  • 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $30
  • 7-day Motorcycle Pass – $25
  • 7-day Individual Pass – $7

An annual Southeast Utah Park Pass costs $55 and provides entrance to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument. It is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $25 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Canyonlands National Park Open?

Canyonlands National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Canyonlands National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Canyonlands National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on trails or overlooks. Please review the Canyonlands Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Canyonlands.

Where are Canyonlands National Park’s visitor centers?

Island of The Sky Visitor Center – Open Year Round

Needles Visitor Center – Open Spring through Fall

Hans Flat Ranger Stations – Open Year Round

Land Acknowledgment

The park now known as Canyonlands National Parks is on Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) and Pueblos land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

Places to Stay Near Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park Camping

Canyonlands National Park has two campgrounds. One in each of the Island of the Sky District and the Needles District. Both campgrounds are open year round. Select sites can be reserved from March to October. Reservations open six months in advance. The Canyonland campsites are first-come-first-serve the rest of the year.

Click here to learn more about camping at Canyonlands.

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Where to stamp your National Parks Passport Book in Canyonlands National Park?

The National Park Passport Book is the BEST and cheapest National Park souvenir. Every National Park Obsessed person should have one of these books.

If you are new to the National Parks, you can learn more about the National Parks Passport program here or jump right in by ordering:

IMPORTANT: Do NOT stamp your government-issued passport.

There are eight official stamps for Canyonlands National Park. Here is the list of National Park Passport Stamps you can get in Canyonlands National Park:

  1. Island District, UT
  2. Maze District, UT
  3. Moab, UT
  4. Moab, Utah
  5. Moab, Utah (Letters Capitalized)
  6. Needles District, UT
  7. NPS Centennial
  8. Passport 25th Anniversary

Bonus Stamps

  • Junior Ranger

Canyonlands National Park Passport Stamp Locations

Here are all the locations to find the Canyonlands National Park Passport Stamps. Not every stamp is available at every location.

  • Hans Flat Ranger Station
  • Headquarters
  • Island in the Sky Visitor Center
  • Needles Visitor Center
  • NHT Moab Information Center

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