Canyonlands

Canyonlands Fast Facts

  • Canyonlands National Park covers a total area of 337,598 acres
  • The number of people visiting Canyonlands in 2016 was 776,218 *
  • Canyonlands was made a national park on September 12, 1964
  • The lowest elevation found in Canyonlands is 3,730 feet at the Colorado River
  • The highest elevation found in Canyonlands is 7,120 feet at Cathedral Point
  • The entrance fee for Canyonlands is $25 per vehicle per week
  • Canyonlands National Park lies in the Mountain time zone
  • We last visited Canyonlands National Park in June 2016
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Canyonlands Visitation Statistics

Random Facts About Canyonlands

  • Two major rivers are responsible for carving the Canyonlands region, the Colorado and the Green. The two rivers merge within the park at a place known as the Confluence. A rather long hike leads to an overlook of the area.
  • Canyonlands National Park contains some of the most remote land remaining in the continental United States. It is divided into three districts. While paved roads provide limited access to the Island in the Sky and Needles Districts, the Maze District is remote in the extreme, and special preparation is required for a visit.
  • Island in the Sky is a large and level mesa. Access to it is provided by a narrow section of rock known as the Neck. Eventually, the Neck will erode away completely, leaving the mesa isolated completely.
  • The map above shows the road entrances to both Needles and Island in the Sky. There are no roads connecting the two districts. A drive of several hours is needed to get between the two.
  • There is actually a fourth district in Canyonlands, a detached area known as Horseshoe Canyon. This area is best known for its impressive Native American rock art.

Where is Canyonlands National Park?

Canyonlands National Park is located in a fairly remote area of southeastern Utah. There are three districts, Island in the Sky, Needles, and Maze, the first two of which see nearly all of the visitation. Access to the Island in the Sky District begins off of US191, very near the entrance to Arches National Park. The city of Moab is closest to Island in the Sky, while the towns of Blanding and Monticello are closer to the Needles. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Canyonlands.


Island in the Sky Entrance
(38.489534762773054, -109.80784499784932)
Needles Entrance
(38.16937393058698, -109.71799063961953)

More About Canyonlands

We have pages on all sorts of things about Canyonlands National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, and pages to buy Books, Trail Maps, and DVD & Blu-ray. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.