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Staying in or near Canyonlands
Canyonlands National Park has no lodging inside the park boundaries. The park is very remote, and is divided into three districts, two of which are accessible without major planning. The Island in the Sky District is about 30 miles from Moab, which has grown into a large tourist hub in recent years, due to its proximity to both Canyonlands and nearby Arches National Park. The Needles District is about 45 miles from the town of Monticello.
Moab overnight lodging options
The fast-growing city of Moab is generally thought of as the gateway town to Arches National Park, and of course it is. But it’s also the best base for Canyonlands, particularly the Island in the Sky District. The road to the area is off of US-191 just a few miles north of the Arches entrance. While the Needles District can also be visited from Moab, the town of Monticello below is much closer.
Selected Moab hotels and motels
Monticello overnight lodging options
The small town of Monticello is the closest civilization to the Needles District. Utah Highway 211, the road leading to Needles, is about 15 miles north of town. It is another 30 miles along this remote but well paved road to the park boundary. There are several lodging choices in town, which can be found via the links below.
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