Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

At A Glance

Things To Know Before You Come


Island in the Sky
At the Island in the Sky, visitors with mobility impairments can access the visitor center and restrooms, Buck Canyon Overlook, Green River Overlook and Grand View Point Overlook.

In the Needles, visitors with mobility impairments can access the visitor center and restrooms, Squaw Flat Campground and restrooms and Wooden Shoe Overlook. Other points of interest are accessible with some assistance.

Hearing Impairments

For visitors with hearing impairments, a variety of publications may be obtained at the district visitor centers. Wayside exhibits with illustrations and text on natural and cultural features are situated throughout the Island in the Sky and Needles Districts and in the visitor centers.

Getting Around

Travel to Canyonlands generally requires a car. Once in the park, each district offers different opportunities for exploration. The Island in the Sky is the most accessible district and the easiest to visit in a short period of time. All other destinations require some boating, hiking or four-wheel driving to see the area's attractions.


Food, gas, lodging and similar services are not available in Canyonlands. These are available nearby towns of like Green River, Hanksville, Moab and Monticello. Visit the Grand County Travel Council for more information.

Weather and Climate

The climate in Canyonlands is extremely dry. Most precipitation falls in early spring and late summer. Summer highs often exceed 100 Degrees Fahrenheit, with lows in the 60's. Fall and Spring temperatures are milder, with highs in the 70's and 80's. Winter temperatures range from highs in the 40's and 50's to lows well below freezing. Snow is usually light to moderate.

Park Statistics

(FY = fiscal year)

Gross Area
337,598 Acres
527 Square Miles
848 Square KM

Total Recreation Visits for FY 2005 - 391,441
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2004 - 378,729
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2003 - 378,001
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2002 - 366,865
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2001 - 368,950

FY 2006 Annual Budget - $5,423,000
FY 2005 Annual Budget - $5,294,000
FY 2004 Annual Budget - $5,334,000
FY 2003 Annual Budget - $5,353,000
FY 2002 Annual Budget - $5,163,000
FY 2001 Annual Budget - $4,940,000
FY 2000 Annual Budget - $4,827,000
FY 1999 Annual Budget - $4,678,000
FY 1998 Annual Budget - $4,532,000
FY 1997 Annual Budget - $3,834,000
FY 1996 Annual Budget - $3,362,000
FY 1995 Annual Budget - $3,359,000
FY 1994 Annual Budget - $3,172,000
FY 1993 Annual Budget - $2,779,000
FY 1992 Annual Budget - $2,802,000
FY 1991 Annual Budget - $2,613,000
FY 1990 Annual Budget - $2,483,000

Canyonlands National Park, September 12, 1964
Public Law 88-590 signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson

Highest Point
Cathedral Point (Needles District) - 7120ft/2170m

Lowest Point
Big Drop Rapids (Colorado River) - 3700ft/1128m