Canyonlands National Park located near Moab Utah is a beautiful park with vivid colorful landscape. It has four districts to it that include:
Canyonlands National Park
- The Island in the Sky
- The Needles
- The Maze
- The Rivers– named due to the two rivers Green and Colorado that cut the canyon
All four share a desert feeling each also has its own appeal.
President Lyndon B Johnson assigned it National Park status in 1964. The goal of the national park is preserve the beauty and rugged landscape for the enjoyment of generations to come.
Things to do in and around the park in nearby places
There are several things to do in and around the park, these include:
- Mountain bikes
The climate in the Canyonlands National Park is a cold semi-dry climate. Since June 1965 the national weather service has maintained two weather stations in the park.
Average high temperatures for the park run between 36 and 90 degrees F. The average cold temperatures run between 22 and 68 degrees F. Precipitation averages about 9 inches over 59 days a year. Snow fall is around 22 inches over 14 days yearly.
Must see views
Some of the best views anywhere in the world can be found in the Canyonlands National Park.
- The Island in the Sky has such beautiful panoramic views of the park. If your hobby is photography this is the best place you will ever find.
- The Needle District extensive panoramas of desert landscapes that has multicolored rock configurations rising from the sun- baked earth
- The Maze the least accessible and requires visitors to prepared for self-sufficiency and the proper equipment or gear for self-rescue
- The Rivers it is best to use local guided river trips
- Mesa Arch stunning views after a short hike through a trail that is sandy and rocky
Fees and or passes for the park
Fees collected are used to keep the park beautiful for future generations. The fees and passes include the following:
- Private vehicle are $30
- Motorcycles are $25
- Person entering by foot or bicycle are $15
- Under 15years old is free
- An annual Pass is $80
- 4th Grade Annual Pass is free
- Military Annual Pass is free
- Lifetime Senior Pass (62 and older) is$80
- Annual Senior Pass (62 and older) is $20
- Lifetime Access Pass (for those with a permanent disability) is free
- Southeast Utah Annual Pass is $55
Hours of operation
Canyonlands National Park is generally open year round 24/7. Each district has its own visit center with hours that change during the seasons.
Island in the Sky and The Needles visitor centers are open everyday spring through fall. The Needles closes during winter between early January and early March. Island in the Sky is open Friday through Tuesday.
Both Needles and Island in the Sky have campgrounds. The Needles Campground is 26 sites with fire rings, picnic tables, bathrooms, and running water. Island in the Sky campground is 12 sites with fire rings, picnic tables, and toilets (no running water).
For RV hookups there are campgrounds outside the park.
Hans Flat Ranger Station at The Maze is open daily year-round.