Introducing Canyonlands National Park
Covering 527 sq miles, Canyonlands (
You can hike, raft and 4WD (Cataract Canyon offers some of the wildest white water in the West), but be sure that you have plenty of gas, food and water before leaving Moab. Difficult terrain and lack of water render this the least developed and visited of the major Southwestern national parks.
The canyons of the Colorado and Green Rivers divide the park into three districts. Island in the Sky is most easily reached and offers amazing views. There’s a helpful visitor center (
Needles is on Hwy 211, which heads west from Hwy 191, 40 miles south of Moab; you’ll find more great views here and a smaller visitor center (
In addition to entrance fees, permits are required for overnight backcountry and mountain biking camping, 4WD trips, and river trips. Reserve at least two weeks ahead, by fax or mail only, with the Canyonlands NP Reservations Office (
Utah Parks Circuit
It may only be the USA's thirteenth largest state, but Utah packs more into its 200,000 square kilometres than most countries, let alone states, could ever dream of.