Welcome to Canyonlands National Park
The Colorado and Green Rivers form a Y dividing the park into four separate districts, inaccessible to one another from within the park. Cradled atop the Y, Island in the Sky (30 miles, 45 minutes from Moab) is the most developed and visited district due to its ease of access. Its viewpoints look down into the incredible canyons of The Needles and The Maze.
The thin hoodoos, sculpted sandstone and epic 4WD trails of the The Needles (85 miles, 2¼ hours from Moab), offer an excellent backcountry experience for those with some prior know-how, but you'll need serious skill, equipment and proper preparations to traverse the 4WD-only roads of the The Maze (130 miles, 3½ hours from Moab), the park's remotest frontier. Northwest of here, out on its own from the park's other districts, Horseshoe Canyon (120 miles, 2½ hours from Moab), is a day-use area which features some spectacular native American rock art paintings.