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Canyonlands Island in the Sky

Canyonlands National Park's Island in the Sky District sits high on a mesa more than 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. From its lofty perch are endless views of the landscapes beyond. Island in the Sky is only a 40-minute drive from Moab, making it easy to visit during your stay. There is much to see and do at the Park: Stop by the visitor center, drive the paved scenic drive to spectacular views along the way, hike its many trails, camp, experience the star-filled night skies, and drive the four-wheel-drive roads that access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips.

Plan Your Visit

Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky is open 24 hours a day, year-round. Note: the entrance road can sometimes close in winter for short periods after winter storms.

Visitor Center hours:   The visitor center hours vary by season.

DIRECTIONS:The Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park is located in Southeastern Utah, 32 miles (51.5 km) from Moab. Driving time to the visitor center from Moab is about 40 minutes. To reach the Island, drive 10 miles (16 km) north of Moab or 22 miles (35 km) south of I-70 on US 191. Turn onto UT 313, and then drive southwest 22 miles (35 km) to the entrance. Click here for more detailed directions.

 PARK MAP: The official park map shows all the roads and trails in Canyonlands National Park. You will receive a copy when entering the park (if the fee booth or visitor center is open). The map can also be downloaded here, or you can purchase a copy of the park brochure that includes the map at the Island in the Sky Visitor Center, the Moab Information Center, or from CNHA's web store

The busiest season is from March through October. 
These holidays and weekends are especially busy:
• The weeks surrounding Easter (date varies)
• Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
• Labor Day (first Monday in September)
• Utah Education Association break (in October - date varies)

Entrance Fees You can pay at the park entrance station or online at
Admission to Canyonlands National Park is good for seven days.

Private Vehicle - $30.00
Motorcycle - $25.00
Per Person (bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians) - $15.00
Youth 15 and under are admitted free.

PASSES You can purchase passes at park entrance stations or visitor centers.

Southeast Utah Parks Pass (annual) - $55.00
Valid for one year through the month of purchase to Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Natural Bridges national monument. Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle or the pass holder and three persons (16 years and older) when per-person fees are charged. 

America The Beautiful Annual PassAmerica the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the United States.


These passes cover:
• entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges
• standard amenity fees (day-use fees) at national forests and grasslands and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers

Annual Pass - $80
Current U.S. Military Annual Pass - Free
4th Grade Pass for U.S. students in the 4th grade - Free 
Senior Pass -  $80 (lifetime); $20 (annual)

Learn more about available passes at:

Park map: A digital version of the Island in the Sky map is available here. You will receive a copy of the Canyonlands Official Map & Guide (which includes a map of the entire park) when you enter the park (at the fee booth or visitor center). Or you can purchase the map & guide at CNHA's online store.

Things to Know

Can I ride my ATV/UTV in Canyonlands? ATVs, UTVs and OHVs are not permitted in the park. Motorbikes must be highway-legal.

Can I drive to the Needles District from Island in the Sky? Island in the Sky is located on the top of an isolated mesa. The paved road into the park does not connect to any other paved roads or to other districts of the park. You will exit the Island on the same road you came in on to exit the park and return to Highway 191.

Can I take my pet? Activities with pets are very limited at Canyonlands. Pets are not allowed on hiking trails or anywhere in the backcountry. Pets are not allowed to accompany you if you are traveling by four-wheel-drive vehicle, mountain bike or boat.
Car temperatures rise quickly in the sun, even on cool days. Your pet can easily die of heat exhaustion. If you are leaving a pet in a car, crack the windows as much as possible and leave water to drink. We recommend you not leave pets in the car at all when temperatures are above 68 degrees F (20 degrees C), even with the windows cracked.

Can I get gas in the park?  There is no food, gas, lodging or other services in the park. The nearest amenities are in Moab, 32 miles (51.5 km) from the Island. Visit for details.

Will my cell phone work at Island in the Sky?Cell phone coverage is poor to nonexistent throughout Canyonlands.

What’s the weather like?  Check the Canyonlands National Park website for weather information or stop by the Moab Information Center for the latest weather, road and trail conditions.

Safety:  Hydration is essential in the desert, even in winter. Take and drink lots of water as you explore the park. Protect yourself from the sun by using sunscreen, wearing a hat and light-colored clothing.  Wear sturdy shoes.
Water is available seasonally at the visitor center. NOTE: There is no water available elsewhere in the park; bring all that you will need.

Help protect the park: Every Step Counts! Help us protect the dark lumpy biological soil crusts during your visit. Biological soil crust is a living groundcover that forms the foundation of high desert plant life in Canyonlands and the surrounding area. Please walk only on trails, rock or in sandy washes (where water flows when it rains), and keep all vehicles and bikes on designated roads.

Things to Do

Canyonlands Island in the Sky ranger talk

Visitor Center: Stop into the Island in the Sky Visitor Center to see exhibits, watch a park orientation video and shop the park store.  Rangers are on hand to answer questions you might have about the park. Water is available seasonally. NOTE: The only water available at Island in the Sky is at the visitor center. Water is available seasonlly, so bring all that you will need.

Interpretive Programs: Learn more about the natural and cultural resources at Canyonlands National Park. Join a ranger for a talk, hike, or evening program. Check here or check at the visitor center for times and locations.

DrivingThe paved 34-mile (55 km) round-trip scenic drive leads to many spectacular overlooks and trailheads along the way. Plan on spending at least an hour in the park in order to drive out to Grand View Point. You'll need more time to enjoy additional overlooks or explore some of the short trails.

Canyonlands National Park White Rim RoadWhite Rim Road: The 100-mile (160km) White Rim Road loops around and below the Island in the Sky mesa top providing expansive views of the surrounding area. Under favorable weather conditions, the White Rim Road is moderately difficult for high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles, and a challenging mountain bike ride. This backcountry area requires a permit for day-use and overnight stays. Trips usually take two to three days by four-wheel-drive vehicle or three to four days by mountain bike. Learn more about the White Rim Road.

Hiking: Whether you prefer a short, easy hike or a longer more strenuous experience, you'll find lots of different hiking options at the Island. Visit the Island in the Sky hiking page for detailed information.

Camping at Canyonlands National ParkCamping: Sites at Willow Flat Campground are available year-round: first-come, first-served. There are 12 sites with tables, fire grills, and vault toilets. Firewood and water are not available. You can get drinking water outside the visitor center spring through fall. Sites are $15 per night (Interagency Passes honored).


Canyonlands Star Party - NPS Chris WonderlyStargazing Canyonlands National Park is an International Dark Sky Park, a place recognized for its quality night skies and a commitment to protecting and sharing natural darkness. On a clear night, you can see stars and perhaps the Milky Way just about anywhere in the park.  Visit our stargazing web page to get tips on how and where to see the stars.  


Other Activities: Island in the Sky offers lots of different ways to enjoy the park. Click here to discover the many things to do at Island in the Sky

Sample Itineraries

Island in the Sky Visitor Center

Make the visitor center your first stop. Shop the store, watch the park movie. Ask about ranger programs. Get current information on trails, roads and weather. 
Then head into the Park!
In 2 hours you can: Drive to Grand View Point or Green River Overlook. Hike the easy 1/2 mile (0.8 km) trail to Mesa Arch.
If you have 4 hours: Drive to Grand View Point, Green River Overlook, and Upheaval Dome. Hike the Grand View Point, Mesa Arch, and Upheaval Dome Overlook trails.
If you have 8 hours: Drive the scenic road visiting every overlook. Hike several shorter trails or one of the more strenuous trails descending to the White Rim. Enjoy lunch on the trail, or picnic at White Rim Overlook or Upheaval Dome picnic areas.
Sunrise and Sunset: Visit Mesa Arch at dawn. Visit Green River Overlook or Grand View Point at dusk for colorful sunset views. Hike to the top of Aztec Butte or Whale Rock for a spectacular views.

Visit the NPS Canyonlands Island in the Sky web page for more information about the park.

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