Trail Run Project Logo

Canyonlands National Park

Suggestions? Local tips? Tell us!

Difficulty
Easy Difficult
Distance
mi
 - 
mi
Rating
Distance
mi
 - 
mi
Difficulty
Easy Difficult
Rating
Popular runs Here

Weather Averages


High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w/
 
J F M A M J J A S O N D

405 mi 652 km of trail 5 Featured Runs

Gems 4 Gems Easy Trails 56 Trails Intermediate Trails 27 Trails Hard Trails 8 Trails

At times, the incredible canyons and buttes of Canyonlands National Park seem to defy the forces of gravity. Formed over many thousands of years by the persistence of the Colorado River and it's tributaries, the park is a testament to the power of water. While the entire park was carved from the same stark desert scape, there are four distinct regions of Canyonlands: the Maze, the Needles, and the Island in the Sky, in addition to the rivers that divide the park. Each region holds unique beauty and different opportunities for adventure and exploration.

To learn more about about Canyonlands National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitors Centers:
There are three visitors centers in Canyonlands National Park, each of which operate seasonally. More information about specific operating hours can be found here.
  • Island In the Sky Visitor Center: Open early March through late December
  • Needles Visitor Center: Open early March through late December
  • Hans Flat Ranger Station (the Maze): Open year round, 8 am to 4:30 pm

Visiting Tips

Canyonlands National Park is open 24 hours a day, year round. The spring, summer, and fall seasons are the most popular times to visit the park, as temperatures are more moderate. Be aware that summer sun can be intense, and ample water and sun protection is necessary if visiting in the warmer months. During the winter season, services and visitor center hours are reduced.

Fees & Passes:

Camping & Lodging

Canyonlands operates two campgrounds within the park boundaries, Willow Flat at Island in the Sky and Squaw Flat at the Needles. Group sites are available at the Needles. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially from late March through June and from early September through mid-October. Reservations can be made atrecreation.gov or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.

  • Willow Flat: $15 per site, per night. Amenities include vault toilets, fire grates, and picnic tables.
  • Squaw Flat: $20 per site, per night. Amenities include potable water, picnic tables, flush toilets, fire grates, and tent pads.

There are no lodges in Canyonlands National Park, although hotel accommodations are available in the nearby towns of Monticello, Moab, or Hanksville, Utah.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or rest stops located inside of Canyonlands National Park. Come prepared and bring food and water with you when you visit.

Other Activities

Situated in the Utah desert, Canyonlands National Park offers countless activities for visitors. Whether you're seeking to unwind while hiking or prefer a thrilling ride in an off-road vehicle, you'll be able to find what you're looking for in the park. Nearby high adrenaline activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking and white water rafting are also accessible as are more relaxed activities such as backpacking, stargazing, or horseback riding. Visit Canyonland's website for more information on the park's other activities.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Canyonlands National Park - 4

Trail Run Project is built by runners like you. Add Your Gems

Featured Runs in Canyonlands National Park - 5

Trail Run Project is built by runners like you. Add Your Runs

Trails in Canyonlands National Park - 86

Trail Run Project is built by runners like you. Add Your Trails

0.7 mi 1.1 km
#1 Mesa Arch Trail
Moab, UT
0.7 mi 1.1 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
21 
7.9 mi 12.8 km
#2 Syncline Loop Trail
Moab, UT
7.9 mi 12.8 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
Moab, UT
0.9 mi 1.5 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
Moab, UT
5.9 mi 9.5 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
Moab, UT
3.8 mi 6.2 km Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry - perfect
97 days ago
2.1 mi 3.4 km
#6 Chesler Park Trail
Monticello, UT
2.1 mi 3.4 km Monticello, UT
All Clear
Update
Road to Elephant Hill Trailhead was dry and open on Jan. 12, 2018.
41 days ago
Moab, UT
5.7 mi 9.2 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
Moab, UT
1.8 mi 2.8 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
Moab, UT
5.0 mi 8.1 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
1.7 mi 2.8 km
#10 Slickrock Trail
Moab, UT
1.7 mi 2.8 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
Moab, UT
19.1 mi 30.7 km Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry
4 days ago
Moab, UT
4.3 mi 6.9 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
2.0 mi 3.2 km
#13 Druid Arch Trail
Monticello, UT
2.0 mi 3.2 km Monticello, UT
All Clear
Update
Road to Elephant Hill Trailhead was dry and open on Jan. 12, 2018.
41 days ago
2.0 mi 3.3 km
#14 Joint Trail
Monticello, UT
2.0 mi 3.3 km Monticello, UT
All Clear
Update
Road to Elephant Hill Trailhead was dry and open on Jan. 12, 2018.
41 days ago
Moab, UT
4.1 mi 6.6 km Moab, UT
Minor Issues
Update
Snowy - some snow but not too bad. There was one part that required scrambling up snowy/icy rock but I cleaned hand/footholds well enough to get thru.
57 days ago
4.0 mi 6.4 km
#16 Peekaboo Trail
Monticello, UT
4.0 mi 6.4 km Monticello, UT
Unknown
Update
Moab, UT
5.4 mi 8.6 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
0.6 mi 1.0 km
#18 Aztec Butte Trail
Moab, UT
0.6 mi 1.0 km Moab, UT
All Clear
Update
Dry
93 days ago
5.7 mi 9.2 km
#19 Neck Spring Trail
Moab, UT
5.7 mi 9.2 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update
Moab, UT
5.2 mi 8.3 km Moab, UT
Unknown
Update

Photos of Canyonlands National Park - 128

Trail Run Project is built by runners like you. Add Your Photos

Classes & Events Near You

Find More Classes and Events

Shop REI Adventures

Find More REI Adventures


Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running