Finding your activities in Canyonlands National Park

 The most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth-there is nothing else like it anywhere."   -Edward Abbey

Canyonlands is broken up into 3 Districts. The most popular section is north of Moab in the Island in Sky District. The second most visited is The Needles District, NorthEast of Monticello. 

 
 

Things to know about Canyonlands National Park

The park is divided into Four Districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the combined rivers—the Green and Colorado—which carved two large canyons into the Colorado Plateau. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own individual character.

 SHORT HIKES        

Short on time? Four short, selfguiding interpretive trails highlight various aspects of the area's deep Southwest culture. Over 60 miles of interconnecting trails present hikers with spectacular canyon scenery. Some of the more common routes are described below. Trails range from slickrock benches and sandy washes, and some may require negotiating steep, rocky passes with drop-offs, narrow areas and ladders. WATER SOURCES are few and far between, show up with the water you need for your trip to avoid having to drive back to the Visitors Center.

Island in the Sky- Easiest to access out of the districts in the park, 

Needles District-  2nd most accessible part of the park including, Chesler Park, Druid Arch

The Maze- 

  

Needles District

Roadside Ruin .3 mi/.5 km, 20 minutes Easy trail. Leads to an ancestral Puebloan granary. 

Cave Spring .6 mi/1 km, 45 minutes Two ladders. Leads to historic cowboy camp and prehistoric pictographs. 

Pothole Point-(Below)Is best seen after a fresh desert rain storm, is an easy .2 mile walk about with some gorgeous views of the Needles sticking out in the distance. 

Slickrock Trail 2.4 mi/4 km, 2 hours Uneven surface. Several viewpoints and sometimes bighorn sheep.

The most beaUTAHful puddles, are found in Canyonlands at Pot Hole Point in the Needles District. 

The most beaUTAHful puddles, are found in Canyonlands at Pot Hole Point in the Needles District. 

 

 

Photo of myself, out at Pot Hole Point Trail in Canyonlands By: Mario Torrez @Utahspots

Photo of myself, out at Pot Hole Point Trail in Canyonlands By: Mario Torrez @Utahspots

 

 

Island in the Sky District

The Island in the Sky mesa rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Every overlook offers a different perspective on Canyonlands' spectacular landscape. The Island is the easiest district to visit in a short period of time, offering many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips.

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  Mesa Arch

Catching this spot at Sunrise you will quickly see it is one of the most popular spots in Canyonlands. If you are hoping to capture a perfect photo like this, you better get there as early as Michelle @hike_utah did. About an hour before sunrise a large line of eager photographers starts to line up.

 

 

 

Dead Horse Point State Park

There are many ways to enjoy Dead Horse Point State Park, one of them is several of the Mt. biking trails around the rim or down into the beautifully carved canyons. Located on the border of Canyonlands Island in the Sky District, this is a must see while your touring the area. 

There are many ways to enjoy Dead Horse Point State Park, one of them is several of the Mt. biking trails around the rim or down into the beautifully carved canyons. Located on the border of Canyonlands Island in the Sky District, this is a must see while your touring the area. 

April & May are the best times of the year to see beautiful cactus blossoms. For a free flower guide to identify what you see check out  https://www.nps.gov/arch/learn/nature/upload/GLOSSARY.pdf

April & May are the best times of the year to see beautiful cactus blossoms. For a free flower guide to identify what you see check out  https://www.nps.gov/arch/learn/nature/upload/GLOSSARY.pdf

Upheaval Dome Trail

  • Distance: 1.5 Miles Round Trip 
  • Rating: 5 Stars
  • Average Length: .5 Hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Description: Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail in Canyonlands National Park's Island in the Sky region is an out and back 1-1.5mi. RT moderate hike that leads to an interesting view of a very intriguing rock formation.

Grand View Point Trail

  • Distance: 2 Miles Round Trip 
  • Rating: 5 Stars
  • Average Length: 1 Hours
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  • Description: Grand View is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Syncline Loop

  • Distance: 8.3 Miles Round Trip 
  • Rating: 5 Stars
  • Average Length: 5 Hours
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Description: This strenuous backcountry route follows the washes on either side of Upheaval Dome. Spur trails partway around the loop provide access to the center of the crater (3 mi/4.8 km) and the Green River (7 mi/11.2 km.) Total elevation change is roughly 1,300 feet. The north side of the loop passes through a riparian area where water and shade are usually available. There is one designated campsite along the trail.

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