Below are answers to many common, and some not-so-common questions asked by our visitors. If you feel we've left one out, please let us know!
Facilities & Services
What facilities or services are available in the park?
When are the visitor centers open?
Visitor centers at Island in the Sky and The Needles are open daily, spring through fall. The Needles Visitor Center closes in winter. Between early January and early March, Island in the Sky Visitor Center is open Friday through Tuesday (closed Wednesday and Thursday). Hans Flat Ranger Station at The Maze is open daily year-round. Read more about operating hours and seasons.
Do you accept checks?
Yes. We take personal, business, and travelers checks for entrance fees and tour fees. We accept travelers checks for bookstore purchases. All checks must be drawn in US dollars from a US bank. Personal checks $50 and over must include a social security number. Business checks $50 and over must include a tax ID number.
Do you accept credit cards or debit cards?
Yes. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express for entrance fees and tour fees. You may use your Visa, MasterCard, and Discover for bookstore purchases.
Can I get information mailed to me?
Yes. Contact us to request mailed information. You can save our printing costs by downloading brochures and newspapers from the website. Print them at home, and bring them with you to the park.
Where can I get extra brochures?
Canyonlands Natural History Association operates the bookstore in our visitor center and sells the official Canyonlands National Park brochure. You can visit them online at www.cnha.org.
Where can I buy an item I saw in your visitor center?
Canyonlands Natural History Association operates the bookstores in our visitor centers. Visit them online at www.cnha.org.
Does the park close at night?
No. The park never closes. Canyonlands is a great place for stargazing.
Can I get an entrance fee waiver?
Yes. If you are an educational group whose visit is educational rather than recreational, you can apply for an entrance fee waiver.
What is the weather?
You can get a general idea of seasonal conditions, temperature and precipitation averages, and a current forecast on our weather page.
Are there public phones in the park?
Will my cell phone work in Canyonlands?
Maybe. You may find limited coverage in some areas of the park. In many areas, coverage is nonexistent. Do not count on being able to receive service. Read more about area goods and services.
What kind of facilities are at the campgrounds?
Can I reserve a campsite?
When do the campgrounds fill?
Are there RV hookups in the campgrounds?
Is there an RV dump station in the park?
What's the maximum RV length in the campgrounds?
Backcountry & River Permits
How do I get a backcountry permit?
What kind of permit do I need?
When can I make a reservation?
How do I make a reservation?
Can I make a reservation by mail, email, or fax?
Can I reserve a permit over the phone?
Can I walk into a visitor center to get a permit?
Is there a list for cancellations?
What are the requirements for a backcountry trip?
Is there a lottery for river permits?
What is the river flow?
What companies offer shuttle services?
What are the requirements for a river trip?
Permits & Regulations
Can I get married at Canyonlands?
Can I film a movie at Canyonlands?
Can I scatter ashes at Canyonlands?
Can I fly my drone at Canyonlands?
Can I ride my ATV / OHV at Canyonlands?
Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Can I volunteer at Canyonlands?
How do I get a job at Canyonlands?
Last updated: July 21, 2022