Backcountry

Choose Your Adventure

Wondering what you can do in the Canyonlands backcountry? This is the page for you. To have a safe and enjoyable trip, you will need to prepare and plan ahead. Use this page to plan your trip; learn about Leave No Trace, safety, and regulations; and get a permit.

Backcountry and River Permit Reservations on Recreation.gov:

  • ALL backcountry overnight campsites and areas for the spring season March 10-June 10, 2021 will open for reservation on November 10, 2020.
  • All river permits for the spring-summer season April 14-October 15, 2021 will open for reservation on December 14, 2020.
  • All day use permits will open 24 hours in advance for each day.

COVID-19 note: All overnight permits must be reserved online at least two days before start of trip.

 
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Backcountry & River Trip Orientation

Helpful tips and advice provided in these videos will help you plan your trip and Leave No Trace while out in these pristine areas.

 

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Things to Do

 
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Four-Wheel-Driving

There are hundreds of miles four-wheel-drive roads in the park. You may need a permit on some of these roads.

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Biking

Mountain bikers may travel any of the hundreds of miles of roads in the park. You may need a permit to ride some of these roads.

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Hiking and Backpacking

Canyonlands has hundreds of miles of hiking trails with designated backcountry campsites. You will need a permit for overnight trips.

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Boating

The Green and Colorado rivers offer miles of both flat-water and white-water boating.Permits are required.

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Permit Information

Permits are required for all overnight and some day-use backcountry, river, four-wheel-drive vehicle, bicycle, and motorcycle trips.

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Regulations

You are responsible for knowing and following all General Backcountry, River, Horse and Pack, and Toilet regulations on your trip.

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Safety

Your safety is important. Familiarize yourself with some of the potential hazards you may experience during your visit.

 
 

Last updated: November 9, 2020

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Mailing Address:

2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

435-719-2313

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