Backcountry Permits and Reservations
Backcountry and river permits may be obtained online. Overnight permits must be requested online at least two days before start of trip.
Permit Reservation System Update: Beginning November 10, all Canyonlands National Park backcountry and river permit reservations will be available on Recreation.gov. Be ready to enter reservations for all backcountry trips between March 10 and June 9, 2021 starting at 8:00AM MT on November 10. Permit reservations will NO longer be available night by night.
You must have a day-use permit for four-wheel-drive, motorcycle, and bicycle travel on:
You must have an overnight backcountry permit for all overnight trips into the backcountry. Permit reservations can be very competetive. Backcountry reservation cancellations will be processed between 11:30 am and 12:00 pm Monday through Friday. Any campsite/zone cancellations released during this time will be immediately available through the permit reservation system.
All day and overnight trips on the rivers require a river permit.
Academic institutions may conduct flatwater and whitewater river trips under a special-use permit.
Horseback Riding, and Pack- and Stock-Use Permits
All pack- and saddle-stock use requires a permit.
Last updated: October 26, 2020