Road Conditions

Contact district visitor centers for current conditions before beginning any backcountry trip.

You may need a permit to drive on some park roads.

Rain and snow can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition or make them impassable. Weather

 

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Backcountry Travel Advisory

Backcountry driving conditions can change rapidly after rain or snow. Most backcountry roads in Canyonlands require high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles. All drivers should carry the following items:

• At least one full-size spare tire
• Extra gas
• Extra water
• Shovel
• High-lift jack
• Chains for all four tires (especially from October through April)

Drive Carefully!
Visitors caught in the backcountry with disabled vehicles can expect commercial towing fees in excess of $1,000.

 

Island in the Sky

Updated December 1, 2019

  • Scenic Drive: open
  • Shafer Trail: recent rain/snow; travel not recommended
  • Mineral Bottom: recent rain/snow; travel not recommended
  • White Rim Road: recent rain/snow; travel not recommended

Four-wheel drive is required on the White Rim Road. Other vehicles (e.g., all-wheel-drive vehicles, and low-clearance or high-clearance two-wheel-drive vehicles) have difficulty negotiating the rough slickrock, loose rocks, deep sand, and steep switchbacks. Permits are required on the White Rim Road.

Carry extra fuel and be prepared to self-rescue. During winter, all vehicles should carry chains.

 

The Needles

Updated December 5, 2019

  • Scenic Drive: open
  • Elephant Hill Access Road (2WD): passable
  • Colorado River Overlook 4WD Road: impassable due to recent rains
  • Elephant Hill 4WD Road: passable
  • Lavender Canyon 4WD Road: impassable due to recent rains
  • Horse Canyon 4WD Road: impassable due to recent rains
  • Peekaboo 4WD Road: impassable due to recent rains

Even when rated as "passable," four-wheel-drive roads in The Needles are challenging. Depending on the season, you can expect ice, up to two feet of water, quicksand, vegetation or rock outcrops that could scratch a vehicle, or debris that you must negotiate while staying within the boundary of the road. We recommend traveling in groups of two or more vehicles—both with winches—in order to facilitate self-rescue. Park rangers do not winch vehicles out. Do not attempt any roads if there is a forecast for heavy rains, which lead to flash flooding. Never cross flooded roads.

You must have a permit on some Needles roads.

 

The Maze

Updated December 5, 2019

Call Hans Flat Ranger Station at 435-259-2652 between 8 am and 4:30 pm for latest road conditions.

  • Highway 24 to Hans Flat: recent heavy rain/snow; travel not recommended
  • Highway 24 to Horseshoe Canyon: recent heavy rain/snow; travel not recommended
  • Green River to Hans Flat or Horseshoe Canyon: recent heavy rain/snow; travel not recommended
  • Hans Flat to top of Flint Trail: recent heavy rain/snow; travel not recommended
  • Flint Trail: recent heavy rain/snow; travel not recommended
    high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles only (year-round)

Maze roads are challenging and visitors must be prepared with the proper equipment to facilitate self-rescue. Visitors should carry extra supplies in case it takes a day or two for the road to dry out. Cell phone communication is not reliable. Rangers cannot winch vehicles out and commercial towing fees below the Flint Trail start at over $2,000.

Last updated: December 5, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

435-719-2313

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