Use our Canyonlands National Park guide to help you plan the most amazing vacation!
If you’re looking for US National Park vacation ideas, keep reading to find out all there is to know about visiting Canyonlands
Below you’ll find tips and resources to plan your trip to Canyonlands: best time to visit, things to do, hiking trails, scenic drives, and photography spots.
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Canyonlands National Park Packing List
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- Merrell Moab hiking shoes or Oboz hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- Water – carry a hydration pack or a refillable water bottle in your backpack
- Healthy food that’s portable and filling!
- Columbia fleece jacket
- Wicking, quick-drying clothing
- Lip balm with UV protection
- Sun protection – sunscreen (even in the winter) and a sunhat
- UV sunglasses are good for summer and winter
- Travel hand sanitizer
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Canyonlands guide books and maps
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Camera gear – DOWNLOAD the free checklist!
A Photo Tour of Canyonlands National Park
Take a visual tour through Canyonlands National Park (and Dead Horse Point) to see the stunning landscape in the parks!
Canyonlands Travel Guides to Plan Your Trip
Use the following resources to assist you in planning the perfect Canyonlands National Park vacation. If you plan to extend your trip by visiting other Utah National Parks, we’ve got you covered there as well!
- Canyonlands National Park Vacation Ideas
- Visiting Canyonlands National Park
- Canyonlands National Park in One Day
- Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky Travel Guide
- Needles Canyonlands Travel Guide
- One Day at Needles Canyonlands National Park
- Canyonlands Island in the Sky vs Needles
- Arches National Park and Canyonlands in One Day
Best Times to Visit Canyonlands
There are important things to know about visiting the park during the different seasons of the year. You’ll need to be aware of the road conditions and closures. And there are times of the year when park services are closed. Check out these articles to know all about planning a trip during a specific season or month so you know in advance what to expect.
Visiting Canyonlands By Season
- Canyonlands National Park in the Spring
- Canyonlands National Park in the Summer
- Canyonlands National Park in the Fall
- Canyonlands National Park in the Winter
Visiting Canyonlands By Month
- Canyonlands National Park in January
- Canyonlands National Park in February
- Canyonlands National Park in March
- Canyonlands National Park in April
- Canyonlands National Park in May
- Canyonlands National Park in June
- Canyonlands National Park in July
- Canyonlands National Park in August
- Canyonlands National Park in September
- Canyonlands National Park in October
- Canyonlands National Park in November
- Canyonlands National Park in December
Canyonlands Attractions and Things to Do
Here’s a list of things to do, see and photograph at Canyonlands. You can plan your own itinerary to see the attractions in the park, or you can find a fun tour to explore the points of interest.
- Things to Do at Canyonlands National Park
- Canyonlands Hikes
- Canyonlands National Park Photography at Island in the Sky
- Best Photo Spots at Canyonlands Island in the Sky
- Arches and Canyonlands Photography Guide
Canyonlands Island in the Sky Activities
- Things to do at Canyonlands Island in the Sky
- Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky
- Canyonlands Island in the Sky Visitor Center
- Island in the Sky Hikes
- Island in the Sky Scenic Drive
Needles Canyonlands Activities
WHERE TO STAY NEAR CANYONLANDS
There are no lodging facilities in the park, but there are campgrounds:
- Island in the Sky Campgrounds
- Needles Canyonlands Camping
- Where to Stay Near Canyonlands
- Hotels Near Canyonlands National Park
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Moab – we enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this hotel due to its location close to Canyonlands.
- Purple Sage – our all-time favorite place to stay in Moab – walking distance to shopping, full kitchen, and only 8 units so you don’t feel lost in a large hotel.
- Red Cliffs Lodge – rooms up to 6 people – located 17 miles from Moab, this lodge is known for its beautiful location, winery and activities like horseback riding, fishing and more!
- Townhomes south of Moab – we really like the townhomes in Spanish Valley with kitchen, washer and dryer in the unit and a swimming pool/hot tub (just a 5 minute drive south of Moab).
- Rent an RV – have it dropped off at your vacation destination!