Visiting Canyonlands National Park in June

Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern Utah. It’s known for its deep canyons and mesas carved by the Colorado River.

If you want to visit Canyonlands National Park in June, there are important things you need to know. Use this Canyonlands National Park guide to plan your June vacation: how avoid the crowds, things to do, what to pack, where to stay and more.

Canyonlands National Park in June

Canyonlands in June is a popular time for people to visit so expect crowds! You’ll find the highs are in the 90s and the lows are in the 60s in June.

To avoid the crowds, heat and intense sun, you should plan your outdoor activities in the morning and late afternoons.

You’ll want to be sure pack the right clothing and gear so you can enjoy all the outdoor Canyonlands National Park activities any time of year!

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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!

Visiting Canyonlands National Park in June

You won’t find much shade at Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky or Needles Canyonlands so it’s best to do all outdoor activities in the morning and late afternoons.

Check out our article explaining Canyonlands Island in the Sky vs Needles!

And all Utah National Parks are crowded during the peak spring, summer and fall seasons. Since Canyonlands, Arches and the Moab area are popular destinations, it’s another reason we recommend getting into Canyonlands early or later in the day to avoid lines into the park.

Is June a Good Time to Visit Canyonlands?

The best time to visit Canyonlands National Park all depends on what you want to do at the park. June begins the hot summer season, but it’s not TOO HOT yet. We recommend you enjoy the outdoor activities in the cooler mornings and late afternoons and chill in the hotel AC during the day!

Canyonlands Weather in June

Summer is a HOT time for visiting Canyonlands National Park. The average highs at Canyonlands in June are 93 with the lows around 60. The morning temperatures are just right for hiking, biking and exploring the park!

Enjoy scenic drives in your car with the AC running, or the hotel swimming pool during the heat of the day.

In June it’s important to stay hydrated and use sun protection:

You’ll experience a dry desert environment at Canyonlands so be sure to also pack and use lip balm and lotion as well!

Things To Do at Canyonlands in June

There are fun things to do at Canyonlands National Park in June like hiking trails, scenic drives, stunning viewpoints and photo spots! 

Canyonlands Visitor Centers in June

The Canyonlands Island in the Sky Visitor Center and Needles Visitor Center should be your first stop! They are open every day in the summer.

Take time to talk to the park ranger to get information about things you are interested in seeing and doing. Get tips and ideas on other things to do as well! 

You’ll find exhibits, book and map sales, backcountry permits, picnic area, and general information. Water is available year-round.

There are fun and interactive ranger-led programs at Canyonlands where you’ll learn about the natural and cultural resources at the park. Join a ranger for a talk, hike, or evening program. Check the website for the most updated schedule of events.

Green River Overlook
Green River Overlook

Scenic Drives at Canyonlands in June

Stunning views is what you’ll find along the Island in the Sky scenic drive. There are 10 overlooks and viewpoints to enjoy, and photograph, the landscape at this park!

Driving through Needles Canyonlands the views will be much different. Be sure to stop at all pullouts to enjoy the diverse beauty of the stone spires in this part of the park.

We recommend the Canyonlands GyPSy Guide App to hear fun behind-the scenes stories and local tips that play automatically as you drive, based on your GPS location.

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River rafting in Canyonlands

Boating in June at Canyonlands

The Colorado and Green Rivers offer miles and miles of flatwater for canoes, sea kayaks and shallow-water boats. There are also sections for whitewater river rafting!

In June the water might still feel a bit cold, especially in the morning. But the water flow is high so it’s the perfect time to enjoy the river section of Canyonlands!

Private Permits: You must have a Canyonlands river permit for all private river trips. You may reserve overnight permits up to four months before the following seasons and reservations close two days prior to a launch date. Day use permits are available year round.

Guided Trips: There are local outfitters in Moab that offer half-day to week-long guided trips with several nights of camping.

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Aztec Butte

Hiking at Canyonlands in June

Exploring the Canyonlands hikes is one of the best ways to really experience the park. There are hundreds of miles of scenic trails to explore, from easy to strenuous.

Some of our favorite Island in the Sky hikes include Mesa Arch, Grand View Point, Aztec Butte and Upheaval Dome.

We like the easier Canyonlands Needles hikes like Roadside Ruin, Pothole Point and Cave Spring.

Remember to stay hydrated and use sun protection since most of the hikes in Canyonlands are fully exposed to the sun!

Washer Woman through Mesa Arch

Photography at Canyonlands in June

Sunrise and sunset are always the best times of day for Canyonlands National Park Photography:

  • Canyonlands sunrise photo spots at Island in the Sky: Grand View Point and Mesa Arch
  • Canyonlands sunset photo spots at Island in the Sky: Colorado River Overlook and nearby Dead Horse Point!

Stop at all the viewpoints along the scenic drive at Island in the Sky to capture stunning landscapes.

If you’re serious about photography, check out our Arches & Canyonlands Photography Guide and Itinerary. We share the best photography spots at each park for sunrise, sunset and even night time…and give you our favorite 3 day itinerary! 

Milky Way over Mesa Arch

Canyonlands Stargazing in June

We HIGHLY recommend setting aside one evening to stay after the sun sets and LOOK UP! You’ll quickly see why Canyonlands has the slogan: “Half the Park is After Dark”.

In June you can see the milky way from 10:30pm to 3:30am. Yes that’s pretty much the middle of the night, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime type experience!

Canyonlands is internationally recognized as one of the best places for stargazing because of its remote location, accessibility, altitude and clear skies. It’s a popular destination for astro-photographers so you won’t be alone in the park at night. Be sure to use a headlamp with red light so you don’t disturb others trying to enjoy the night sky!

Jeeping at Needles Canyonlands
Jee at Needles Canyonlands

Canyonlands 4×4 Trails in June

Another experience of a lifetime is driving the Shafer Trail! It’s a challenging, unpaved backcountry road in Island in the Sky that connects with Moab.

There are also fun 4×4 trail at Needles Canyonlands, but check to see if you’ll need a permit for the trail you want to drive.

High-clearance 4WD vehicles with a low range gear (4LO) are required on all off-road trails in Canyonlands. ATVs, OHVs, or UTVs are not permitted inside the park.

These trails should not be attempted by inexperienced drivers since there is a high risk of vehicle damage that could lead to towing costs in excess of $1,000!

If you prefer a Canyonlands Jeep Tour, here are a few options:

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Biking in June at Canyonlands

You can ride on any public roadway at The Needles and Island in the Sky. You must ride single file. There are no road shoulders or bike lanes.

You’ll find hundreds of miles of roads for mountain biking for day trips and overnight trips:

If you’ll be riding on 4WD roads, there are no shoulders or bike lanes so be aware of passing vehicles.

Canyonlands Tours in June

With experienced guides on Canyonlands National Park tours, you can explore all the amazing sights the park has to offer and make sure you don’t miss anything.

Whether you’re looking for a half-day or full-day excursion, there are plenty of Canyonlands National Park tours available to fit your needs: guided hikes, canyoneering, photography, and river rafting!

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Tent camping near canyonlands

Camping in June at Canyonlands

Island in the Sky Camping: the Island in the Sky Campground is a small campground with 12 sites. It is fully operational all-year-round, but the sites fill quickly.

  • The campground has pit toilets, several picnic tables, and fire rings. However, there is no potable water, so make sure you pack water for your stay.
  • The campground allows pets.
  • The site has a “first come, first served” policy. You can stay for a maximum of seven days.

Canyonlands Needles Camping: there are 26 individual camping sites and three group sites around the Needles district for Needles Canyonlands camping.

  • Fourteen campsites in Loop A are always on a “first come, first served” basis. 
  • Twelve campsites in Loop B can be reserved in June… and they fill quickly!
  • Group sites are open from mid-March to mid-November.
  • RVs and trailers are allowed, but there’s a maximum of length of 28 feet. 

If you can’t find a spot in the park, there are many RV parks near Canyonlands National Park where you can camp!

To enjoy a more elevated type of camping, check out the options for glamping near Canyonlands National Park!

Arches Canyonlands guides and maps

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Things To Do Near Canyonlands in June

Canyonlands Itineraries

Check out our done-for-you 1, 2, and 3-day Canyonlands Itineraries to help you plan your vacation based on the time you have to spend at the park:

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