Canyonlands Packing List for Summer and Winter

Here’s our Canyonlands National Park Packing List for summer and winter so you’re prepared no matter when you go!

Use our Canyonlands National Park guide with other helpful tips and resources to plan your trip.

The climate and altitude in southeast Utah can be harsh if you’re not prepared with the right clothing, hydration, food, personal items and hiking gear.

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Keep reading to see the full list of items to pack. You can download the checklist below!

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Below are the clothing, hydration, food, personal items and hiking gear we recommend you pack when visiting Canyonlands National Park.

America the Beautiful Pass

The first thing your packing list should be the US National Parks Pass!

The America the Beautiful Annual Pass costs $80 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase. For the most current information on passes, reference the National Park Service website.

The pass allows two signatures so it can be shared, and the two people don’t have to be related. You will need to show photo ID each time you use the pass.

Order passes online or get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas. We like to BUY THE PASS AT REI because we can get it right away… and they will donate 10% of sales to the National Park Foundation.

Hiking Gear for Canyonlands

Sturdy hiking shoes are best for all Canyonlands hikes. Sneakers and sandals aren’t the best when walking on the slickrock at Canyonlands. 

Outdoor Gear we recommend! Travel Gear & Hiking Gear

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Clothing to Wear at Canyonlands

Wicking is important for any clothing that touches skin. The awesome thing about wicking fabric is it pulls moisture (sweat) away from you and moves it to the fabric’s outer surface, where it can dry quickly.

This type of clothing lets you break a sweat without feeling clammy or chilled, and it’s perfect for the desert climate found at Canyonlands. It’s all about the LAYERS when doing outdoor activity.

Daypack Items for Canyonlands

Hydration at Canyonlands is so important due to the climate and altitude in the southeastern part of Utah. READ: Hydration Basics by REI

Other Items to Pack

BUY AT AMAZON: Arches and Canyonlands Guides and Maps:

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Camera Equipment to Pack for Canyonlands

Be sure you have all the camera gear necessary to capture the stunning landscape!

Grab our Arches & Canyonlands Itinerary and Photography Guide with tips and best times to take pictures at each point of interest!

DOWNLOAD the Canyonlands Packing List

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Plan Your Canyonlands Vacation


There are no lodging facilities in the park, but there are campgrounds.

Where to stay near Canyonlands – these are our favorite places in Moab:

  •  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 town – 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!

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