Canyonlands Island in the Sky Campgrounds

Here’s all the information you need to know about the Canyonlands Island in the Sky campgrounds, as well as the BLM camping areas nearby.

Use this Canyonlands National Park guide to plan your vacation. It has all the information about the campgrounds, camping spots, and backcountry camping regulations at Island in the Sky.

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Canyonlands National Park is a stunning landscape of canyons, mesas, buttes, and rivers. It is home to some of the most spectacular campgrounds in the Southwest.

With its rugged terrain and stunning views, Canyonlands has become a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to camp under the stars.

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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!

Canyonlands Island in the Sky Campgrounds

Due to the remote location of Canyonlands, always be prepared with water, food and proper clothing so you can be self-reliant.

You’ll even find sites to enjoy canyonlands winter camping. Services are limited or closed in the winter. Remember there is no gas, food or lodging at Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky or Needles Canyonlands.

Here’s a list of the campgrounds you’ll find near Canyonlands Island in the Sky:

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Willow Flat Campground 

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

The nice thing about Willow Flat Campground is that it’s only two minutes walk to the Green River Overlook and the spectacular view you’ll see there! 

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 also allows pets.

The site has a “first come, first served” policy. You can stay for a maximum of seven days.

Nearby Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Off-roading
  • Photography 


  • Areas for pitching tents
  • Fire pits with grill plates
  • Pit toilets
  • Covered and uncovered picnic tables with benches
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Island in the Sky camping

Island in the Sky Backpacking Camping Areas

During the spring and fall, permit availability is highly competitive. If you plan to visit Island in the Sky during peak season, you may have to reserve your permit up to four months in advance.

Go to to reserve the overnight camping site for Island in the Sky backpacking:

  • Select “activities and experiences”
  • Select Canyonlands National Park Overnight Backcountry Permits
  • Click “check availability”
  • Add a date, number in your group and Island in the Sky backpacking
  • You’ll see availability for the various Zones

More information about Canyonlands overnight backpacking.

Murphy Point Overlook (Murphy Point Zone)

Some campers believe that Murphy Point Overlook offers one of the best-kept secrets in camping due the view, especially at sunrise and sunset.

There is a 1.8-mile hike to get to the overlook and camping area. There is a limit of one permit (1 group up to 7 people) for this camping zone. Murphy Point Overlook is an open desert site without facilities nearby

Syncline Campsite

The campsite is reached via the Syncline loop trail. The trail is a strenuous 7.9 miles round trip. It’s a primitive camping site.

tent camping near Canyonlands
Tent camping near Canyonlands

BLM Camping Near Canyonlands Island in the Sky

You’ll find good camping locations on BLM land near Canyonlands Island in the Sky.

Lone Mesa Camping

The Lone Mesa Campsite is perfect for a large group of people. It is not part of the Island in the Sky, but is just outside the park boundary.

Lone Mesa’s proximity to the Island in the Sky means it’s a popular place to stay so make reservations in advance! The campsite does not have potable water and electric hook-ups, so make sure to come prepared. 

Staying at Lone Mesa means you are also close to: Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Gemini Bridges, the White Rim Trail, and the Green River.


  • Fire grates
  • Picnic tables
  • Shade shelters
  • Vault toilets
  • Parking areas
  • Water: No
  • Hook-ups: No

Horsethief Campground 

The campsites at Horsethief are surrounded by pygmy pinyon-juniper trees on the mesa above Moab with great views.

Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Horsethief Group Site is available for reservation through

People enjoy staying here because of the nearby 4WD roads and mountain bike routes as well as Island in the Sky, Dead Horse Point and Arches National Park.


  • Individual Sites: 85 (limited to 10 people & two vehicles per site); Group Sites: 5 (reservable)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Picnic tables
  • Parking areas
  • Fire pits
  • Water: No
  • Hook-ups: No

Cowboy Campground 

You’ll find secluded campsites on the ridge of the mesas above Moab to enjoy stunning views. High clearance required, no RVs, trailers or pull campers.

Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The area has many 4WD roads and mountain bike routes and is close to Island in the Sky, Dead Horse Point and Arches.


  • Seven individual sites (limited to 10 people & two vehicles per site)
  • Pit toilets
  • Parking areas
  • Fire pits
  • Water: No
  • Hook-ups: No

RV Camping Near Island in the Sky

In case you can’t get a spot in the park, you’ll find campgrounds and RV Parks near Canyonlands:

There are also quite a few BLM campgrounds in nearby Moab for RV camping:

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