Size: 257,640 Acres

Year Established: 1964

Annual Visitors: 912,000

Firearms Information in Canyonlands National Park

Using firearms is prohibited in the park. However, as of February 22, 2010, federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. Federal law also prohibits firearms in federal facilities.

It is your responsibility to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, visitors can review the weapons code for Utah.

If you would like to learn more about the Gun Laws in Utah, you can click here.

Hunting in Canyonlands National Park

Hunting is prohibited in Canyonlands. 

To learn more about Hunting Laws in Utah, you can click here.

Additional Information About Canyonlands National Park

In southeastern Utah, Canyonlands National Park is recognized for its spectacular desert landscape, which was formed by the Colorado River. Here you can see  Island in the Sky, a large mesa with a flat top and great views.

Other interesting places include the Needles, which are tall rock pinnacles, the Maze, which is a group of narrow canyons, and Horseshoe Canyon, which has Native American rock paintings. Rapids of water run through Cataract Canyon.

On September 12, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill into law that made the park possible.

The park is split into four different areas: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the Green and Colorado rivers, which together carved two big canyons into the Colorado Plateau.

Best Time to Visit Canyonlands National Park

The best time to visit Canyonlands National Park is between the months of March to May and September to November.

Visitor Fees

$15.00 per person valid for up to 7 days.

$30.00 per vehicle valid for up to 7 days.

$25.00 per motorcycle valid for up to 7 days.

$55.00 for the Southeast Utah Parks Annual Pass

The pass is good for Arches and Canyonlands national parks, as well as Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.
It is valid for one year. It also gets in one vehicle or the pass holder and up to three adults.

Interesting in visiting multiple National Parks this year?

Consider the America The Beautiful Annual Park Pass.

This annual park pass to gets you and some friends into all U.S. National Parks for $80.
They also offer Senior, Military, and other discounts.

Visitor Centers

Island in the Sky Visitor Center


Grand View Point Rd,
Moab, UT 84532

Phone Number

(435) 259-4712

Hours of Operation

Daily 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures.

The Needles Visitor Center


Moab, UT 84532

Phone Number

(435) 259-4711

Hours of Operation

Daily 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures. Visitor center is typically closed from December 11 to February 12.