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Resources for Planning A Canyonlands Trip

This is where you can find things such as websites, helpful phone numbers, friends groups and cooperating associations, and, sometimes, books relating to the park.

Canyonlands National Park:

Visitor Information

Reservation Office (Backcountry Information)

For information on backcountry travel and permits, visit this site.


7-day vehicle access: $10

7-day access on foot, bicycle, or motorcycle: $5

Annual passport for Canyonlands and Arches: $25

For park maps, visit this site.

Moab area lodging, dining, and activity information:

Friends Organization

The Canyonlands Natural History Association is a nonprofit organization established to assist the scientific and educational efforts of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service, agencies that together oversee more than 7.5 million acres of federal land in southeast Utah and the Four Corners Area.

Helpful Books

Running Dry, A Journey From Source to Sea Down the Colorado River

Part travelogue, part warning shot across the bow, Jonathan Waterman in his latest book takes us on a year-long journey down the Colorado River from source to the Sea of Cortez that should scare the wits out of those in the Southwest convince them to read the dusty writing on the wall.

Stars Above, Earth Below, A Guide To Astronomy In the National Parks

Add Stars Above, Earth Below, a Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks to your library and you'll not only gain a better appreciation of the dark skies over national parks, but you'll also be better informed on the stars twinkling at you.

Common Southwestern Plants, An Identification Guide

Anyone who spends time hiking in the national parks of the Southwest needs a good plant identification book. And Common Southwestern Native Plants, An Identification Guide, is one of those books.

Canyonlands National Park

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