Camping and hiking information
with tips for parents
Camping and hiking information
with tips for parents

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands has an upper area and a lower area that operate separately from each other. My family went to the lower area as we had heard that there were some wonderful hiking areas there.

This park qualifies as a two Roo site.
For information on the Roo rating system just click on the Roos!

I am sorry to say that my family had a bad experience with the employees here. We were lied to and threatened while attempting to enter the park. My hubby and I have both worked in this type of recreation area for similar federal employers and are familiar with the park rules. The ranger we spoke to was a bit creative with the park regulations. Most park employees are honest and helpful, but it doesn't hurt to know the park rules before you get there just in case!

There are several picnic areas and many nice turn-outs here for eating or stretching your legs.

There are four interpretive trails and one hike that we were able to enjoy. The area was riddled with trails, but you need a four wheel drive vehicle to get to the trail heads or you'll have to hike 16 miles round trip to reach any of the attractions. This is just too far for me to comfortably carry a 30 lb. kid in a backpack. If you have a four wheel drive vehicle, I envy you. This area has a lot to offer if you do!
The slickrock trail has some nice overlooks and is a pleasant hike (if you can ignore the incredible number of trail markers - it was pretty funny, actually). a nice little hike with some neat historical remains along the way. There is a ladder you'll need to climb, but it is well anchored and is only 14 feet high. This trail is about a mile long and you'll see some interesting rock formations.

We got the last spot at 11:20 a.m. This campground is pretty small and fills up early. Canyonlands lower area needs more camping! The campsites are nice. There are pit toilets here. We did notice an area under construction in the park and it appeared to be more campsites in the making. We did see a scorpion in our campsite - so use a little caution when you sit!

There is water available at the Ranger Station and in the campgrounds. Don't look for spigots though, the campground water is in large drums in rustic wooden boxes.

There are many Native American spots to see that were out of our hiking range, but if you have a four wheel drive vehicle - check it out! On the Cave Spring hike you may see a few faint petrogliffs (you'll see many places where people have gone off the main trail - stay on the path!) right on the main trail. On the way into the park you'll pass by newspaper rock. STOP HERE! The photo here is a very small example of the area. It's just incredible.....and please don't touch!


Located in South Eastern Utah, the nearest towns are Moab, Utah to the north and Monticello, Utah to the south. Both of these towns are located on route 191 but Moab is much larger and is better suited to providing gas, food, and lodging. Take the 211 east to the lower section of Canyonlands. The road is south of Moab and north of Monticello.

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