Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park

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Island in the Sky

If you’re looking for quick access to some of the best scenery in Canyonlands National Park, the Island in the Sky District is for you. Not only is this the most accessible district in the park, its also home to some of its best attractions.

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  • The Island in the Sky district is the most accessible area in Canyonlands National Park.
  • Begin your visit with a trip to the Visitor Center, home to unique exhibits detailing the area’s history, geography, and geology.
  • Popular area hiking trails include Grandview Point Trail, White Rim Overlook, and Upheaval Dome Overlook.
  • Stay the night at Willow Flat Campground, one of only two developed campgrounds in the park.

Overview

Of the four districts that make up Canyonlands National Park, The Island in the Sky is the best choice for those who only have a short time to visit the park. Located on a scenic sandstone mesa, the district boasts many scenic overlooks, as well as quick access to the areas many outdoor adventures including hiking trails and campgrounds.

Location & Information

The Island in the Sky is located about 40 minutes from Moab. Take US-191 to Highway 313, then head 22 miles southwest.

Take Note:  Many park roads may be impassable during and after storms.

Contact Information

Canyonlands National Park
2282 SW Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532
435-719-2313

Activities

Visitor Center
Home to many exhibits detailing area history, geography, and geology, the visitor center is a great introduction to the park. This is also the only place in the area where you can buy bottled water. Open 9am to 4:30pm daily, with extended hours spring through fall.

Camping
Willow Flat Campground (one of two developed campgrounds in the park) is open year round on a first-come first-served basis. There are twelve sites with amenities including picnic tables, fire grills, and vault toilets. No water is available. Sites cost around $10 per night.

Hiking
The Island in the Sky is home to some of the most accessible hiking in the park. The Grandview Point Trail is an easy 2 mile hike and includes one of the best scenic overlooks in Canyonlands. Upheaval Dome Overlook is only 1 mile long and includes impressive views of the unique 1,500 foot Upheaval Dome. White Rim Overlook is 1.5 miles round trip and boasts one of the best views of 2,000 foot Colorado River Canyon.

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