Canyonlands National Park Rules & Regulations

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Rules & Regulations

In order to preserve the unique wilderness areas found in Canyonlands National Park, a set of rules and regulations have been established to protect the land.

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  • Mountain biking is only allowed on jeep-trails.  Single track riding is prohibited.
  • Pets are not allowed on hiking trails or on trips into the backcountry.
  • Fires are only allowed in developed campgrounds.

Camping:
Camping is available in two developed campgrounds, as well as in many primitive campsites throughout the park. Permits are required for backcountry camping. There is no camping allowed within 300 feet of water sources or archeological sites.

Fires:
Wood fires are allowed only in the developed campgrounds. Wood may not be gathered in the park, except along the river corridors where driftwood may be burned.

Cultural Resources:
Disturbing, entering or camping within 300 feet of an archeological or historical site is prohibited. Gathering or collecting artifacts is also prohibited.

Hunting and Fishing:
Hunting is prohibited. Fishing is allowed with a valid Utah State Fishing License.

Permits:
Activities requiring a permit include backpacking, four-wheel drive vehicles, mountain bike camping, horseback riding, river trips, and four wheel drive day use in Horse and Lavender Canyons. Fees run between $15 and $30.

Biking:
Mountain biking is only allowed on jeep-trails, single-track riding is prohibited.

Pets:
Pets are allowed in the park, but are limited to the developed campgrounds and overlooks along paved scenic drives. They must be leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed on hiking trails or on trips into the backcountry.

Off-road Vehicles:
Off-road vehicles are not permitted in the park.

Firearms:
The discharging of firearms is prohibited.

Portable Toilets:
All River runners and visitors vehicle camping in the Maze district and at the New Bates Wilson camp in the Needles must carry out their solid human waste. Utilize a washable, reusable toilet system, or the type of system that uses dry chemicals and enzymes to process the waste.

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