The Needles Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park will close for the winter at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 and will reopen in early March 2018. The Island in the Sky Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. It will close for the winter at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 and reopen in early March 2018.
Law enforcement staff will remain on duty in both parks throughout the winter.
Permits are required for all overnight backcountry use. Park staff recommends that visitors wishing to stay overnight in the Island in the Sky district backcountry make advance reservations — and receive their permit two days or more before their trip — online at nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm. Permits may also be obtained by visiting the central reservation office at 2282 Resource Blvd. just south of downtown Moab, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except federal holidays. Information about backcountry use may also be obtained by calling the reservation office at 435-259-4351.
Visitors wishing to stay overnight in The Needles district backcountry must obtain a permit from the self-registration station located on the front porch of the Needles visitor center. Day use permits are required for vehicle and bicycle travel on the Elephant Hill Road in Needles and the White Rim Road in Island in the Sky. Permits for the Elephant Hill Road may be obtained at the self-registration station at the Needles visitor center. Permits for the White Rim Road are only available online 24 hours in advance of travel or the day of travel. Roads may be closed at any time due to unfavorable conditions.
Visitor services (lodging, food, water, gasoline, etc.) are not available in the parks, so visitors need to be well equipped with all necessities upon arrival. Additional information about Arches and Canyonlands national parks can be obtained from their official websites at nps.gov/arch and nps.gov/cany.