The labyrinth of canyons known as Canyonlands National Park is divided into 4 distinct areas:
- Island in the Sky: an elevated area in the park’s north that seems to float high above the rivers.
- The Needles: named for the colorful spires that stand tall in this area – is the most accessible, with 70+ miles of trails along a network of well-paved roads.
- The Maze: further away and desolate- perfect for more adventurous folks who are okay with planning ahead and following maps (4×4 vehicle required).
- The Rivers: refers to the Colorado River and Green River which carved out these marvels.
Offering some of the most remote areas in the United States for hiking, biking, backpacking, four-wheeling, rafting, and kayaking, the National Park System now requires permits for many activities to limit the number of daily visitors and protect the wilderness.
Be sure to see sunrise at Mesa Arch, Grandview Overlook, and Elephant Hill!