You'll remember the night skies from your Canyonlands campouts 'til the day you die. There's camping sites and campgrounds throughout all three districts for you, your comrades, and your explorers-in-training (AKA, the kids). You might even try sleeping on the banks of the Colorado River. Read more...
Camping is a popular activity in Canyonlands National Park. Because of the park's size, multi-day visits are common and camping allows visitors to stay near the areas they wish to explore. Developed campgrounds are located in both the Island in the Sky and Needles districts. Dispersed backcountry camping is allowed in some areas, by permit only.
Willow Flat Campground
Located in the Island in the Sky District. It is open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. There are 12 sites with tables, fire grills and vault toilets. Firewood and water are not available. Maximum group size is 10 people, with a limit of two vehicles per group. Sites are $10 per night.
The White Rim Trail
A popular multi-day mountain bike and 4X4 route, with designated campsites available. Twenty individual campsites are arranged in ten camping areas. Toilets are provided at each area. When there is more than one site at a location, they are generally positioned to be out of earshot and, as much as possible, sight of each other. Each campsite will accommodate up to 15 people and 3 vehicles. No potable water is available along the White Rim Road.
Squaw Flat Campground
Located in The Needles District, is an ideal base camp for day hikes to popular destinations like Chesler Park, Druid Arch and the Joint Trail. There are 26 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bathrooms, fire grates, picnic tables, tent pads and water are available year-round. Group size limit is 10 people and 2 vehicles. Maximum RV length is 28 feet. Fee is $15 per night. Squaw Flat typically fills every day from late March through June and again from early September to mid-October.
The Needles District also offers three campsites for groups of 11 or more people, which may be reserved in advance. The Squaw Flat Group Site can hold up to 50 people and 10 vehicles. The Wooden Shoe Group Site can hold up to 25 people and 5 vehicles. The Split Top Group Site can hold up to 15 people and 3 vehicles. Nightly fees are $3 per person.
If you want to backpack, or explore areas away from designated campgrounds, inquire about the possibility of obtaining backcountry camping permits.
Backcountry Reservations information and forms.
Wood fires are allowed in the developed campgrounds and along the rivers. They are prohibited elsewhere in the backcountry. Wood may not be gathered in the park except along the river corridors where driftwood and dead-and-down tamarisk may be burned. River trips must use a fire pan and remove all fire debris from the backcountry.