Experience true beauty at one of Utah’s top national parks. From hiking to the famous Mesa Arch to setting off on the 10-mile journey at Druid Arch Trail, Canyonlands offers all its visitors a glimmer of spectacular wonder and open views for as far as the eyes can see. Whether you’re camping, hiking, or just looking for that picture-perfect view, sightseeing, an adventure will be in your future at Canyonlands National Park. To make sure you’re prepared, I’ve included a section on what to wear in Canyonlands, the top items to pack, tips about what NOT to bring, and common FAQs.
What to Pack for Canyonlands National Park – 17 Essentials
1. Quick-Dry Travel Towel
Whether you stay at a campsite with a pool or looking to relax with a mesmerizing view, a travel towel will have plenty of uses at Canyonlands. Featuring quick-drying technology, this compact travel towel will become a necessity while discovering Canyonlands. Keep it in your backpack, and always be prepared for new adventures.
2. Hiking Boots
You can’t go to Canyonlands without a good pair of hiking boots. From seeing the legendary Mesa Arch to looking out over The Maze, a comfortable and reliable pair of hiking boots will lead you onto every path you cross. To make this journey even smoother, be sure to wear them a few times before your trip to break them in.
3. Cooling Towels
Temperatures can be very warm and dry during the summer months, and the best way to cool down is with these soft cooling towels. Simply get it wet and place it around your shoulders or forehead for instant relief. This is a great accessory for long hikes and can easily fit in a day pack or tied around your neck wallet!
4. Water Bottle with Built-in Filter
No matter the season, temperature or hiking level, a water bottle is a necessity for Canyonlands. Whether you’re heading out on an all day hike or looking for a quick trip to a lookout point, water is key, especially as you can get dehydrated quite quickly. Drink clean water, stay hydrated and see beauty! This survival-grade water filter allows you to purify and drink water from ANY source, including natural springs you may find in the backcountry.
5. Packing Cubes
With plenty of activities to dress for, packing cubes will make your journey stress-free and practical in Canyonlands. With five cubes to choose from, easily pack your favorite outerwear and activewear in a functional manner. Label the contents of each bag and have a stress-free time packing and dressing while on vacation.
6. Travel Insurance for Canyonlands
Canyonlands is a location filled with adventure and outdoor thrills, and while some like to take a few risks, it is always best to be prepared with travel insurance. From health to travel insurance, I would highly suggest being completely covered for any unexpected accidents or mishaps. This is great for solo travelers, families, and international visitors.
The best way to see Canyonlands is by walking or biking, which means you’ll need to stay hydrated. Whether you need a little pick me up or want to reach your full potential at this amazing national park, electrolytes can help you throughout the day. Enhance your outdoor activities naturally and avoid the dangers of desert dehydration by adding these electrolyte tablets to your water.
8. Hiking Bracelet
Whether you’re a novice or an advanced hiker, being careful is extremely important. Feel secure hiking when you wear this hiking bracelet, with a magnitude of features. From its built-in compass, its 10-foot paracord, LED light, and much more, see the treasure of Canyonlands in all its beauty. This is a great investment for solo hikers or those in groups.
9. TSA-Approved LuggageLlocks
Keep your personal belongings safe and locked away with these secure luggage locks. From expensive hiking equipment to clothes or cameras, lock up your suitcase for added protection. These TSA-approved locks are great for long-haul flights, bus rides, or quick weekend trips. Just remember your combination, and you’re good to go!
10. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger
While service can be limited in Canyonlands, you never want to lose charge fully. From taking spectacular images to having your phone in case of emergencies, a portable charger gives you added security. Stay protected while out, and never worry about incidents with this small yet powerful charger.
11. Neck Wallet
Whether you’re traveling far to visit Canyonlands or looking for a weekend trip, this outdoor paradise offers plenty for its explorers. See it all and have a safe place for all your belongings in this small yet sturdy neck wallet. Carry a phone and credit cards on strenuous hikes, or use this neck wallet while traveling to make life more efficient and reliable.
From travel to hiking, this day pack will be put to good use. Carry the ever-important water bottle, extra layers, personal belongings, and a few snacks to keep yourself moving while on an adventure. This lightweight yet spacious bag is comfortable for all users and can be adjusted to fit all body types.
13. Windproof Travel Umbrella
Don’t let bad conditions stop your adventure. From canyon overlooks to amazing hikes, this windproof travel umbrella will let the journey last forever. Designed with strength and stability, cover more ground and see more sights with ease under this umbrella. Whether you need to fit two people under or want a bit more space, this is the perfect umbrella for you. Although Canyonlands is located in the desert of Utah, spring and summertime get occasional showers that you’ll want to be ready for.
From bright sunny skies to the occasional overcast day, the Canyonlands sun is always powerful. Protect your face from the natural elements and avoid a painful sunburn during your trip. From a simple baseball hat to a wide-brim, full-covering sun hat, feel relief from the constant sun!
15. Hanging Toiletry Bag
With water-resistant compartments and ample space, this hanging toiletry bag will be very useful in Canyonlands. Stay organized on the go, from makeup and skincare to designated pockets for sunblock, insect repellent, and other hiking necessities. Simply hang it on the back of a door for quick finds, or keep it in your tent for optimal use.
16. First Aid Kit
Fingers crossed, no minor accidents occur while you’re exploring, but if they do, this small and reliable first aid kit will keep you in the clear. Including basic first aid supplies and fitting in a sizable pouch, this kit can fit in your day pack in case of any emergency. From swelling and pain to small cuts, treat accidents with care.
17. Universal Power Adapter
Featuring three charging ports, keep your belongings charged and set off on a day of exploration. Whether you’re pitching up at a campsite or staying at a lovely hotel, never fret about a low charge while on holiday. With this power adapter, you can charge three devices at once, saving serious time so you’re not waiting around for your devices to charge.
What to Wear in Canyonlands National Park
With a desert atmosphere and changing weather patterns, dressing for Canyonaldnads is more about practicality than fashion. With hiking pants, leggings, and boots being the major staples in your attire, check the weather for additional options and layers. During the summer, switch out pants for shorts and jackets for t-shirts, while in the cooler months, layers are fabulous for fluctuating temperatures throughout the day.
Activewear fabrics, light colors, and loose-fitting clothes allow you the flexibility and range to be comfortable all day exploring. Good socks and shoes will give you support for a full and fun day of activities, and a good hat should be worn at all times to protect your face. So become a true National Park lover with a statement hiking wardrobe.
Below is a sample women’s clothing list.(All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience).
From fun activewear sets to traditional hiking attire, you can really pull out all the stops at Canyonlands. While most importantly, women should dress for the season. Hiking boots and wool socks can be worn at all times. With temperatures fluctuating throughout the day, be prepared to put on and take off multiple clothing items to adjust accordingly. Always wear a hat to keep your face protected from the elements, and style it up with a cool pair of sunglasses when you’re posing on the viewpoints.
Below is a sample men’s clothing list.(All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience).
Men should wear loose-fitting and light-colored clothes. From hiking pants to compression shorts, wearing clothes with optimal flexibility and movement is key. From roaming over rocks to casually peering out over the open canyons, being comfortable will get you far. As you’ll be outdoors for long periods of time, activewear is well situated, as well as hats, boots, and thick socks. Pack layers and cool pair of shades for pictures!
Dressing for the Seasons in Canyonlands National Park
Fall – September, October, November
With cooler temperatures, you can expect days in the mid-’80s, which is perfect for exploring. Think about wearing hiking pants or shorts during the day with a breathable t-shirt and keep layers close so you can stay warm when the sun sets and rises.
Temperatures in the fall range on average between 30°F to 88°F.
Winter – December, January, February
With colder temperatures and fewer crowds, winter is truly a magical time to visit Canyonlands. However, with days reaching the mid 20’s, wearing more warm layers and heavy jackets are essentials, especially since visitor center hours are limited. Wool Socks will not only make hiking more comfortable but will keep you toasty. I highly recommend gloves if you’re outside for long periods of time!
Temperatures in the winter range on average between 22°F to 52°F.
Spring – March, April, May
As temperatures begin to rise after the cold winter, spring brings life and color back to Canyonlands. With temperatures differing every day and a constant change in weather patterns, layers, and, more importantly, a lightweight rain jacket will come in handy. From joggers to waterproof pants, staying warm is essential when seeing Canyonlands in the spring.
Temperatures in the spring range on average between 35°F to 82°F.
Summer – June, July, August
If you choose to visit Canyonlands in the summer, be prepared for days that can reach 100 degrees. From workout shorts to sports bras and tank tops, minimal materials are optimal. However, make sure you wear plenty of sunblock. This is the most important time of the year to wear a hat that provides your face with a bit of shade and wear a fun yet protective pair of sunglasses.
Temperatures in the summer range on average between 60°F to 100°F.
Hiking: It’s pretty clear that the only reason you’re going to Canyonlands is for the hiking, the environment, and the insanely beautiful views. From investing in a great pair of hiking pants, leggings, or shorts to the next big sweat-resistant shirt, your number priority to wear is a good pair of Hiking Shoes or boots. Layers are essential as the early mornings and nights can be cooler, and no matter the time of day, a good sun hat will always bring protection.
Camping: I highly recommend camping while you visit Canyonlands. From sleeping under the bright stars to waking up in immense beauty, camping is truly spectacular here. However, always be prepared for cooler evenings and mornings by wearing layers. From hanging out around the campfire in leggings and hoodies to preparing your gear for a hike, camping makes up the Canyonland experience.
What Not to Bring to Canyonlands National Park
1.DON’T Bring Expensive Jewelry
Canyonlands is all about being outside, so there is no need for nice or expensive jewelry. Whether you’re camping or staying at a gorgeous hotel, I would highly suggest leaving it all at home. Embrace this natural environment and pack with simplicity in mind.
2.DON’T Bring Books
Star gaze all night and be amongst natural beauty in this stunning area. While reading a good book is extremely relaxing in Canyonlands, I urge you to bring a kindle or tablet instead and leave space for hiking gear or comfortable shoes.
3.DON’T Bring Cash
While there are a few shops in Moab where you can spend some money on souvenirs or gifts, cash is not needed at all. Spend your days hiking and nights eating delicious food in town all by a credit or debit card. Think about one less thing and avoid carrying cash.
4.DON’T Bring Electronics
Embrace nature and bring it back to basics with just a camera. While a phone is necessary for emergencies, leave the rest at home and truly take in the beauty that surrounds you. A camera is truly all you need to relive these memories for a lifetime.
5.DON’T Bring Full-Size Liquids
It’s always tempting to bring your large-size toiletries from home. However, save space and just pack travel-size versions. From clunky hiking boots that are essential to plenty of layers, don’t waste valuable space on full-size liquids.
6.DON’T Bring Sneakers
Sneakers are great for chilling out in town or relaxing after a busy day of exploring, but when it comes to Canyonlands, hiking boots are key. From uneven footings, slippery surfaces and rocky paths,supportive hiking boots give you grip and stability that can’t be matched.
Wearing loose, lightweight and breathable clothing is of the utmost importance while in Canyonlands. Truthfully leave the jeans at home and opt for materials that are comfortable to wear all day and in differing conditions. From Hiking Pants to linen trousers or shorts, wearing loose pieces will provide you with optimal movement whether you’re hiking, exploring or discovering view points. Light colors, cotton and linen are materials to look for when packing for this once in a lifetime trip.
FAQs about Visiting Canyonlands National Park
1. Can I camp at Canyonlands National Park?
Yes, you can and I highly recommend it. With amazing scenery, sleep in nature among the wild things. There are two campsites at Canyonlands, and they fill up quickly so try to reserve a spot at either The Needles or Island in the Sky. All national park campsite reservations can be made through Recreation.gov. There are other camping options in Moab too!
2. What is the closest town to Canyonlands?
The closest town to Canyonands is Moab, Utah. This small town has restaurants and fun shops to explore when you’re not busy seeking the beauty of Canyonlands.
3. Can I bike at Canyonlands?
Aboslety, there are so many amazing off-road biking trails in Canyonlands. However please be careful if this is your first time off roading, however you can also bike on the main roads which also offers a beautiful view and smoother ground. There are paved options for street bikes and you can take mountain bikes on trails too. Check out one of the many bike rental shops in Moab if you’re interested in renting.
4. When is the best time to visit Canyonlands?
The best time to visit is in the spring and fall. The weather is a bit cooler and the crowds have lessened which makes it perfect for discovery.
5. How much is it to enter Canyonlands National Park?
For a daily pass into Canyonlands it is $30 USD per car. However if you plan on visiting multiple National Parks within the year or plan on doing more than one day at Canyonlands I would invest in America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, which is $80 USD a year. This pass will cover everyone in the car – a steal if you’re multiple people visiting several national parks or forests!
6. How long should I spend in Canyonlands?
This is totally up to you and what you want to see, but I would say two full days. This gives you enough time to explore and do all the major hikes and look out points. Remember to save time for Moab and Arches National Park.
7. Are there tour groups at Canyonlands?
Yes, there are, however they only take you to the popular viewpoints and hikes. If you’re looking to go off the beaten track, I highly recommend going by yourself. If you’re limited in time and want to see the top sights, a tour group is the best option.
If you’re looking for more guidance, the Canyonlands visitors center is the best place to start. Speak with a knowledgeable park ranger who can give you advice on what to see and even let you know if there are any guided ranger talks or experiences that day.