For an unfurgettable adventure in eastern Utah, be sure not to miss Canyonlands National Park! The state's largest national park, this 338,000-acre site draws countless travelers with its pawnomenal red buttes, furrific natural arches, and puptacular views of the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Green and Colorado Rivers divide the park into three major districts: Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze, each offering unique outdoor opportunities.
There are no roads that directly link any of the districts, and while they may appear close on a map, traveling between them takes hours, so make sure to plan your itinerary in advance! Another impawtant thing to note is that not all areas of the park welcome canine companions. The backcountry, rivers, overlooks, and hiking trails are all off-limits to Fido. You can, however, bring your pooch along to the campgrounds at Island in the Sky and the Needles, on paved scenic drives and parking lots, and on the Potash/Shafer Canyon Road between Island in the Sky and Moab.
Sitting atop sandstone cliffs rising 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain, Island in the Sky is the most accessible part of Canyonlands and the best area to visit if you're short on time. It also offers the best opportunities for sightseeing by car, with several pullouts serving up pawmazing views along the 34-mile roundtrip scenic drive. Remember, someone from your pawty needs to stay in the car with Fido should you decide to check out the overlooks or trails along the way.
If you're not quite ready to go home at the end of the day, check in to the Island in the Sky Campground or the Needles Campground. Note that most of the sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the campgrounds fill up quickly during the spring and fall. Whether you spend a day or a weekend in the park, always keep your furry pal on a leash and clean up after them. Don't forget to bring your own bags!
A woofderful experience awaits you and your pupper at Canyonlands National Park!