Canyonlands National Park and surrounding area

Below is the official Canyonlands National Park map as a jpeg and in three geocoded formats, as a GeoTIFF, as a KMZ file, and in Oruxmaps format. The official park map as a PDF can be found here.

Canyonlands Park Service Map

Google Map of Island in the Sky

Probably the best images of Canyonlands come from the Island in the Sky district. These include False Kiva, popularized by Tom Till, and Mesa Arch with its incredible sunrise glow.

Mesa Arch is accessed by a short 0.3 mile on-trail hike. It is a strictly sunrise shot. At sunrise there will be many other photographers present and vying for space, even in January when temperatures can be near zero. Mesa Arch is best shot in the winter months as the sun will be furthest to the right in your frame, and fewer people will be present. I suggest you get to the Mesa Arch parking area one hour before sunrise. Start hiking in as soon as you see another car enter the paking lot. Set up close to the arch. Blue hour shots can be productive, as well as sunbursts. Shoot everything from ultra-wide panoramas to close-ups of Washerwoman Arch and the surrounding terrain. If the sun is out of the frame consider using a polarizer to minimize haze.

False Kiva is accessed via the Alcove Spring parking area off of Upheaval Dome Road. The hike to False Kiva, while only one mile long, is moderately difficult with some exposure towards the end. The trail to False Kiva is now well defined by cairns. Make sure that you follow the cairned trail closely, you could get into serious trouble if you don't. I have included both my track to False Kiva and the OpenStreetMap track on the Google map below. My track should be accurate except for the last 100 yards or so when steep cliffs and overhangs cause considerable degradation in the GPS signal. Inside the False Kiva alcove my GPS reported that the signal was only accurate to 300 feet. At the end of the hike to False Kiva you will be following a bench 100 feet or so below the kiva. False Kiva cannot be seen from this bench. When you reach the end of the bench you should see a cairn pointing steeply up the hillside on your right.

False Kiva opens to the south and is best photographed mid-late afternoon under indirect lighting. It also photographs well at night with the Milky Way in the background. You may see a few other people at False Kiva while you are there. You will need a pano head to capture the full alcove. There is an ammo can with a log at False Kiva, please sign in and comment. Do not enter the stone circle, or the roped off area in the back of the alcove.

Below is a Google map showing the locations of Mesa Arch and False Kiva

To view the map larger please click on the box in the upper right corner of the map. To view the layers and point on interest names click on the icon in the upper left of the map.

USGS 24K Topo Maps

There are four "units" to Canyonlands National Park. Three are defined by where they lie relative to the Green and Colorado rivers. The fourth unit, the Horseshoe Canyon Unit, is detached and is covered by the Sugarloaf Butte topo map found in the Maze section below. Here are the topo maps by unit:

Island in the Sky

Island in the Sky Topo Maps

Geo Tiff/Avenza KMZ Oruxmaps KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Bowknot Bend KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Cleopatra's Chair KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Horsethief Canyon KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Mineral Canyon KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Monument Basin KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Musselman Arch KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
The Knoll KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Upheaval Dome KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Island in the Sky Merged Map NA NA KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared

The Needles

The Needles Topo Maps

Geo Tiff/Avenza KMZ Oruxmaps KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Bowdie Canyon East KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Cathedral Butte KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Cross Canyon KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Druid Arch KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Elaterite Basin KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Fable Valley KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
House Park Butte KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
North SixShooter Peak KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
South SixShooter Peak KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Spanish Bottom KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Teapot Rock KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
The Loop KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
The Needles Merged Map NA NA KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared

The Maze

The Maze Topo Maps

Geo Tiff/Avenza KMZ Oruxmaps KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Black Table KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Bowdie Canyon West KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Clear Water Canyon KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Cleopatras Chair KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Copper Point KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Elaterite Basin KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Good Hope Bay KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Gordon Flats KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Head Spur KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Hite North KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Hite South KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Horsethief Canyon KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Indian Head Pass KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Jacobs Chair KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Mancos Mesa NE KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Mount Holmes KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Sewing Machine KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Spanish Bottom KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Sugarloaf Butte KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Teapot Rock KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Ticaboo Mesa KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Turks Head KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
The Maze North Merged Map NA NA KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
The Maze South Merged Map NA NA KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared

 


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