March 30, 2020

White Rim Trail Temporary Day Use Permit System Spring 2011

Canyonlands National Park near Moab Utah has initiated a temporary day use permit system for the White Rim Road, Shafer Trail, and Potash Road within Canyonlands to improve safety and minimize damage while additional road maintenance and repairs continue along the Green River corridor, Upheaval Bottom, Taylor Wash, Hardscrabble Hill and Murphy Hogback throughout the 2011 spring season.

White Rim Day Use Permits are FREE and REQUIRED for all day use beginning March 1st.  This new permit system applies to all vehicle traffic including Mountain Bikes, Motorcycles, 4×4 Vehicles and 4WD Trucks through 31 May 2011.  Group size is limited to a maximum of 15 people and 3 motorized vehicles (including motorcycles – must be street legal with a sound limit of 80 decibels).

White Rim Trail Canyonlands National Park

White Rim Trail Canyonlands National Park, photo by Anthony Sloan

Free White Rim Day Use Permits may be obtained in advance at the following locations:
• Arches National Park Visitor Center
• Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky Visitor Center
• National Park Service Southeast Utah Group office at 2282 S. West Resource Blvd, Moab
• Moab Information Center, Center and Main, downtown Moab
• Permits are also available for customers at Jeep rental businesses throughout Moab

Here are some tips to help make travel along the White Rim Road a safe and rewarding experience for everyone:

• Use Caution – the White Rim Road has two-way traffic and is often only one lane wide.
• Drive with Your Eyes Open – look ahead for on-coming vehicles, passing takes planning.
• Communicate Clearly – when you yield, exit your vehicle to wave on the passing vehicle.
• Protect Fragile Desert Vegetation – use established pullouts, a wash or slickrock to pass.
• Back it Up – use reverse to access the perfect pullout that you just passed.
• Be a Steward of the Land – carry out all trash & garbage, including compostables.
• Share the Road – treat everyone with the same respect and courtesy you expect.

Cliffrose on White Rim Trail in Canyonlands

Cliffrose on White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, photo by Anthony Sloan

Additional information on this new White Rim Road Day Use Permit may be obtained on Canyonlands National Park official website ( or by calling the Canyonlands National Park Reservation Office at 435-259-4351.