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Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park

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National Park Service

Canyonlands National Park

Island in the Sky Campground (Willow Flat) has 12 sites, first-come, first-served. The campground is open year-round. The spectacular Green River Overlook is nearby. Nightly camping fee is $15 per site. Sites fill quickly spring through fall. There are toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings in the campground. There is no water at the campground. You can get drinking water outside the visitor center spring through fall.

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Location

Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park is located in Utah

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Directions

Turn on UT 313, approximately 10 miles north of Moab or 22 miles south of I-70. Follow the road 22 miles to the entrance to Canyonlands National Park - Island in the Sky district. Continue on the park road approximately 7 miles. Make a right turn toward Upheaval Dome, and follow signs to the campground.

Address

Approximately 22 miles west on UT 313
Moab, UT 84532

Coordinates

38.383273 N
109.888258 W

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  • Tent Sites
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24 Reviews

Greg L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2024

Scenic small campground

This is a NPS campground but is all FCFS, no reservations. 12 sites, most are small backin but several are good for TTs. One big accessible site. Vault toilets, garbage cans, but No water and no cell signal. $16/$7.50 senior.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Greg L., April 21, 2024
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Matt C.
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2023

One of the best campgrounds in Utah

There are only 10-12 sites and it's first come first served, so can definitely get busy. But if you come early in the am and just wait to poach a spot, that's the way to go (especially on a Friday).  Can't say enough about this location. Stunning in all aspects. The dark sky nights are unbelievable, and it's a short walk to one of the country's most breathtaking overlooks. Worth all the effort to get here. I'm a BLM dispersed camper by nature, but this is one official campground I'll go to.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Matt C., August 24, 2023
Pete K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2023

Limited but worth it

My buddy and I camped here in February 2021 and had no issues finding a spot around 3:00 on a Friday. However, I imagine this will get very crowded during the busy season. There are very few sites and it is in a popular part of the park.

It is a great campsite thought. The toilets, picnic table, and fire ring were extremely nice to have

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Month of VisitMarch
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Reviewed Jan. 28, 2023

Small Campground In Canyonlands National Park

Staying at this little campground feels like you're on top of the world, which must be why this area of Canyonlands is called Island in the Sky. It made exploring this area of Canyonlands easy, and led to a very peaceful night.

The campground: With only twelve campsites, this campground has a slower and more intimate vibe. While it's not the highest elevation I have camped at, there's a feeling of being really high up, and because the trees in the campground are low shrub-y things, it also feels very wide open. (But still enough privacy to not see the campers on the other side of the loop.) Unless you stay here around a full moon, the stars are incredible.

My campsite had a parking spot I could pull in; the spot for the tent was dirt. It also included a small pavilion that provided a little shade for the picnic table below, and a fire ring with a grate. There was a vault toilet across the road from my site. There's no drinking water at this campground.

The area: There are multiple districts in Canyonlands National Park, and you have to go different ways to get to each of them. This area is called Island in the Sky; it has several hikes to scenic overlooks of the canyons. It's a bit of a drive to get to Island in the Sky if you're coming from Arches National Park, and I would recommend having all your supplies ahead of time; especially water.

Booking: First-come; first-served. I stayed here in November, arrived in the afternoon, and there were only three campsites open.

Cell service: None. Don't expect to have cell service in any part of this district of Canyonlands. I had some at the Visitor's Center right at the entrance to the Park.

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Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Erin , January 28, 2023
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Laura M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2022

So Beautiful

This is a great first come first served campground right in Canyonlands NP. There are 12 sites that are $15/night, no host but ranger came by each morning. 

Sites have varying degrees of size and levelness with one pull through site. Each site has a nicely covered picnic table and a fire pit with grill. The parking spots and loop are paved. There is trash only (no recycling), vault toilets and a self pay kiosk.

 The campground is a .1 mile short walk to Green River overlook so there is quite a bit of traffic but it was not loud. This is a great campground to stay at and drive or bike like we did to explore the park. 

This campground does fill up fast so morning is your best bet to get a spot at least during peak season. We’ve stayed here in February and we were the only ones at the campground, but when we stayed in October each site filled up quickly. 

No cell reception in campground but some parts of the park does have limited reception, and the cell booster helped the verizon phone slightly.

NOTE: We witnessed several people pull into the campground and into either an empty site (one instance of someone using a paid for site) and stop to eat at the picnic tables. So if you drive through looking for a spot and it looks like someone is doing this and not setting up camp then ask if they are staying. You might just get lucky and snag a spot!

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  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Laura M., June 3, 2022
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Laura M., June 3, 2022
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SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 8, 2022

Gorgeous campground

amazing spot right by Green River outlook. Very quiet and it has wooden canopies over picnic tables which is lifesaving on a summer day up there. Decent amount of shade from the trees as well. I arrived around 8am on a Friday morning and there were 2 sites available. When i left around 10am on Saturday it was half empty. No Verizon service (and nowhere in the vicinity for that matter)

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Nora L.
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2022

Gorgeous site

Absolutely beautiful site, walking distance to the green river outlook in the park. Very easy to get to. Had a fire pit, bench, and covering that you can hang hammocks from at each site. Toilets dispersed. Only downside is the limited spaces, but makes it very peaceful. Got there at 4pm on a Monday and was able to snag a spot

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Nora L., April 27, 2022
Madison R.
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2022

Beautiful spot & location

Small, super chill and quiet. Great place to see the stars and a beautiful drive to get there. Got super lucky with our spot, I hope I get to camp here again!

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Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Madison R., April 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Madison R., April 17, 2022
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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2022

Exelent

Been many many times

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by david B., January 24, 2022
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  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by david B., January 24, 2022
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2021

Good basic small campground

Only 12 Sites. First come, first serve so come by noon

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Stephen D., August 26, 2021
K
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2021

Great secluded site

Stumbled upon this site while meandering around Canyonlands. Wicked convenient location for walking to the point for sunrise / sunset, and great amenities with the gazebos and tables. Sites were nicely spaced out. Make sure you pack up food properly, as we saw / heard substantial wildlife activity (IMO a perk of this site!)

Month of VisitJuly
Skyeriver  .The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2021

Ada great!

Clean space, clean toilet. Nice shade cover. Easy access to hiking and biking from spot. Great sunset overlook 1/4m away

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Month of VisitJuly
Amy S.
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2020

Hot in Early Summer

We visited this campground in early summer and it was already super hot and dusty.  I would recommend going there in the spring or fall.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Amy S., November 6, 2020
Brady R.
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2020

Mosquitoes Galore

Note that this review is from June 2019 when we came during a freak accident of mosquitoes basically overtaking the entire national park of Canyonlands and surrounding areas. Due to a cool, wet spring and early summer, mosquitoes would literally start attacking your car when you would park and immediately attack you as you exited the car.

Hopefully now that it's been over a year since I've been to this campground, things have changed. With that being said, it's an honor system - you pay and there is no guard on site. There are bathrooms, but nothing else since you're inside of the national park. Because this national park is so large, I would recommend buying everything and anything at a nearby grocery as you won't find anything aside from the visitor center inside the national park. 

The campground was lovely - lots of space, stargazing, and secluded - away from the crowds, but also conveniently located to the major sites to see. Would recommend (as long as mosquitoes aren't taking over)!

Rachael S.
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2020

Had a great night in canyonlands!

Got to the campsite around 10am and still had our choice of a few campsites. We stayed in spot 5. Gorgeous views and very close to the green river outlook and popular hikes such as Mesa arch and Aztec butte.

  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Rachael S., October 6, 2020
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Rachael S., October 6, 2020
Katie J.
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2019

Beautiful place

Great campground! But you have to get there early!!! Only ten spots. They were full when we got there but luckily someone was nice enough to share their site with us! Bathrooms were clean! 15$. Each site has a covered picnic table and a fire ring

  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Katie J., October 28, 2019
Lis G.
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2019

A desert dessert

Ready to witness what desert camping is all about? Try your luck at Willow Flat campground.

At Willow Flat, you'll experience the most awe-inspiring milky way views you've ever seen. I'm serious - you won't want to go to sleep. There are insanely clean pit toilets and recycling/trash receptacles that are cleaned daily, though no running water, so bring your own. Each campsite has a fire pit (be sure to check fire regulations - there was a ban when we went) and picnic table under a pergola (perfect for hanging hammocks), along with room for ~3+ tents and a large vehicle. There is some off-trail hiking to the west of the campsites off the road, that I'm sure is not recommended, but allows you for some really cool views of the surrounding areas. The Green River Overlook is an easy 1/2 mile walk, perfect for sunset enjoyment.

Three of us arrived on Friday of Labor Day Weekend around 2pm and all 12 campsites were full - we went back to the Green River dispersed camping in Moab (45 min drive) to camp for the night, then returned Saturday morning at 8am to reserve a campsite here. It was worth the extra driving, and we lucked out as a few spots were open. Sites are $15/night payable by cash or personal check on site.

Truly one of the best camping spots I've ever experienced.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Lis G., September 3, 2019
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Lis G., September 3, 2019
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Brendon G.
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2019

Campground with a View

Willow Flat campground is located in the Canyonlands National Park: Island in the sky section. It’s rather small with only 12 spots on a a first come first serve basis. Most spot fill up by noon. Fee is only $15 and is payed to an iron ranger (envelope drop box). Has 2 vault toilets that were serviced daily and the cleanest I have ever seen. Park rangers were very nice and asked us about our stay/ if we needed any additional information about the area. No water is available here though you can fill up at visitors center; use sparingly as this water is trucked up there from Moab. Only thing I could think of being a nuisance is the meat bees than seem to hang out in the mornings and nights. Simple screen room under the shade shelters solves this for cooking and just relaxing with out being bothered. Would definitely stay here again as it’s hard to beat this location near the Moab area! The campground is maybe 100 yards from the Green River Scenic overlook into Canyonlands! Our spot was number 5.

  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Brendon G., August 18, 2019
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Brendon G., August 18, 2019
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Thomas B.
Reviewed May. 16, 2019

So Amazing

Bring lots of water. And ice. Especially in summer. Town is a long drive. Great spacious spots, sunshade (not rain proof) and picnic tables, fire ring w/grill. Very quiet, but able to hear everyone in camp. Most folks seem to be there to explore or sight see, so up early and to bed early. But be prepared to hear your neighbor. Facilities were cleaned daily. And in excellent condition. Really great spot in Pinion Pines and sagebrush. In such great proximity to trails and viewpoints. We woke up 15 min before sunrise, poured hot water in our French Press, drove to Mesa Arch, pressed, and then hiked watching the sunrise. It was beautiful. One night we took our dinner plates to the overlook for sunset, it was an amazing dinner. Luck of the draw on getting a spot. First come, first serve. I could see it being a mess during peak season and holidays. Although we managed to get a spot and be there for mother's day weekend. Saw many discouraged cars circling and leave on many days, but many sites were available when we left.

  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Thomas B., May 16, 2019
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Thomas B., May 16, 2019
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Kristin A.
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2018

Zillions and zillions of stars

Are you feeling lucky? Grabbing one of the few first come- first served sites at Canyonlands National Park is tough because this section of the park is immensely popular and there are only twelve available. But it's worth the gamble.

We arrived at Willow Flat Campground around noon on a Monday to find it nearly full. As other folks mentioned, the campground doesn't have electric or water, so it attracts a more rugged crowd. Larger rigs might find the pads too small, but it was perfect for my 13' foot camper and the vault toilets were clean and accessible. I had brought an extra bottle of wine in hopes that we might be able to share it with some friendly neighbors and trade adventure stories, but the sites were too large and private to be that kind of spontaneously social.

Staying right in the national park let us experience a bit of desert therapy on a deeper level. We walked to the Green River Overlook for the most spectacular sunset and then hopped in the car for a quick 5 minute drive to Mesa Arch at sunrise and saw the rocks glow florescent orange. Those pictures are the stuff social media is made for. But the best memory that I couldn't capture via my iPhone was the magic of seeing the Milky Way at midnight. Sitting under heavy blankets in the inky quiet of a night sky, filled with more stars than could have imagined, made us feel very lucky indeed.

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Kristin A., October 17, 2018
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Kristin A., October 17, 2018
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Amanda D.
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2017

A photographers dream site - close to all the views

This is the only campground in the Islands of the Sky unit of Canyonlands National Park. I drove down from Salt Lake City on a Sunday in mid-March and snagged the last site at this small campground (it was just about noon). This campground fills quickly and has no reservations so you may want to come prepared with a backup (I recommend the BLM sites on the Colorado River closer to Moab). There are other campgrounds just outside the park as well that seemed available. The campground has large secluded sites, but only has a total of 12. The campground has clean vault toilets and each site has a picnic table under a shade cover and a fire ring. The fee is $15 per night. One important thing to note is that this campground has NO running water, so be sure to stock up at the visitor center and bring a 5-10 gal container. The nights we stayed it was a bit windy, but this is to be expected for a desert mesa top.

This campground is walking distance to Green River Overlook which is a beautiful spot to enjoy the sunset. There is plenty of hiking nearby to keep you busy during the day. I enjoyed hiking to upheaval dome and Aztec butte. I also woke up at sunrise to catch the spectacular views from Mesa arch. My one complaint about the campground is that it was far from Moab which I had wanted to check out and enjoy. It takes about an hour to get there from this campground. However, this is the tradeoff for being very close to the sites and hikes of the park. Overall this was a quiet and clean campground with all of the basic necessities, but I may have preferred to camp closer to Moab for convenience. For more info about the campground, click here.

Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Amanda D., September 29, 2017
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Kuo G.
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2017

Holy moly eARTh art

Wonderful cozy campsite. We got there thanksgiving morning. Barely slept and went straight to having our turkey feast... yes Turkey, while camping. There was grill, bench, a lil shade and couple of nice spots for 2 tents. But the main attraction is all the view loints surrounding the campsite. Known as the island in the sky. For us, it was extremely weird weather. It was snowing, but there was sunlight and barely any clouds. We drove around the area to see all the view points. Oh My Oh My Gosh

my fav.. mesa arch... must see in at sunrise

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by Kuo G., July 7, 2017
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Valerie
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

Quietest National Park Campground

This is the quietest, darkest national park i've ever camped at. There are only 12 sites, and they have great spacing, and most that camp way up in the Island In the Sky area of Canyonlands, are there for the stars, the peace, and the quiet. No barking dogs, revving engines, or loud music. This is the best spot for meteor showers, try to make it for an August Persed meteor show in the future. No reservations allowed for the campground at Willow Flat, it's a first come, first served camp. No water available either. Bring what you need! And enjoy the amazing hikes in the area!

John M.
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

Nice camping... But no place to hammock

I love Canyonlands and it's a vast national park. However if you're looking to hammock at willow flats, you're probably out of luck as there are little to no trees.

  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by John M., August 25, 2016
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by John M., August 25, 2016
  • Review photo of Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park by John M., August 25, 2016

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Does Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Island In The Sky (Willow Flat) Campground — Canyonlands National Park?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is fair, and T-Mobile is good.