Canyonlands National Park – Most Remote Place in the Lower 48

Canyonlands National Park – Remote Hikes, Dispersed Camping

Canyonlands is a wilderness of numerous canyons and intricately-formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. One of the largest national parks in the US, it’s also crowned as the most remote landscape in the lower 48 US states. It’s a wonderful spot for hiking and boondocking. We got a backcountry permit, which allowed us to dispersed camp along the Rim Road in the park, however we also camped along the Colorado and Green Rivers on the outskirts of the park without a permit. This is a truly unique landscape and amazing place to spend a week. Next time, we hope to get a view of the elusive and highly dangerous Maze.

We also found tons of crystals on BLM lands that we camped at outside of Arches and Canyonlands.

Pro Tip – If you want to see Dead Horse Point State Park, which is near an entrance to Canyonlands, skip the state park entrance fee. You can park on the side of the road between Dead Horse and Canyonlands and walk out to the edge. It’s also free to tent camp there. The photo of me below is from this point.

Driving into Canyonlands to get to the Rim Road.
Me overlooking Dead Horse Point from a place we walked to after pulling off on the side of the road between Dead Horse State Park and Canyonlands.
Part of the Rim Road through Canyonlands.

About the author

Lauren is a 'digital nomad' (for lack of a less obnoxious term) who works, lives, and travels out of her truck camper with her partner, Patrick, and dog, Odin, the one-eyed Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. She started TravelSages in the summer of 2013, and has since founded a digital marketing consultancy, called LyteYear, and a sustainability brand, called RePrint. Before moving into her tiny mobile home, Lauren lived in Chicago for 6 years, pursued two graduate degrees, studied abroad at Oxford, worked for a summer in Hong Kong, and traveled to various countries in between. She has a mildly unhealthy love of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Netflix, and breweries with good New England IPAs.


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