Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

National Park · Utah, United States


Canyonlands National Park is a U.S. National Park located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. It preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. Legislation creating the park was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 12, 1964.

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Canyonlands National Park is at the confluence of two mighty rivers, which are together the lifeblood of a vast desert body. On a map, the landscape resembles some great breathing organ of the living earth––with arteries that are rivers and veins that are branching side canyons. In this system, one slender mesa protrudes like a stony sternum toward the heart of it. It’s called the Island in the Sky, so named for its solitary stance above the canyons.
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In the heart of the high desert, Canyonlands National Park is a rugged landscape that offers visitors hiking, stargazing, camping, and technical rock climbing. When visiting Canyonlands, you’ll have a clear view of the night sky in its full splendor thanks to low light pollution and excellent air quality.
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Canyonlands National Park is divided into 4 districts: Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers. While all share a desert atmosphere, they each have characteristics that keep visitors entertained from day to night. After sunset, Canyonlands reveals some of the darkest skies remaining in the U.S. Camping sites and backcountry opportunities are available, so be sure to pack appropriately for the park’s extreme temperatures. Check out the park’s website for a calendar of events.
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Within Canyonlands National Park, find a dramatic desert landscape carved by the Colorado River. The remote canyons of the Maze, the least accessible district of the park, are strikingly beautiful and largely untamed, characterized by miles of winding walls.
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