Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands National Park,

337,598 acres (136,679 hectares), SE Utah; est. 1964. Located in a desert region, the park contains a maze of deep canyons and many unusual features carved by wind and water, including spires, pinnacles, and arches; surrounding mesas rise more than 7,800 ft (2,377 m). Cataract Canyon, through which the raging waters of the Colorado and Green rivers flow, contains one of the world's largest exposures of red sandstone. Island in the Sky, a plateau overlooking the junction of the Green and Colorado rivers, has walls that drop in giant steps 2,200 ft (671 m) to the canyon floor. Upheaval Dome, pushed upward by the pressure of surrounding rock on underground salt deposits, contains a crater 1 mi (1.6 km) wide and 1,500 ft (457 m) deep. Also found in the park are many Native American petroglyphs drawn on rocks c.1,000 years ago. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, and beaver live in the park. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Canyonlands National Park

Address:2282 S West Resource Blvd
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:435-719-2313
Fax:435-719-2300
Web: www.nps.gov/cany/
Size: 337,598 acres.
Established: Established on September 12, 1964.
Location:In southeastern Utah. There are two paved entrances into the park: Hwy. 313 leads to the Island in the Sky District and is 10 miles north of Moab; and Hwy. 211 leads to the Needles District and is 40 miles south of Moab.
Facilities:Campgrounds (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), off-road vehicle trail, visitor centers (é), ranger station, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, kayaking, canoeing, interpretive programs, guided tours.
Special Features:In this geological wonderland, rocks, spires, and mesas dominate the heart of the Colorado Plateau cut by canyons of the Green and Colorado rivers. Petroglyphs left by Indians hundreds of years ago are also present. The Colorado and Green rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. While the districts share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration and the study of natural and cultural history.

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The Owyhee Canyonlands encompass an area larger than Yellowstone National Park.
Canyonlands National Park encompasses 527 square miles (848 square kilometers) of sculpted high desert in the southeastern corner of Utah.
In the 1850s, much of western Colorado and Utah's canyonlands was a big blank spot on maps of the United States.
For example, campers visiting Canyonlands may be surprised to discover that the same desert springs they drink from today were used by Native Americans thousands of years ago.
Flights will operate from the Canyonlands Regional Airport to Salt Lake City International Airport.
95) focus on Utah's two wonderful parks but also include sections on nearby Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches parks.
It means daytime excursions off the train to Arches and Canyonlands national parks in Utah, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, side trips that had us aboard tour buses for 21 hours during the course of the week.
The tour offers a wide range of trails and terrain options suitable for all levels of mountain bikers travelling through the states of Utah and Colorado on the rocky trails of the Canyonlands.
Luckily, Martin and I discover the friendly little hospital where they're used to dealing with such issues, but I can't help worrying a little when I think that for the following four days the group will be much further afield, riding and camping along the remote White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park.
From a base in Moab, you can explore the Canyonlands and Arches National Parks and a mountain bike trip enables you to uncover further terrain off the beaten track.
Arches National Park is five miles north, and Canyonlands National Park, site of many multiday rides, is 50 miles southwest.
Aron, of Aspen, Colorado, was right-handed before his ordeal in the Canyonlands wilderness of southern Utah.