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 new white water rafting trips by Wilderness River Adventures take visitors into the heart of Cataract Canyon which lies deep within Canyonlands National Park located in Southeast Utah.
Tour West also offers three- to four-day trips that cut through Canyonlands National Park, giving people time for other recreational activities, such as hiking, camping and exploring American Indian ruins.
Redd also is upset that the federal government will not allow the construction of a paved road through Canyonlands National Park.
Wilderness Inquiry's adventures include: "Montana's Missouri River," a five-day canoe and hike along the Lewis and Clark Trail; "Yellowstone Lake," a six-day canoe in Yellowstone National Park; "Colorado Rockies Horsepack," a five-day horsepacking adventure; and "Canyonlands' Green River," a six-day canoe trip through Utah's Canyonlands National Park.
Moab and Canyonlands National Park are among his favorites, especially when traveling with family.
Matheson Preserve, the largest wetlands area along the Colorado River in Utah; and, the 255,000 acre Dugout Ranch near Canyonlands National Park.
Where Canyonlands National Park now stands, Powell's now famous journal describes the "swift, twisting, angry current" and the "yellowish" color of the water.
Barger, Colorado State University -- "Impacts of Biological Soil Crusts on Ecosystem N Cycling in Canyonlands National Park.
Our story on page 26 explores the role of Canyonlands National Park in Utah in maintaining the sheep's numbers as well as establishing the animals elsewhere.
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