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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But Tariq and her husband went out again and again, camping in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and, as the years passed and their skills progressed, in places such as Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park in Utah.
Moab Under Canvas is located on 40 acres just moments away from the entrance to both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Glampers can stay in accommodations ranging from a teepee tent equipped with padded camping cots, safari chairs, a small table and a lantern, to a suite with its own private ensuite bathroom, a bedroom wing with a king-size bed, a lounge area with a sofa bed, and a wood burning stove.
Eleven mountain bike riders are massed at the top of the Schafer switchbacks in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah.
On April 26, during what was supposed to be a day trip near Canyonlands National Park,Colorado, Aron, 27, became hopelessly pinned as he scrambled over three boulders wedged into a narrow canyon.
One lucky entrant will win a Sierra Club rafting and backpacking trip for two in Canyonlands National Park. To sweeten the pot, contest sponsor Nature Valley will provide two Dana Design backpacks, a Jana tent, and a year's supply of granola bars.
Keri Nelson oversaw installation of the screens in the Needles District of Utah's Canyonlands National Park, where she had previously rescued a Western screech-owl from a vault toilet.
Utah's national parks include Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Dinosaur National Monument.
The "island" forms the centerpiece of Canyonlands National Park, just as Canyonlands forms the centerpiece of the Colorado Plateau.
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.
191 and State 313, Canyonlands National Park's Island in the Sky District ($10 per vehicle; www.nps.gov/cany or 435/719-2313) provides sprawling--and easily attained--views of the artfully eroded landscape, including Mesa Arch and the spire called Candlestick Tower.
A decade ago, when I was in my 20s, I met an elderly woman while hiking in Canyonlands National Park in Utah.