Canyonlands National Park - Utah
Updated: Sep 9, 2021
Canyonlands National Park is an American national park located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. The park preserves a colorful landscape eroded into numerous 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.
The park is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the combined rivers—the Green and Colorado—which carved two large canyons into the Colorado Plateau. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character.
Wildlife to expect include mule deer, coyotes, porcupines, desert cottontails, black-tailed jackrabbits, and many songbirds. A few desert animals are primarily active during the day, or “diurnal.” These include rock squirrels, antelope squirrels, chipmunks, lizards, snakes, hawks, and eagles.
We visited this park in 2016 and were amazed by the different views. This is another must on your National Park list.
Things to do and see:
Spend the day exploring the Island in the sky
Watch the sunrise at Mesa Arch
Take in the stunning view from Grand View Point Overlook
Escape crowds by hiking the Needles
Ponder profound Druid Arch
Take a front row seat at Green River Overlook
Brave the rugged Shafer Trail
Jeep-camp along White Rim Trail
Peer into mysterious Upheaval Dome
Witness ancient artwork of Horseshoe Canyon
Bring plenty of water
Bring and use sunscreen
Don‘t overpack - water and food unless you plan to camp overnight
2282 Southwest Resource Boulevard, Moab, UT 84532; (435) 719-2313; or www.nps.gov/cany.