canyonlands national park     moab, ut

A lifetime of exploration awaits you.

 

Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries.

 

Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves.

These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.

Canyonlands National Park preserves 337,598 acres of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches, and spires in the heart of southeast Utah's high desert.

 

Water and gravity have been the prime architects of this land, sculpting layers of rock into the rugged landscape you see today.

 

Canyonlands preserves the natural beauty and human history throughout its four districts, which are divided by the Green and Colorado rivers.

 

While the districts share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration and adventure.

Though they appear close on a map, there are no roads that directly link the districts. Traveling between them requires two to six hours by car as there are few places to cross the rivers. 

 

Most people find it impractical to visit more than one area in a single trip.

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