Canyonlands National Park!

Canyonlands National Park
What is it? Canyonlands National Park protects the astonishing canyons and rock formations surrounding the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers!
What makes it beautiful? Canyonlands is divided by rivers into three totally unique environments: The Maze, Island in the Sky, and the Needles! When I went to visit the Needles, I was astounded by the deep reds of the sandstone, speckled with arches and hoodoos. There are secret places here, deep cavernous oases that are inaccessible to most humans. You can stand still and hear the unique silence of the desert.

You can also explore the rain-filled potholes and meet their ancient residents! Fairy shrimp and tadpole shrimp, some dormant for up to 50 years, emerge in the rain and grow, live, and make babies in the time it takes for the water to dry up. I could spend hours just watching these creatures forage!

How can I Help the Helpers? HERE’S HOW:

  • Pay the entrance fee to help maintain trails, signs, structures, and other visitor services!
  • Volunteer at Canyonlands National Park!
  • Donate to Yellowstone National Park!
  • Be a responsible visitor! Remember the old adages: Pack out what you pack in! Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints!
Where is this place? The Needles:

  • On UT-211
    74 miles southeast of Moab, UT 84532

Island in the Sky:

  • Grand View Point Rd
    21.4 miles south of US-191
    Moab, UT 84532

Horseshoe Canyon:

  • Lower San Rafael Road
    31 miles east of UT-24
    Hanksville, UT 84525

The Maze:

  • Lower San Rafael Road
    72 miles east of UT-24
    Hanksville, UT 84525

From Beaver: ~309mi (498km) — 5.2hrs
From Moab: ~74mi (120km) — 1.3hrs
Salt Lake City: ~308mi (496km) — 5.2hrs
From St. George: ~413mi (665km) — 6.9hrs

When should I go? Visit any time between spring and fall! You can visit during the winter, but some of the visitor centers may be closed for the season!

Click here to read about my experience in this park!

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

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