Located in south eastern Utah near the town of Moab, Canyonlands is an American national park. The 337,598 acres of fascinating and seemingly unending wilderness of beautiful canyons and rugged terrains makes Canyonlands the largest national park in Utah. The park has a unique, colorful landscape that was eroded by the Colorado and Green rivers into a number of canyons, mesas, buttes, spires, arches. On 12 September, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation to designate the Canyonlands as a national park.
The park has 4 separate districts; the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the combined Green and Colorado rivers. The two large canyons on the Colorado Plateau were formed by the erosion of these rivers. All 4 districts of the park have seemingly same characteristics of primitive desert atmosphere but each one has its distinct attributes. Many visitors describe this place as a magical place on earth which has no comparison with any other place.
Canyonlands is a famous tourist destination that attracts 440,039 visitors every year. The park had a record of 776,218 visitors in the year 2016. It offers various recreational activities for the visitors including hiking, four-wheeling, mountain biking, sight-seeing, and photographing, etc. With so much to offer, it is not surprising that the park attracts so many visitors each year. People enjoy hiking on the rugged and remote trails in the park and fascinating views from the overlooks. Moreover, it has plenty of wildlife to watch including various mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
There are four visitor centers in the park to guide the visitors on their trip to the Canyonlands National Park. The Island in the Sky Visitor Center, the Needles Visitor Center, Hans Flat Ranger Station and Canyonlands Backcountry Office offer maps, guide books, exhibits, and many more things to visitors to make them have atheir trip worthwhile experience on their trip.
Despite its vast and unique landscape, Canyonlands National Park is often missed out by most because of Arches National Park’s close proximity to the city and easy accessibility. The unique formations and remnants from the history are not getting their due share of popularity due to the same reasons. If you are a person who like adventurous trips to explore and learn and have some skills experience in hiking and backpacking in desert atmospheres, this gorgeous destination should be definitely on your bucket-list. The spellbinding landscapes, challenging trails, and recreational activities are some of the most interesting things that the Canyonlands Park has to offer. The best times to visit the Canyonlands are spring and fall when the temperature ranges between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the nights are cool.