Utah Guide for Tourist
CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK
This wild and undeveloped National Park is situated on the Colorado Plateau in southeast Utah. Elevations here range from 3,600 feet to almost 7,000 feet. It's an arid land of deep canyons and multicolored rock formations, with needles and spires, arches and balanced rocks.
The Colorado and Green Rivers flow through the park. An area of special interest is the Maze, a complex of canyons. Much of the vegetation consists of desert varieties, with pinyon-juniper. Wildlife includes deer, bighorn sheep, coyote, and fox.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are possible on over 80 miles of trails, which range from easy to strenuous. Horses are allowed on some trails. Cross-country travel is feasible as well.
Canoeing, kayaking, and rafting are available by permit on the Green and Colorado Rivers. A permit is also required in order to engage in rock climbing, with some areas restricted. Mountain bike use is limited to roads. Hunting is prohibited.
Camping Regulations: A free permit is necessary in order to camp in the backcountry. Permits are available from visitor centers. Campsites should be at least 300 feet from water sources and out of sight of trails.
In some parts of the park camping is restricted and campfires prohibited. A stove should be brought for cooking. Pets are not allowed. Spring and fall are the best times to camp here. Summer heat can be quite intense.
For Further Information: Canyonlands National Park, 125 West 200 South, Moab, UT 84532; (801)259-7164.