Canyonlands National Park

Trails I've Hiked: The Great Gallery At Horseshoe Canyon In Canyonlands National Park

Dinosaur tracks millions of years old can be tough to discern from ripples in sandstone, so it seems only natural to ask how to tell the real thing from fickle currents in the floor of Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park.

Save On Mountain Biking, Rafting Vacations In National Parks, But You Have To Act Now

Got a hankering to spin your wheels or dip your paddle in a national park setting? Our friends at Holiday River Expeditions have a special on now where you can save up to $250 on such a trip, but you have to act quickly.

Photographer Planning To Document Crumbling Side Of National Parks

Pretty pictures of national park vistas are commonplace. But how would you react to a photo that showed the crumbling side of the parks?

Poll Shows Westerners Want Protections For Public Lands, Frown on Fossil Fuels, Nuclear

A poll of Western attitudes on the environment shows some disagreement with politicians over public lands stewardship and energy generation.

Traveler's View: Proposed Monument Around Canyonlands National Park Deserves Serious Consideration

A proposal to create a 1.4-million-acre national monument wrapping Canyonlands National Park in Utah should not be dismissed out of hand, but receive serious consideration from the Obama administration. And it should receive equally serious consideration from Utah officials who promote the state's recreational wonders in one breath and demand a turnover of federal lands in the next.
The Last Voyageur: Amos Burg and the Rivers of the West Floating boats down rivers came to Amos Burg almost as routine as walking down streets came to others of his generation. But was it the thrill of adventure, or the desire to be a writer of adventure tales, that motivated the Oregon man to paddle the West's major rivers?

Colorado River Basin Study: Where Do National Parks Fit In?

Seldom Seen Smith has to be rolling his eyes, and George Hayduke just might be thinking of calling the Monkey Wrench Gang back together. Why? A voluminous Interior Department report looking at how best to manage precious water resources in the Colorado River Basin largely ignores national parks the river flows through.
Cairns: Messengers In Stone If you're hiking across the landscape at Arches National Park, following rock cairns across the slickrock, how would you know when to turn right or left? The answer is found within the pages of Cairns: Messengers in Stone, a wonderful little book that traces the history of these rock piles.

Outdoor Industry Groups Urge President Obama To Create 1.4-Million-Acre National Monument Around Canyonlands National Park

President Obama is being urged by a broad coalition of outdoor industry businesses to create a 1.4-million-acre national monument around Canyonlands National Park in Utah to preserve a "world-class landscape."
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Creature Feature: A Fairy Of A Different Sort

Dotting the sandstone floors of the Colorado plateau are countless potholes -- shallow depressions that hold water only for short periods after rains. But during those wet periods, these potholes come to life with a variety of intriguing creatures, including fairy shrimp.

Reader Participation Day: Should Campground Reservations Be Mandatory In The National Park System?

Should campground reservations be mandatory in the National Park System, or should all campsites be on a first-come, first-served basis?

State Of Utah Hoping 10th Circuit Judges Agree A Creek In Canyonlands National Park Is Also A Road

A creekbed that carries water intermittently through Canyonlands National Park is also a road that should be open to vehicles. At least that's the argument the state of Utah will press this week when its attorneys appear before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

How Might The National Park System Fare Under A "President Romney"?

With Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, vague on details concerning his plans for reducing the federal deficit and shrinking government, speculation is running heavy, and it's not encouraging for the National Park System.
Visit national parks of the Southwest and you’ll see remnants of an ancient society -- their well-placed cliff dwellings, smoke stains on rock overhangs, curious art works staring back at you from cliff walls.

Hot, Dry Conditions Prompt Fire Restrictions In Canyonlands And Arches National Parks, Natural Bridges And Hovenweep National Monuments

If you're planning a visit to southeastern Utah's national parks, be aware that the Southwest's hot, dry conditions have led National Park Service officials to issue restrictions on open fires in Arches and Canyonlands national parks as well as Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments.

Where The Wild Things Are: Untamed Americas

Where are the wild things? For those who call a metropolitan area home, and seldom leave its concrete and steel confines, that might be a reasonable question. National Geographic has the answers for you in a two-night series, Untamed Americas, that debuts this Sunday and Monday nights.

List Of "Most Endangered Rivers" Flows Through National Parks

A number of national parks are clustered around some of the 10 rivers whose health is being threatened by mining operations, pollution, dredging, proposed dams, and other impacts that American Rivers found them deserving to be listed as America's Most Endangered Rivers.

Discriminating Explorer: Two Incredible National Parks, One Great Town

Sunlight so bright it stains the rocks? It certainly seems so in the red-rock country of southeastern Utah, where Arches and Canyonlands national parks dazzle with both their scenery and their adventures.
Arches and Canyonlands national parks are red-rock neighbors, separated by only a handful of miles in southeastern Utah. Spend any time there and you can't help but come away amazed by the scenery.

Top 10 National Parks: Is Your List Better Than Mine?

People like lists. No, check that, they love them. Particularly when they disagree with them and think they have a better list. So, here's my personal Top 10 list of national parks. How does it match up with yours?

National Parks Week Offers You An Opportunity To Save On A Float Trip Through Canyonlands National Park or Dinosaur National Monument

National Parks Week, which kicks off Saturday, brings you an opportunity to save on a float trip through either Dinosaur National Monument or Canyonlands National Park with one of the oldest raft companies in the West.

Missing From The System? Utah's San Rafael Swell

The Obama administration might have lost its ambition to declare Utah's San Rafael Swell a national monument, but that doesn't lessen the beauty and richness of the landscape and what it encompasses.

Some Unusual National Park Raft Trips To Consider

There are raft trips, and then there are raft trips. Once upon a time the prime objective was to get wet and have fun while bucking rapids, but these days companies are getting more creative in the trips they offer. Yoga, anyone?

Spring In the National Parks: Where Can You Find Wildflowers?

Spring is showing up in more and more corners of the country, which means it's a perfect time to check out what's blooming in the National Park System. Here's a quick list of some reliable sites to catch wildflowers in the weeks ahead.

Gateway Communities: Not All Have Tight Connections With Their National Parks

In Moab, Utah, a gritty town that mines the tourism industry spawned in part by nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks, the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks is working to connect the region's youth with the parks.

New Friends Group Working to Support Arches, Canyonlands National Parks

The roster of national park "friends groups" has grown with the relatively recent arrival of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, an organization working to support projects within those two red-rock gems of the National Park System.

Reader Participation Day: What National Park Place Names Should Be Changed?

Place names in long-standing public use are seldom changed, but it does happen from time to time. What named places in the national parks should be given different names? Should we re-name any of the 397 national parks?

Planning A Western White-Water Trip In A National Park This Year? Earlier Might Be Better Than Later

Tempted to book a river trip in a national park this summer? If you're thinking of a white-water adventure in parks such as Dinosaur National Monument, Glacier National Park, or Canyonlands National Park, sooner in the summer just might be better than later due to the below-normal snowpack.

National Park Mystery Photo 45 Revealed: What a Joint!

A series of deep, narrow passageways like this one lend special character to a trail in one of our most scenic parks.
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