Some unpaved roads are closed
Recent rains have caused extensive damage to some roads in the Needles District and some of the roads into the Maze District. More »
Safety in Bear Country
Black bears have been seen in the Needles, Maze, and along the Colorado River. Be alert and store food and garbage properly: in hard-sided, latched containers (or your vehicle) when not being prepared or consumed. More »
New backcountry requirements in effect
Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »
A Conversation with Bates Wilson
The River Journals of Black George
A Conversation with Jerry Banta
In 1969, Jerry Banta become one of the first generation of National Park Service rangers to explore Canyonlands. Thirty years later, he returned to the park as superintendent. In this interview, Jerry discussed these appointments and how both the landscape, as well as the agency that manages it, have changed.
A Conversation with Ned Chaffin
Ned Chaffin and his family had a ranch on the San Rafael River near where it enters the Green. From 1920 to 1944, they ran cows in what is now Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Canyonlands National Park. Maze District rangers interviewed Ned Chaffin and his wife Marjorie and provided a transcript of the conversation.
Stewart Udall and the creation of Canyonlands
Did You Know?
Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals in Canyonlands. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. Scientists believe this and other behaviors signal dominance and facilitate courtship.