"That in order to preserve an area in the State of Utah possessing superlative scenic, scientific, and archeologic features for the inspiration, benefit and use of the public, there is hereby established the Canyonlands National Park..."
This passage from Public Law 88-590 passed by Congress in 1964 set aside a remarkable landscape containing much of the Colorado and Green River basins around their confluence. Those interested in a comprehensive account of the park's beginnings may read From Controversy to Compromise to Cooperation: The Administrative History of Canyonlands National Park. This document offers an in-depth look at how the park was created and the events that shaped it (311 pages). [20mb PDF File]
Additional documents may be found on the Park Planning page.