• Spires of Cedar Mesa sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)

    Canyonlands

    National Park Utah

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  • 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 »

Mexican Spotted Owl

Mexican Spotted Owl
Mexican Spotted Owl
 

Canyonlands has completed a two-year effort to inventory Mexican spotted owls (Strix occidentalis lucida) within the park. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service federally listed the Mexican spotted owl as a threatened species in 1993. A significant area in Canyonlands has been designated as critical habitat for the Mexican spotted owl by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Canyonlands is considered one of the major population centers of the Mexican spotted owl on the Colorado Plateau.

Researchers surveyed known territories and potential habitat during 2002 and 2003. The following report requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing:

2003-2004 Mexican Spotted Owl Inventory
[3.3mb PDF, 64 pages]

Did You Know?

Detail of the Great Gallery pictograph panel

Some of the rock art in Horseshoe Canyon was painted over 3,000 years ago. Now known as "Barrier Canyon" style rock art, it was painted by nomadic groups of hunter-gatherers that roamed throughout the southwest. More...