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    Canyonlands

    National Park Utah

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Park Statistics

Gross Area
337,598 acres
527 square miles
1,365 square kilometers

Visitation
Total Recreation Visits for 2012 - 452,952
Total Recreation Visits for 2011 - 473,773
Total Recreation Visits for 2010 - 435,908
Total Recreation Visits for 2009 - 436,241
Total Recreation Visits for 2008 - 436,715
Total Recreation Visits for 2007 - 417,558
Total Recreation Visits for 2006 - 392,536
Total Recreation Visits for 2005 - 391,441
Total Recreation Visits for 2004 - 378,729
Total Recreation Visits for 2003 - 378,001
Total Recreation Visits for 2002 - 366,865
Total Recreation Visits for 2001 - 368,950
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Annual Budget
(FY = fiscal year)
FY 2012 - $6,270,000
FY 2011 - $6,797,000
FY 2010 - $6,797,000
FY 2009 - $6,456,000
FY 2008 - $6,173,000
FY 2007 - $5,552,000
FY 2006 - $5,421,000
FY 2005 - $5,294,000
FY 2004 - $5,334,000
FY 2003 - $5,353,000
FY 2002 - $5,163,000
FY 2001 - $4,940,000
FY 2000 - $4,827,000
FY 1999 - $4,678,000

Designation
Canyonlands National Park, September 12, 1964
Public Law 88-590 signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson

Highest Point
Cathedral Point (Needles District) - 7120ft/2170m

Lowest Point
Big Drop Rapids (Colorado River) - 3700ft/1128m

Did You Know?

Rapids in Cataract Canyon

The highest recently recorded flow in Cataract Canyon is 114,900 cfs in 1984. However, scientists dating driftwood piles estimate that in 1884, the river may have reached 225,000 cfs. More...