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Inside Canyonlands

Karen Henker explains the role of various structures in the lives of the ancestral Puebloans.
Karen Henker explains the role of various structures in the lives of the ancestral Puebloans.
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Join park rangers as they explore the many features of Canyonlands. These short videos provide an in-depth look at a range of topics - all of which you're likely to experience first-hand when you visit the park.

Podcast
You can subscribe to the Inside Canyonlands podcast at iTunes or with other RSS feed readers.

VIDEO FORMATS

Video for Windows/PC
Videos in WMV format can be opened in Winamp, Windows Media Player and other video players.

Video for iPod/Mac
Videos in mp4 format can be opened in Quicktime, iTunes and other video players. These files can also be played on iPods.

Video for Apple TV
Videos in m4v format can be opened in Quicktime, iTunes or viewed on an Apple TV.

EPISODES

 

Ancestral Puebloans
The ancestral Puebloans were some of the first farmers in the American Southwest. Join ranger Karen Henker for a brief look at their lifestyle, as well as the art and architecture they left behind.

 

Bighorn Sheep
Once faced with extinction, the desert bighorn sheep has made a remarkable comeback in southeast Utah thanks to native herds protected in Canyonlands. Join ranger Karen Henker for an in-depth look at this intriguing mammal that is perfectly adapted to the high desert environment.

 
Biological Soil Crust
Biological Soil Crust is a living groundcover that forms the foundation of plant life in Canyonlands and the surrounding area. Join ranger Karen Henker and learn about this critical - and fragile - component of the high desert ecosystem.
 
Cowboys
Cowboys hold a special place in the history of the American West. Join ranger Karen Henker for a closer look at the challenges they faced here in Canyonlands.
 
Geology
The geologic history of Canyonlands spans hundreds of millions of years. Join ranger Karen Henker for a brief tour of this complex and exciting story.
 
Hunter-Gatherers
People have visited what is now Canyonlands National Park for over 10,000 years. Join ranger Karen Henker for a look at one of the earliest groups: hunter-gatherers.
 
Potholes
Throughout Canyonlands, naturally occurring sandstone basins called “potholes” form tiny ecosystems inhabited by a surprising collection of animals. Join ranger Karen Henker for an introduction to these animals and some their remarkable adaptations.
 
The Utah Juniper
One of the most common trees in the American southwest, the Utah Juniper is well suited to life in the desert. Join ranger Karen Henker for a quick summary of its unique adaptations.

Did You Know?

Tadpole Shrimp

Naturally occurring sandstone basins called “potholes” collect rain water and wind-blown sediment, forming tiny ecosystems where a fascinating collection of plants and animals live. Tadpole shrimp, fairy shrimp and many insects can be found in potholes. More...