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

    Canyonlands

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Places To Go

The Green and Colorado Rivers separate Canyonlands into three land districts in addition to the Horseshoe Canyon detached unit. Each destination within Canyonlands offers different opportunities for sightseeing and exploration.

There are no roads that directly link the districts. Although they may appear close on a map, traveling between them requires two to six hours by car. Most people find it impractical to visit more than one area in a single trip.

1. Island in the Sky
2. White Rim Road
3. Needles
4. Maze
5. Orange Cliffs Unit (Glen Canyon NRA)
6. Horseshoe Canyon
7. Green River
8. Colorado River
9. Cataract Canyon

 

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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...