• 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 the Lavender Canyon road, Colorado Overlook road, and the Salt/Horse road. The White Rim Road is impassable from Hardscrabble camp to Upheaval Bottom. Roads will be closed until repairs can be made. More »

  • Extreme Fire Danger

    Due to extremely dry conditions, fire restrictions are in effect in all national park units in Utah. More »

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    Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »

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Bates Wilson

Bates Wilson

The Friends of Arches and the Canyonlands Parks: Bates Wilson Legacy Fund provides direct support to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and to Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments in order to enhance existing projects in these spectacular areas to conserve the land and its cultural treasures for present and future generations to enjoy.

This mission honors the legendary work of Superintendent Bates Wilson, who came to Arches in 1949, inspiring and leading the effort that resulted in Canyonlands National Park being established in 1964. He is regarded by many as the "Father of Canyonlands."

Bates Wilson firmly believed that:

  • The park visitor must have a great experience;
  • Exploratory and educational opportunities must abound;
  • Preservation is our obligation to future generations; and that
  • Youth indeed are the future: Bates enhanced the lives of countless young people as they explored and learned to appreciate the parks with him.

Go to www.bateswilson.org to learn more or mail a check made out to Friends of Arches and the Canyonlands Parks/CNHA to:

Friends of Arches and the Canyonlands Parks
c/o CNHA
PO Box 1680
Moab, Utah 84532.

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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...