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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:
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
Did You Know?
Prospector Cass Hite first named the bridges "President," "Senator" and "Congressman." While later explorers gave them other names, the General Land Office assigned the Hopi names "Sipapu," "Kachina" and "Owachomo" in 1909.