History & Culture

Purple and blue clouds above sandstone formations at sunset.
Sunset near Doll House

NPS Photo/ Kait Thomas

Deep, Enduring Connections to Land

Canyonlands National Park acknowledges the peoples who are traditionally associated with these landscapes:

Hopi Tribe
Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians
Kewa Pueblo
Navajo Nation
Ohkay Owingeh
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah
Pueblo of Acoma
Pueblo of Isleta
Pueblo of Jemez
Pueblo of Laguna
Pueblo of Nambé
Pueblo of Picuris
Pueblo of Pojoaque
Pueblo of San Felipe
Pueblo of Sandia
Pueblo of Santa Ana
Pueblo of Santa Clara
Pueblo of Taos
Pueblo of Tesuque
Pueblo of Zia
Pueblo of Zuni
San Juan Southern Paiute
Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe


People have visited what is now Canyonlands National Park for over 10,000 years. Over time, many different groups have moved in and out of the area in concert with the availability of natural resources and the technology for exploiting those resources.

The many groups of people who traveled through the Canyonlands area left evidence of their presence. Many structures and rock markings remain in the park today. Preserve your heritage by not entering archeological sites or touching or marking on rock art panels. Learn more tips on how to be a good visitor at archeological sites.

The rich and colorful history of Canyonlands is perhaps best told by the individuals who witnessed it. As told by cowboys, scientists, park rangers, and former government officials, these stories paint vivid pictures of canyon country and all the characters that have called it home.

What is an archive? Find out how to search for information in archives and discover what we have at the Canyonlands National Park Archives.


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    Last updated: November 13, 2023

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