The purpose of Canyonlands National Park is to preserve striking geologic landscapes and associated ecosystems in an area encompasssing the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers possessing superlative scenic, scientific, and cultural features for the instpiration, benefit, and use of the public.
Canyonlands National Park consists of four districts:
Canyonlands National Park is part of the Southeast Utah Group of parks, sharing staff and administrative offices with Arches National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument. The Southeast Utah Group headquarters is in Moab, Utah.
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"That in order to preserve an area in the State of Utah possessing superlative scenic, scientific, and archeologic features for the inspiration, benefit and use of the public, there is hereby established the Canyonlands National Park..."
This passage from Public Law 88-590 passed by Congress in 1964 set aside a remarkable landscape containing much of the Colorado and Green River basins around their confluence. Public Law 92-154 revised the boundaries of Canyonlands in 1971.
Those interested in a comprehensive account of the park's beginnings may request a copy of From Controversy to Compromise to Cooperation: The Administrative History of Canyonlands National Park. This document offers an in-depth look at how the park was created and the events that shaped it (311 pages).
Last updated: July 5, 2022