From the website: "Canyonlands preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration."
Canyonland's is perfect for more serious campers and people who like to be by themselves. We hardly ever see other campers or hikers in the week we are there every year. Fabulous hiking and off roading. Most of the good stuff in Canyonlands you need an off road vehicle to get to.
I’m a little partial to Canyonlands National Park when it comes to rating Utah’s national parks. The reason why: my hubby proposed marriage to me at sunset at one of this park’s magnificent viewpoints. But that isn’t the only reason why I love this this national park. This place is unique, desolate, inspiring, beautiful, amazing, rugged, astounding… (okay, you get the picture).
After several years of marriage and 3 kids later, we still enjoy visiting this park. You’ll find that Canyonlands National Park is less crowded than Utah’s Zion and Bryce National Parks. This is probably because the majority of Canyonlands National Park is desolate and quite inaccessible. The park is divided into 4 unique districts (Island in the Sky, Maze, Needles and the rivers). Note that there is no road connecting these distinct districts, with some districts requiring 4-wheel drive and/or hiking to access. The most accessible district is the Island in the Sky and because of this, it the most visited area.
If you have a few hours and are in the Moab area, take the time to drive the road to Canyonlands’ Island in the Sky district. There are several amazing viewpoints that give visitors the true meaning as to why this district is the “Island in the Sky”. If your family has more time, hike one of the many family friendly hikes and let your kids experience how fun it is just to climb on all of the red rocks. Stop by the visitor center and sign your kids up for the junior ranger program. This program is very educational, fun for the kids and a great way to add to their collection of junior ranger badges.
In summary, this is a unique and beautiful National Park. And if you plan on proposing marriage, sunset is definitely the time to do it.
I'm not sure what we were expecting when we visited Canyonlands but what we found was much better than anything we could have imagined! The canyons are very beautiful! Stop at the visitor's center and there are lots of park rangers to answer questions for you. They also run a few activities for kids and show a video about the wildlife in the area.
This is a great place to visit with family, no matter the age of your children. There are some short, family friendly hikes that young children can enjoy. There are also some longer hikes for older children or you can even take a backpacking trip. It is beautiful and definitely worth a trip.
Voted Lonely Planet's 2011 number 1 place to visit, you've simply must see this. Canyonlands is a place where you can work your way through endless discoveries.
Breathtaking red rocks, pink hues, towering pillars of rock, Canyonlands must be on your number one place to visit in 2011.
The entire area is divided into four parts: the Needles, the Island in the Sky, and the Maze and the Colorado & Green Rivers however; most people visit The Island In The Sky.