Canyonlands National Park encompasses a total area of about 337,500 acres in southeast Utah. The park is divided into four districts including the Island in the Sky, the Maze, the Needles, and the combined rivers (Colorado and Green). These two rivers have carved two large canyons into the Colorado Plateau.
The park can be accessed through two paved entrances. The first is through Highway 313 that leads to the Island in the Sky District about 10 miles north of Moab. The second route that you can take is through Highway 211 leading to the Needles District about 40 miles south of Moab. This park was designated as a national park in 1964.
Besides the deep canyons, other geological features that the park has to offer include the desert landscape, rocks, spires, pinnacles, arches, and mesas. The park also hosts a rich cultural heritage of early Native American tribes expressed through petroglyphs.
Canyonlands National Park offers a rich diversity of animal species including mammals like coyotes, bats, black bears, skunks, elk, badgers, two species of ring-tailed cats, foxes, bobcats, pronghorns, and cougars as well as over 270 bird species. There are also several amphibian and reptile species in the park.
Besides appreciating the natural beauty of the park, you can also get to enjoy several recreational activities including hiking, boating, horseback riding, camping, kayaking, biking, canoeing, interpretive programs, and guided tours.
For those with dogs, bringing your dog to the park is allowed, but you need to observe the rules of the park or else you will end up having a difficult time at the park. Some of the park regulations that you need to follow include ensuring that your dog is leashed at all times and ensuring that you clean up after your dog.
There are also some areas of the park that you can visit and others that you cannot. Some area that you can visit include the Willow Flat and Squaw Flat campgrounds and along the Potash/Shafer Canyon road between Moab and Island in the Sky. Areas that you cannot visit include overlooks, hiking trails, and backcountry areas.