Canyonlands National Park is an enormous area consisting mainly of rugged land. The Park has plateaus and canyons impressed by the Green and Colorado Rivers. The Park has one of the most demanding whitewater rapids and 4×4 roads in the world. Biking and hiking trails and other adventures are also available.
Located in southeastern Utah, USA, the Canyonlands National Park, conserves a vibrant landscape windswept into numerous mesas, buttes and canyons by the tributaries of the Green River and the Colorado River. The Park has four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, rivers and the Maze.
All four districts have their own distinct characteristics but have the same ancient desert environment. The Canyonlands National Park is Utah’s largest national park.
Kangaroo rats, desert rodents, wood rats, ringtails, skunks, bobcats, foxes, bats, mountain lions and owls are desert animals that inhabit the park. Wild animals that are active at night and dawn include the desert bighorn, mule deer, porcupines, coyotes, black-tailed jackrabbits, desert cottontails and songbirds. During the day, visitors can see antelope squirrels, rock squirrels, lizards, chipmunks, hawks, snakes and eagles. Plants growing at Canyonlands National Park include drought resistors (plants that grow even with minimal water) such as yuccas, cacti and mosses; and drought escapers (plants that need favorable conditions to live) such as wildflowers.
Canyonlands National Park is open to visitors 24 hours a day for the entire year. Visitor center’s operating hours vary each season. The park is close every December 25 and January 1.