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Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 
Canyonlands may be the lesser known of the Canyon Country parks but it is no less spectacular and it has far fewer visitors. But be forewarned, the grandeur of this U.S. National Park is difficult to ascertain on a whirlwind tour. Not only is Canyonlands the largest park in Utah much of it is remote and difficult to reach. What's more, at Canyonlands, no two views are the same. Lofty overlooks at Island in the Sky give way to varying panoramas. Canyons, spires and fins as well as the snaking, green-blue rivers roughly 2,000 feet below take on a different light at each bend in the trail. Upheav... Read Moreal dome, a favorite with the kids, is otherworldly whether it was created by a meteorite or underlying salt bed. The Maze, the most remote of the three districts at Canyonlands National Park, is a 30-square-mile sandstone puzzle of oddly shaped monoliths. The Needles with its red and white-banded pinnacles is an enormous rock garden intermittent with grassy green meadows. Cataract Canyon, as the raging rapids below the Confluence are known, offers a ground floor view not to mention a world-class stretch of white water. So when you plan your trip to Cayonlands with kids remember to slow down, take your time and discover. This is one of the last remnants of wild America after all.
Green River Overlook, Canyonlands

Green River Overlook, Canyonlands

National Park Service

Colorado River, Canyonlands

Colorado River, Canyonlands

National Park Service

Chesler Park, Canyonlands

Chesler Park, Canyonlands

National Park Service

Potholes, Canyonlands

Potholes, Canyonlands

National Park Service

 
History & Culture
 
At Canyonlands National Park history is written in stone. Here, 320 million years of geology are revealed. Learn more about the 12 formations exposed at the park and find out how the Uncompahgre Uplift shaped the face of the land. Find out about the Archaic culture and the larger than life rock art they painted on the walls of Horseshoe Canyon more than 2,000 years ago.
Geology of Canyonlands
Wikipedia
Archaeology of Horseshoe Canyon
Canyonlands Natural History Association
Maps
 
Online maps are a great travel planning resource and a great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Plot your route to Canyonlands and find your way when you arrive. Map hiking trails and roads open to 4x4 vehicles only in Island of the Sky, the Maze and the Needles. Map the Colorado and Green river above and below the Confluence.
Map of Canyonlands National Park
National Park Service
Trip Planning Map
National Park Service
Books
 
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Find recommended reading lists for adults and kids, learn more about the U.S. state of Utah through guidebooks, novels and historical fiction and embark on a different kind of family journey.
Utah Reading Lists for Adults & Kids
Kidscantravel.com Recommends
Music & Sound
 
Explore nature through sound. Learn about natural sounds and the effects of noise. Discover 'soundscapes' and human sources of sound.
Sounds in Nature
National Park Service
News
 
Read Utah newspapers online and brush up on Utah current events from politics to economics and sports to entertainment before you depart on a trip with kids. Get Utah news and discover what the locals are reading. Find out what's happening from Salt Lake City to Moab.
Kids' Stuff
 
Online resources make learning about Canyonlands National Park lots of fun. Read about Upheaval Dome and find out what caused the folds in the earth's surface. Map the Colorado River from its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park to the Gulf of Mexico. Learn about John Wesley Powell and the first expedition of the Grand Canyon by boat. (The Grand Canyon may be Arizona but the adventure began at Green River City, Utah.) Read about the Colorado River Compact signed in1922 and discover how it has defined politics and policy in the American Southwest. Tune in to geology and discover the earth inside out. Find out what's below the dirt in your backyard and why landforms can have such strange shapes.
Upheaval Dome
National Park Service
Colorado River
Grand Canyon Explorer
Lost in the Grand Canyon
PBS
Sharing Colorado River Water
Water Resources Research Center
Geology for Kids
KidsGeo.com
Organizations
 
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as a means to get involved. Find out more about a few of the organizations involved in enhancing the appreciation of Canyonlands.

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