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America's Wild Spaces: Canyonlands

Canyonlands is the little known jewel of the American National Parks. This stark landscape of extraordinary features contains more than three hundred thousand acres of desert wilderness, towering spires, high plateaus and spectacular canyons. But this rugged terrain is more than a pretty picture; it is a history book of time. Its stories stretch from the geologic forces that created this land, to the beginnings of life on earth and ancient people, to the cowboys and outlaws of the Old West.