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Canyonlands Facts


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  • People existed in what is now Canyonlands National Park over 10,000 years ago.

  • Up until 1975, the area that is now Canyonlands was used by ranchers to herd cattle and sheep.

  • With just a few drops of water, microscopic animals can spring to life in naturally occurring sandstone basins called “potholes”.

  • Temperatures can fluctuate up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit in a single day in Canyonlands National Park.

  • The creation of Upheavel Dome is still a mystery. Scientists theorize it was created by an ancient salt dome or a meteorite.

  • Canyonlands contains some of the most impressive rock art in North America.

  • Desert bighorn sheep are capable of going for days without drinking, but eventually must find a source of water.

  • President Lyndon B. Johnson established Canyonlands National Park in 1964. Today the park encompasses 337,598 acres.

  • Canyonlands is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Maze, the Needles, and the Green & Colorado rivers, but there are no roads within the park that directly link the four districts.

  • Outlaws like the famed Butch Cassidy use to hide out in the Maze district, utilizing the natural isolation and remoteness of the area.