Located in the southeast region of the state of Utah, the Canyonlands National Park is like something from another world, with steep river valleys many hundreds of metres deep that wind majestically through a breathtaking landscape.
The landscape of the high plateau is dominated by stone and contains a type of desert vegetation that is typical of Utah’s wide open spaces. Tall trees are few and far between but the small rugged trees that grow on less nutrient ground have adjusted to the region’s harsh climate. During dry summers, the temperature frequently reaches more than 35 degrees, thus scant tufts of grass are the most frequent form of vegetation.
The banks of both the Green River and Colorado River provide a perfect habitat for several domestic bird species such as ravens, buzzards, owls, heron and geese, while swallows and eagles nest on the higher terrain.
Among all the natural beauty ,there are also numerous traces of human habitation that date from time immemorial that, in the southern section of the park, include the rock paintings and caves of the ancient Fremont People.
Each of the numerous textures of the park’s sandstone has been subjected to various degrees of erosion that has created a multitude of fascinating natural stone ‘sculptures’.
Whether it’s the Island in the Sky, the Needles or the almost inaccessible Maze area, each section of the park is well worth a visit and for admirers of the American Wild West, this is the place to be!
Despite its exceptional and remarkable natural beauty, the vast expanse of Canyonlands is still a well kept secret. A marvelous wonder of majestic nature.