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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is the largest of all the Utah national parks and offers a desert climate. There are 3 sections of the park, Island in the Sky, the Maze and the Needles. The Green and Colorado Rivers run through Canyonlands and divide it into these sections. Canyonlands is probably the most untouched of the national parks and, thus, still retains its unique ruggedness.  Visitor centers are located at Island in the Sky and at Needles. ($5pp/$10 per car, 435-719-2313)

Getting There

Moab is a good base to explore Canyonlands National Park. From Moab, take Rt. 191 north to Rt. 313 south. The trip to the Island in the Sky Visitor Center is about 33 miles and 75 miles to Needles Visitor Center.

Greyhound goes to Crescent Junction, 27 miles northwest of Moab. A car would be needed to make the journey to the park.

Things to See & Do

The many activities available include 4WD tours and trails, hiking, mountain biking and river rafting. Check with the Visitor Center and your local hostels for available tours.  Rent bikes in Moab.

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