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Magical Utah Camping Adventures Can Be Found at Canyonlands National Park
Located in eastern Utah, Canyonlands National Park is a beautiful and colorful place. Over millions of years, the landscape eroded into canyons, mesas and buttes as the Colorado River, Green River, and their many tributaries carved their way through the land. The park is essentially divided by these rivers and tributaries into 4 distinct districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. While these districts share many basic qualities, each has its own distinct characteristics. The beautiful, colorful and rugged landscapes make Canyonlands National Park a terrific Utah camping destination!
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The climate in Canyonlands National Park tends to be extremely dry. It is also part of the Colorado Plateau, meaning it is a high desert region. Summers are very hot, often exceeding 100 degrees with lows in the 60’s. Fall and spring tend to be milder with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. Most rain falls in early spring and late summer. Winters are definitely colder with temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s, although temperatures can drop well below freezing. Snow is light to moderate during these months. Canyonlands National Park is open year round, 24 hours a day. There is a $10 vehicle fee which is valid for seven days. An annual pass is $25 and offers access to Canyonlands, Arches, Hovenweep, and Natural Bridges. An annual interagency pass costs $80 and grants access into most national parks.
Once you reach Canyonlands National Park, there is plenty to do from hiking, biking, four-wheeling and boating. Island in the Sky is a mesa that consists mainly of sheer sandstone cliffs which loom over 1000 feet above the surrounding land. There are many beautiful hikes in this area with breathtaking vista points, each one offering beautiful and unique views of the surrounding landscapes. Colorful Cedar Mesa Sandstone dominates the landscape in the Needles district. Many hiking trails and four-wheel drive roads make it ripe for exploring. The Maze district is the least accessible area of the park. Because it’s so remote, travel time to this section is much longer than the rest of the areas. However, the remote location guarantees a more private exploration of the beautiful, colorful landscape. Wondrous rock formations such as the Chocolate Drops make this area exciting to explore. Despite the arid landscape, two major rivers and many tributaries run through the park. The Colorado and Green ricers have cut their way through layers of sandstone forming two deep canyons. Kayaking or canoeing down these rivers offers a unique and gorgeous perspective you won’t get from land. With so much beauty to discover and so many activities to do, you could easily spend a week or two at the park, exploring something new each day. That makes it a wonderful Utah camping destination!
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