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Canyonlands National Park is a national park located in Utah, near both the city of Moab and Arches National Park. This park displays a colorful landscape of canyons, mesas and buttes.
Rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a desert atmosphere, each retains its own character.
Island in the Sky is a broad and level mesa to the north of the park between Colorado and Green river. Meanwhile, the Needles district is named for the red and white banded rock pinnacles which dominate it. More than simply beautiful, this area carries historic significance. That’s because the Needles district was once home of the Ancestral Puebloan Indians. These inhabitants left traces of their existence in the form of petroglyphs. Most famous of these is Newspaper Rock.
Not to be outdone, the Maze district is one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of the United States. It’s Horseshoe Canyon contains panels of rock art made by hunter-gatherers from the Late Archaic Period (2000-1000 B.C.) pre-dating the Ancestral Puebloans. This area’s artifacts, dwellings, pictographs, and murals are some of the oldest in America.
Photographers to the park usually visit Island in the Sky as well as Mesa Arch. Likewise, Deadhorse Point State Park has an incredible view looking down on the Colorado Rover. For the avid explorer, the famous “Holy Ghost” pictograph panel lies in the detached Horseshoe Canyon unit. Trekkers reach this treasure via a 3 mile hike into the canyon.