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Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands National Park is one of the most iconic parks on America's Colorado Plateau.

It is a haven for geology lovers as water and erosion has exposed millions of years of deposited sedimentary rock. Recreationists of all kinds are awed by its natural sculptures: rock formations, canyons, mesas and gorges.

This place is also distinct for its climate. With elevations from 3,700 to 7,200 feet, Canyonlands is a desert where temperatures can change as much as 50 degrees in one day. Of course, wildlife is just as diverse: foxes, bobcats, mountain lions, bats, owls, coyotes, porcupines, jackrabbits, songbirds, lizards, snakes, hawks and eagles.

Visitors can explore adventures of all kinds here: backpacking, biking, boating, camping, climbing, hiking, horseback riding, stargazing and viewing prehistoric rock art.

Despite its priceless values, Canyonlands is one of many parks currently threatened by the prospects of oil and gas drilling. The Wilderness Society is working to keep drilling out of this one-of-a-kind treasured land!

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