Description - The Canyonlands Travel Region of Utah is especially rich in unique landscapes, interesting geologic formations and recreation facilities. The western boundary of this area is the Green River, until it reaches its confluence with the Colorado River, then that river becomes the western boundary. The region consists mainly of Bureau of Land Management land but also contains four State Parks, one National Forest, two National Parks, two National Monuments, one National Recreation Area, two Primitive Areas and one Wilderness Area. Many of the facilities mentioned above maintain information centers where visitors can gather materials and educate themselves on the geology of the region. Moab, Utah, is a resource hub for the region, as it is the largest community in southeastern Utah.
- The sights and facilities in this region are nearly inexhaustible. The highlights include Arches National Park, where the highest concentration of natural arches in the world exists, and Canyonlands National Park, which preserves the canyons formed by the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. The Manti-La Sal National Forest reserves land surrounding the La Sal Mountains and Abajo Mountains of southeastern Utah. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area surrounds Lake Powell, opening several smaller canyons, feeding into the lake, for public use. For individuals looking for a wilderness experience the Grand Gulch Primitive Area and Dark Canyon Primitive Area and Wilderness Area hold lots of adventure.
Recreation - All types of recreational pursuits are available in the Canyonlands Travel Region throughout the year. Hiking, camping, off-road vehicle use, canyoneering, mountain biking, backpacking and rock climbing are available year round.
Climate - This region of Utah is extremely arid. It is considered a desert, because it receives less than 10 inches of precipitation each year. Elevations throughout the region range from 3,500 feet to 12,900 feet. Changes in the climate occur with the changing seasons and elevation. Most of the region lies at a relatively low elevation, between 3,500 feet and 7,000 feet. In these areas the climate is mild in spring, fall and winter. Summer months are usually very hot and dry with an occasional afternoon thunderstorm. During the summer visitors are asked to curb strenuous activities in the hottest parts of the day. Winters in southeastern Utah typically have cold nights, with temperatures near freezing, and warm days with high temperatures reaching 60 degrees F. Cold weather gear is recommended from November through March. Individuals planning to be outside for long periods in this region should carry water, sunglasses, a brimmed hat and sunscreen in all seasons.
This travel region lies in the southeastern corner of Utah. Its eastern boundary is the Utah/Colorado border. Its western boundary is the Green and Colorado Rivers. It is accessible from Interstate 70, which crosses the northern portion of the area.