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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is located in Utah's Canyon Country near the town of Moab and the nearby Arches National Park. Carved out of sedimentary rock deposits, the park's landscape of canyons, mesas, and deep river gorges showcase stunning desert scenery of red rock cliffs and formations. The Colorado and Green Rivers slice the park into three districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze (including Horseshoe Canyon). The Island in the Sky offers sweeping vistas over the lower two districts. Unlike Arches National Park, however, where many arches are accessible by short to moderate hikes or even by car, most of the arches in the Needles district lie in back country canyons accessible only by long hikes or via four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Maze district west of the Colorado and Green Rivers is the least accessible section of the park, and one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of the United States. The park experiences wide temperature fluctuations, sometimes over 40 degrees in a single day. The most popular tourist seasons are spring (April through May) and fall (mid-September through October) when moderate temperatures prevail.

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