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Canyonlands National Park


Canyonlands National Park, established in 1964, holds a vast wilderness of rock at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Water and gravity shaped the land cutting flat layers of sedimentary rock into hundreds of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, arches and spires.

Two great canyons are the life force of the park, those carved by the Green and Colorado rivers. Surrounding the rivers are three very different regions of the park: Island in the Sky District, the Maze District, and the Needles District.

Canyonlands is located within a geologic region called the Colorado Plateau. It is a great section of continental crust that has endured millions of years of rock building and erosion.

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Advancing and retreating oceans left thick deposits of beach sands and marine limestone. Great river systems moved tons of sediment from ancient eroding mountain ranges such as the Ancestral Rockies (forerunners of today's Rocky Mountains) and deposited that sediment in low-lying areas. Buried sediment became solid rock as pressure from overlying layers and filtering water cemented them.

After millions of years of predominantly rock-building processes, the erosion that continues today began. Roughly 10 million years ago, plates in the Earth's crust moved in such a way that the western edge of the continent began to rise.

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The slowly rising land mass, including the Colorado Plateau became higher and therefore more susceptible to erosion. Newly elevated highlands captured rain and snowfall and gave birth to the Colorado River system. The uplifting land caused rivers to down-cut more rapidly, entrenching themselves in solid rock. The results are the 2,000 foot deep canyons of the Colorado and Green Rivers cutting through the heart of Canyonlands.

Considered 'Wild America', the 527 square miles within the park hold many untold stories and have been relatively untouched by man!  Learn about the first Canyonlands Pioneers.

Discover the magical treasures of this wilderness on your next Colorado river rafting and inflatable kayaking adventure to Cataract Canyon!


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"Thank you so much for the excellent trip on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon. The canyons were breathtaking! Our river trip was the highlight of our vacation and we will never forget it! Adventure Bound offers the best and most unique river trips we've ever been on. Thank you again..we will be back!"  Tim and Sandy D.

"I wanted to sincerely thank you for providing my son and I with a trip that will provide lifelong memories. We had a BLAST! Everything about your trip setup was far better than expected. You guys really know what you are doing!"  Barry and Colton M.

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"I just wanted you to know that our rafting trip was AWESOME!!! We especially enjoyed inflatable kayaking down the Colorado River..WOW!!  We had a wonderful time! It was our 2nd time rafting with you guys and both times were so perfect."  Greg S.


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