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Tim Peterson

Greater Canyonlands - A stunning yet unprotected landscape

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  • Bill Rau
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  • Justin Clifton

A stunning yet unprotected landscape

Originally drawn under political pressure from developers, the straight-line boundaries of Canyonlands National Park make little sense. Many important landscapes were left out of the park.

Greater Canyonlands - Sign Our Petition

Help us protect Greater Canyonlands as a National Monument!

Greater Canyonlands - Threats to Greater Canyonlands

Greater Canyonlands - Threats to Greater Canyonlands
Stephanie Smith

Threats to Greater Canyonlands

Local politics still have a strong impact here, and the oil and gas and other extractive industries are actively fighting the protection of these public lands.

Greater Canyonlands - Protecting Greater Canyonlands

Protecting Greater Canyonlands

First envisioned by the Department of Interior in 1936 as part of a 4.5 million acre reserve, a small 257,000 acre Canyonlands National Park area was designated by Congress in 1964. In 1971, the park was enlarged slightly in size to 337,598 acres and has not grown since.

Greater Canyonlands - Public Lands in the Greater Canyonlands Region

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  • Grant Collier

"Wherever we look, there is a wilderness of rocks, deep gorges where the rivers are lost below cliffs and towers and pinnacles, and 10,000 strangely carved forms in every direction, and beyond them, mountains blending with the clouds"
- John Wesley Powell, on his expedition in the Canyonlands

Greater Canyonlands - Greater Canyonlands under threat

  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson

Greater Canyonlands under threat

The treasures found in the Greater Canyonlands region are irreplaceable. We must ask ourselves:

"Are we willing to sacrifice this landscape for unsustainable and shortsighted use of fossil fuels, or will we demand a lasting legacy for the Greater Canyonlands region by protecting it for future generations?"

Greater Canyonlands - Greater Canyonlands has a wealth of cultural resources

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  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Grant Collier

Greater Canyonlands has a wealth of cultural resources

Greater Canyonlands holds the history of thousands of years of human habitation on the land. We can protect these cultural resources for generations to come.

Greater Canyonlands - Oil field truck traffic outside Canyonlands National Park

Greater Canyonlands - Oil field truck traffic outside Canyonlands National Park
Ted Bright

Greater Canyonlands - Oil field truck traffic outside Canyonlands National Park

This time lapse video shows 81 heavy trucks passing through the UT Highway 313 corridor in a 6 hour period. This is also a heavily used tourism and recreation road that leads to the Island in the Sky and Dead Horse Point State Park, but now many visitors find it too dangerous to travel.

Greater Canyonlands - Our Role

Our Role

By creating a new Greater Canyonlands National Monument that expands protection around the national park, we can halt the threats of short-sighted energy development. These actions will also maintain valuable wildlife habitat and preserve water quality for the 40 million people living downstream of these lands.

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Our Solutions

Greater Canyonlands - Our Solution

Realize the vision with a national monument

We have the chance to realize the original vision for Canyonlands as a world-class protected area in the heart of redrock country. A national monument would provide ecological and economic benefits for Americans for generations to come.

Get our government involved

Help us to set aside one of the last large roadless areas remaining in the lower 48. Urge President Obama to protect this vast and globally significant region for the ages. 

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