Greetings from Canyonlands National Park

I live in a big city, its hard to ever truly get “away from it all” except when my wife and I visit the National Parks. We got to visit Canyonlands in the summer of 2012, and I was truly enchanted by the stillness and quiet of it all. This picture was taken by my wife about 30 minutes into a long and tranquil “sit” on the edge of the Green River overlook. This photo is the desktop background on my computer, and acts as a daily reminder of what amazing things lie within the boundaries of our National Parks.

Joey DiFranco

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park preserves an immense desert wilderness sculpted by the Green and Colorado rivers and featuring hundreds of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches and spires. The Island in the Sky District is the most accessible and popular section of the park — a mesa with spectacular views of the surrounding canyons. The Needles is a vaster territory below the Island in the Sky where visitors can hike among the sandstone spires and breathtaking rocks.

State(s): Utah

Established: 1964

“There is no better example of what makes America beautiful than our National Parks, and I want my kids, and their kids, to enjoy it.”

National parks represent the best of America. Why do you care about protecting and preserving them? Tell us why parks matter to you!

{{ active ? "Cancel" : "Begin"}}

Success! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

You’ll be notified by email when your story is approved and added to the collection on the My Park Story homepage.

In the meantime, you can share your own story page with your family and friends — and help us spread the word about these priceless memories and priceless places!

Here’s your unique story page link:

{{ storyUrl }}

* indicates Required fields

Click to choose a file to upload

Submitting your story means that you agree to our Terms of Service

More Stories

  • Greetings from Canyonlands National Park

    I visited Canyonlands as an old woman who had had her left hip replaced several months before. We camped in Moab, Utah, close to the park. I was concerned about my ability to handle the hiking at the park, but was determined to try. And it was a ecstatic moment…

  • Greetings from Canyonlands National Park

    My wife Deb and I spent some magical time camping and hiking in the 'wilderness' of Canyonlands many years ago. I love the red rock country. It breaks my heart to see the current political efforts to disgrace this land with truly unneeded oil and mineral development. President Teddy Roosevelt…

  • Greetings from Canyonlands National Park

    Canyonlands was an amazing trip. I got the opportunity to go with a big group of friends through devils hill and elephant hill


Preserve Our Parks

Make a tax-deductible gift today to provide a brighter future for our national parks and the millions of Americans who enjoy them.

Donate Now