Nature Wonders CANYONLANDS Colorado, U.S.A.
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Canyonlands is a wild expanse of rock carved out by water and gravity, that has created a large number of bizarre formations located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Native American Indians, cowboys, river explorers and uranium miners were once the few who dared to traverse this untamed wilderness in southeast Utah. Established as a national park in 1964, the red terrain of Canyonlands covers 527 square miles between the Colorado River and the Green River.
Canyonlands contains three distinct regions. To the north lies the ''Island in the Sky'', to the west is ''The Maze'' and to the east, ''The Needles''. The height difference between the rivers and the valleys can be as much as 1,500 metres, thus creating a dramatic and fascinating contrast of outstanding scenery. The remnants of ancient villages and petroglyphs created thousands of years ago are indications of prehistoric life in this region.
The entire region is full of contrast and variation with geological formations, such as ''The Devil’s Kitchen'', ''The Angel’s Arch'', ''Elephant’s Hill'' and ''The Wooden Shoe'' and vegetation that ranges from arid to lush.
The silent realm of these momentous monuments will never cease to capture the imagination of all those who visit Canyonlands.