The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks and the National Park Service have been working with community officials from Grand County and San Juan County, retired park rangers, and Canyonlands Natural History Association to plan the celebration, for the 50 year anniversary of Canyonlands National Park.
The vast acreage was signed into a park September 12, 1964. The designation made for great changes for Moab’s residents. The mining industry of uranium had gone flat after the 1950s rush. One local had a vision with the inception of the new national park. The lands were treacherous to cross for those less familiar. Mitch Williams would drive the dirt roads in his vehicle and visitors in their own vehicle could follow him or Tag-A-Long. The company matured to include raft trips and jetboat services.
In the coming year there will be a series of events including lectures held in the Moab Information Center in downtown Moab. The Artist-in-the-Park was carefully selected for 2014. Serena Supplee??ª?s schedule to meet with the public are in the far reaches of Canyonlands as well as the front country of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Activities, over all, culminate with the re-dedication ceremony of the park on Friday September 12, 2014 in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
Meanwhile, Tag-A-Long Expeditions celebrates by offering a trip into the heart of Canyonlands by the Colorado River. This year Tag-A-Long Expeditions celebrates another 50th Anniversary! Because of this, visitors can get the option to paddle the rapids of Cataract Canyon in either a paddle boat or inflatable kayak at no additional charge! The larger J-Rig will support the smaller craft and transport those who do not wish to paddle.
The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks was founded by family members of Bates Wilson, who was instrumental in the establishment of Canyonlands and served as its first superintendent from 1964 until his retirement in 1972. Bates dedicated countless hours exploring and mapping Canyonlands diverse geology. His famous camping trips and cowboy cookouts helped persuade the country’s decision makers that Canyonlands was worthy of national park status. On September 12, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating Canyonlands National Park.
For travel plans, SkyWest Airlines will be providing flights between Salt Lake City and Moab’s Canyonlands Airport for the 2014 travel year. Reservations can be made online NOW using Delta??ª?s online reservation system for flights occurring March 2nd and beyond.
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