September 12th Canyonlands Turns 50 See Events Lined Up to Celebrate

50th Anniversary of Canyonlands National Park

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.

A series of events consisting of lectures, exhibits, and concerts held in the Moab have been going on all year and culminate with the re-dedication ceremony of the park on Friday September 12, 2014 in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

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. “Blow Sand in His Soul” by Jen Jackson is and excellent book about Bates Wilson and is for purchase in Moab at the Moab Information Center or Back of Beyond Books or utilizing those online stores.

More history can be found in the Museum of Moab. Add a stop, 118 East Center Street, just a block off of shopping and dining on Main Street, to note more local history about the national park and surrounding region. The Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild is now exhibiting, “Impressions of Canyonlands” at the museum July through August 31, 2014. Museum hours are 10 AM – 5 PM During Monday – Friday; Noon to 5 PM on Saturday; Closed on Sunday.

The Artist in the Park has been selected for 2014. This program has been active since 2009. Serena Supplee is an artist who rows her boat upon the river and captures inspiration from rivers and canyons. Be certain to look for the schedule of meet-ups with this artist in the park. Her schedule extends into November. Find her gallery in Moab on 400 East and Millcreek Drive to view highlighted landscapes less known to visitors. Her art takes her to the road-less area of Cataract Canyon in the heart of Canyonlands National Park on either the Green or Colorado Rivers and many other river canyon corridors. Supplee will also participate in the Moab Artists Studio Tour held August 30 & 31st 2014 among 16 local artist participants.

More in August: the Utah Symphony is on a Mighty 5 Tour, bringing free concerts to the spectacular Utah landscapes. Attend one of the free Moab concerts on Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm at the Visitor Center in Arches National Park featuring Kathryn Eberle Quartet or 7:30 pm at Dead Horse Point State Park featuring the Chamber Ensemble Performance. Another opportunity for classical music is available as the Moab Music Festival keeps the 50th Anniversary in mind during August 28 –September 11th. Of particular interest are the river accessed concert opportunities into Canyonlands National Park and also featuring a free concert in Swanny Park (100 West 400 North) at 2 PM on September 1, 2014.

For more information on the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, please go to www.bateswilson.org For information on Canyonlands National Park, please go to www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm. For infomraiton on the 50th Anniversary event schedule, please go to http://www.canyonlands50.org. 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 www.delta.com for flights occurring March 2nd and beyond.


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