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About CNHA

Canyonlands Natural History Association is a nonprofit organization established to assist the scientific and educational efforts of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service in southeast Utah.

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Moab Information Center

Make the Moab Visitor Information Center (MIC) your first stop when you arrive in Moab for current information, maps, guides, books, and more.

Conveniently located on the corner of Main & Center Street, the MIC's friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help with information on services and recreational opportunities throughout SE Utah.

The MIC offers:
Current weather and road information
Information about hotels, restaurants, tours operators, shuttles, and other services for travelers
Interpretive displays
Gift shop featuring guide books, maps, videos, CD-ROMs, postcards, and much more
Clean restrooms

Hours vary according to the season; the Center is open daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The MIC is a multi-agency facility operated by CNHA. MIC partners are: The Grand County Travel Council, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.

MIC Lecture Series
All talks begin at 6:00 p.m. (unless noted otherwise) and are FREE to the public.

June 04, 2015
Are Utah’s Sand Island “Mammoths” Late Pleistocene? A Geologic View
Mary Gillam
Two petroglyphs on a cliff near Bluff have been described as images of living mammoths. Columbian mammoths roamed the Southwest until roughly 12,000 to 13,000 years ago, just after the last ice age. If these petroglyphs do show mammoths living nearby, they’d be among the oldest known in the United States. Yet they cannot be dated directly and arguments for an old age are inconclusive. Geologic age estimates for the site are also uncertain but suggest that the petroglyphs are younger than proposed (not mammoths or made later based on oral history). One possibility is that the petroglyphs are images of woolly mammoths that survived on a few islands in Alaska and Siberia until around 4,000 years ago. If travelers brought tales of these mammoths to the Southwest, the petroglyphs could be images of mammoths but relatively young. Without further study, the ‘mammoth’ interpretation remains a hypothesis – alluring but unproved.

June 11, 2015
Moab’s Hidden Jurassic World: Morrison Formation dinosaurs of Eastern Utah
John Foster
The Moab area is well known for the footprints of Jurassic giants in the many dinosaur tracksites that occur within a few dozen miles of town, but although dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation such as Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, and Apatosaurus are better known from regional sites like Dinosaur National Monument, these hugely famous animals are also found at localities right around Moab. We will see a few of the animals known from these sites and see just how much of a hidden gem of Late Jurassic dinosaurs the Moab area quietly has. John Foster is the Director of the Museum of Moab and former curator at the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, Colorado.

Walking in Their Footsteps: The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail June 18, 2015
Walking in Their Footsteps: The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail
Rebecca Hunt-Foster
The 2009 discovery of the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite in the Cedar Mountain Formation, managed out of the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office, has generated considerable interest. An international team was assembled by Dr. Martin Lockley to excavate the site in 2013 and 2014. The results of this excavation indicates a diverse vertebrate ichnofauna with a minimum diversity of at least 10 named ichnotaxa representing dinosaurian and crocodilian trackmakers. The BLM has constructed a new interpretive trail that allows visitors to observe and learn about this exceptionally preserved 112 million year old dinosaur tracksite, while also preserving the tracksite by keeping visitors off its fragile surface.

June 25, 2015
Soldiers Life During American Civil War
Garry Mooneyhan
Join Civil War Reenactor Garry Mooneyhan as he covers topics surrounding the Civil War including Issues that cause the war, Generals on both sides, Fort Sumter, South Carolina, Bull Run Virginia, "Unprepared Nation, for Unprepared War", Economy Vs. Supplies, Patriotism for Clause for both sides, Technology, Tactics, Medical Care ,Soldiers life and camp life, Music, Arizona and New Mexico battles, Aftermath of war, pros and cons, Going West! Garry will also have a display set up with gear, model cannons, muskets, sword and saber and Civil Wary toy soldiers. He will also give a demonstrations on Manual use Arms and the Bayonet.

July 02, 2015
Clothing the World in a Social Skin: Building Murals, Rock Art, and Textiles of the Cedar Mesa Area
Ben Bellorado
In the greater Cedar Mesa area, ancestral Pueblo peoples used textiles as a powerful means of signaling social and religious identities within and between communities. Current research shows that in the 13th century peoples also decorated their homes, pottery, and surrounding cliff walls with imagery of ornately woven yucca and cotton textiles like sandals and tumpbands, as well as depicting blankets and belts that were likely used in ritual contexts. While the majority of the textiles have disappeared due to the ravages of time and looting, a record of the presence of this industry remains painted and scratched into the cliff faces and building walls of archaeological sites in this area. This research, funded by the Canyonlands Natural History Association, is aimed at documenting these important resources before they disappear due to impacts from increased visitation, looting, and the ravages of time.

July 16, 2015
John Wesley Powell: Down the Great Unknown
John Ninnemann
Intrigued by the huge “unexplored” blank spot on the map of the United States in 1868, JP Powell led 10 men down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 4 wooden boats. Powell succeeded in what many thought to be a suicide mission, then went on with not only a second river expedition, but also to influential posts in Washington DC to argue water issues that still face us today. His is an exciting story to retell.

August 13, 2015
Voices of Canyonlands: Past, Present , Future
Bruce Hucko
More info coming soon!

August 20, 2015
To be announced
Jim Allison
More info coming soon.

August 27, 2015
To be announced
Don Montoya
More info coming soon.

September 17, 2015
Seth Jarvis
Join the Director of the Clark Planetarium (in Salt Lake City), Seth Jarvis, as he takes us on a journey through the stars! Seth has been an enthusiastic amateur astronomer since he built his first telescope at the age of 12. He started working for the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City as an usher in 1978. He then went on to be one of the planetarium’s first “AstroVan” outreach astronomy lecturers and traveled to rural Utah schools. Seth became the director of the Clark Planetarium when it opened in 2003. He is the author of several programs that now play in planetariums and science centers around the world. Come explore the night sky and learn what the stars have to teach us!

September 24, 2015
Prehistoric Textiles
Laurie Webster
More info coming soon!

October 01, 2015
Tom Haraden
Tom Haraden is a retired National Park Ranger who worked in nine parks over 37 years. Trained as a wildlife biologist he’s studied grouse, grizzly bears, moose and desert bighorn sheep. Tom has been studying bats for over 15 years and is licensed bat rehabilitator. We have them in our neighborhood ~ Creatures so sophisticated, so adapted to their environment, so elusive and so misunderstood. Elements of a total global ecosystem so influential that their absence would change the world as we know it. Come to see them as the beguiling, winsome creatures they are.

October 22, 2015
To be announced
Sally Cole
More info coming soon.

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