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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.

Photo: Arches Visitor Center Bookstoreby Jeff VanCleve
Jeff VanCleve
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.

May 07, 2015
The Ruins of Recapture Canyon: How Ancient native American Sites have Entered Into Activist and Extremist Ideologies and Why That’s a Really Bad Thing.
Jody Patterson
Recapture Canyon, located just east of Blanding, Utah, houses hundreds of archaeological sites spanning several millennia of prehistoric and historic occupation. Pueblos, granaries, small cliff dwellings, and rock art are close to several easily accessible routes into and within the canyon. The spectacular cultural resources of the canyon have made it a popular attraction for locals’ and visitors’ recreational use for many years with very few problems. However, when unauthorized trail improvements were made and motorized access to the canyon closed indefinitely, Recapture Canyon became a symbol for various interest groups with land use ideologies at opposite ends of the political spectrum. In this presentation, we discuss the prehistory and history of Recapture Canyon and examine the implications of using cultural resources as leverage in the larger land management debate.

Moab, Utah by Day & Night May 14, 2015
Moab, Utah by Day & Night
Grant Collier
Join Grant Collier as he gives a presentation and slideshow on his newest book Moab, Utah by Day & Night. Grant has captured images of the iconic spots around Moab, along with many remote and seldom-visited natural wonders. He has photographed the land through all of the changing seasons and has spent countless nights taking photographs beneath the moon, planets, and stars. He has also flown high above Moab to capture the scenery from a captivating new perspective.

Mining Camps Speak - Deciphering the Old Ghost Towns of the American West May 21, 2015
Mining Camps Speak - Deciphering the Old Ghost Towns of the American West
Beth & Bill Sagstetter
Have you ever struggled up a mountain to a ghost town only to be disappointed when you finally arrived? Did it seem like it was mute and there was nothing left? It did to us for many years. After 50 years of researching and exploring ghost towns we discovered some little-known techniques for unraveling the secrets of the ghost towns, and we would like to share them with you. Come and bring your questions!

June 04, 2015
Geology of Sand Island
Mary Gillam
More info coming soon!

June 04, 2015
To be anounced
John Foster
More info coming soon.

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
Archaeology of Cedar Mesa
Ben Bellorado
More info coming soon!

July 09, 2015
Canyonlands: Past, Present & Future
Bruce Hucko
More info coming soon!

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

August 08, 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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