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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: The helpful staff at the Moab Information Center
Moab Information Center

Moab's Official 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

Winter hours: Sun & Mon 9am-5pm, Tues 1pm-5pm; Wed 9am-2pm, Thurs thruough Sat 9am-5pm; 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 05, 2016
Eating Along the Edges of Agriculture
Tim Riley
Join Dr. Tim Riley, Curator of Archaeology at the Prehistoric Museum in Price, Utah, as he presents an evaluation of coprolite specimens from Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan sites as records of individual dietary decisions. Most archaeologists recognize that the Ancestral Puebloans were farmers heavily dependent on their staple crop of maize. Fremont diet has been seen as much more variable, with maize farming being only a part of their broader subsistence strategy. Coprolite specimens present a direct opportunity to compare and contrast the dietary patterns among these contemporary archaeological cultures. Prior studies of coprolites from this region have greatly expanded our knowledge of past subsistence patterns, but have not taken full advantage of the record of individual dietary decisions recorded in each coprolite specimen. Patterns of dietary consumption related to seasonality, habitat exploitation and diet breadth are all present in the data available from coprolite specimens. The menus, or dietary combinations, reflected in individual coprolite specimens are assessed through the identification of congruent dietary components from each specimen. The resultant menus reflected in these clusters are evaluated with reference to a diet-breadth model developed for the region.

Cave Springs History May 12, 2016
Cave Springs History
Leigh Grench
Cave Springs is a well know group of alcoves on BLM land within Squaw Park near the Yellowcat area. The alcoves have provided human shelter for over 8000 years with vestiges of this human passage both in the soil and on the walls. Unfortunately, graffiti has destroyed much of the ancient history and imagery. The BLM with a group of dedicated volunteers recently recorded all the names, dates, and prehistoric imagery at these impressive alcoves. The BLM and the MIC invite you to come and learn about this local history and how these alcoves and their riddles fit into the larger context of American history.

It's Up In The Air: Conservation, Preservation and Protection of Eastern Utah's Cultural Resources on a Grand Scale May 26, 2016
It's Up In The Air: Conservation, Preservation and Protection of Eastern Utah's Cultural Resources on a Grand Scale
Jody Patterson
Balloons, kites, helicopters, and airplanes have been used to study archaeological sites and cultural landscapes since they first took to the air. Today’s technologies (airplanes, drones, small sensors, and GIS) and public citizen advocacy frameworks (citizen science and public-benefit flying) provide unprecedented opportunities take cultural resource preservation to a whole new height (pun intended). The combination of the citizen science movement, public-benefit flying, low-cost aerial technologies, and open source software can be combined to generate nearly real-time monitoring and data collection aimed at historic preservation in remote areas. This presentation will introduce these movements and technologies and discuss how to implement an aerial site stewardship program in eastern Utah based on their frameworks.

Cliff Dwellings Speak - Deciphering the Ancient Cliff Dwellings of the American Southwest June 02, 2016
Cliff Dwellings Speak - Deciphering the Ancient Cliff Dwellings of the American Southwest
Beth & Bill Sagstetter
Have you ever scrambled up a steep cliff to a cliff dwelling only to be disappointed when you finally arrived? Did it seem inscrutable and mute? It did to us for many years. After 40 years of researching and exploring cliff dwellings we discovered some little-known techniques for unraveling the mysteries of these ancient ruins, and we would like to share them with you. New and updated information!

June 09, 2016
Dead Horse Point State Park
Crystal White
More info coming soon!

July 14, 2016
Conservation of Unique Desert Fishes
Utah Division of Wildlife
More info coming soon....

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