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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: Jeff, Arches Bookstore Manager

November 05, 2015
Last MIC Lecture of 2015!
Katrina Lund will share her experiences as the 2015 Community Artist in the Parks. Free lecture will be on Nov. 5 at 6pm at the Moab Information Center.

October 22, 2015
MIC Lecture - Birds in Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art and Culture by Sally Cole
Free MIC lecture, Oct. 22 at 6 pm.Learn about rock art images of birds in the Four Corners region from about 1000-400 BC and AD 1700 and the complex relationships between Puebloan peoples and birds over time.

September 24, 2015
MIC Lecture: Re-excavating the Past: New Work with Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood, and Hides from Southeastern Utah: A CNHA Discovery Pool Project
Textile expert Laurie Webster will discuss the fascinating histories of some remarkable 1000 - 2000-year-old textiles, baskets, sandals, and other perishable artifacts. Thurs., 9/24 at 6 pm at the Moab Information Center. Corner of Main & Center St.

September 15, 2015
MIC Lecture: STARS!
Join Seth Jarvis, Director of the Clark Planetarium, as he takes us on a journey through the stars! Thurs. 9/17 at 6 pm. Moab Information Center, corner of Center & Main St.

August 31, 2015
Canyonlands National Park Named International Dark Sky Park
The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has granted Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park status to Canyonlands National Park, an honor reserved for the darkest of dark skies and the most stunning of starscapes.

August 27, 2015
MIC Lecture: Telling the Tell
Free MIC lecture: Thu. Aug 27 at 6 pm. Join Don Montoya as he presents a Native American oral narrative accompanied by Karen Clark, Lakota Way Practitioner. Oral tradition is cultural knowledge transmitted orally from one generation to another.

August 24, 2015
Celebrate the National Park Service's 99th Birthday with Free Admission to National Parks on August 25th
The National Park Service's 99th birthday tomorrow, August 25, 2015. In celebration, all National Park units will be free admission.

August 20, 2015
MIC Lecture: San Juan Red Ware Pottery Production and Exchange
Join Jim Allison for his talk at the MIC on 8/20 at 6 pm. Red ware pottery exchange linked Ancestral Pueblo people across the region through complex networks of interaction that cross-cut apparent differences among social groups.

August 11, 2015
Day-Use Permits Now Required for Elephant Hill and White Rim Roads
The National Park Service has announced that permits will be required for all motor vehicle and bicycle day use on the White Rim and Elephant Hill roads in Canyonlands National Park beginning September 1, 2015.

July 02, 2015
Needles Outpost Closed Indefinitely
If you are heading to the Needles District in Canyonlands, note that the nearest gas & supplies are now in Monticello (48 miles) or Moab (74 miles). Go well-prepared with anything you might need.

June 03, 2015
Community Artist in the Parks Schedule for June 2015
Join Community Artist in the Park, Katrina Lund as she sketches in Canyonlands National Park during June.

May 05, 2015
Arches National Park Resumes Temporary Closure of Climbing Routes
With the return of spring, many climbing routes or features inside Arches National Park again have been temporarily closed to rock climbing to protect sensitive wildlife species.

April 13, 2015
Katrina Lund, 2015 Community Artist in the Parks Schedule of Events
Katrina Lund will be in Arches and Canyonlands Parks sketching and painting over the next few months. Come meet Katrina and if you want to, you can even sketch with her!

February 18, 2015
Delicate Arch / Wolfe Ranch Parking Lot Construction Project to Begin in Arches National Park
Phase one of at the Delicate Arch/Wolfe Ranch trailhead parking lot is scheduled to begin March 2, 2015 and last through April 2015. The trailhead will remain open with limited parking Monday through Thursday and be fully open Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

February 02, 2015
2015 Community Artist Announced
The National Park Service's Southeast Utah Group (Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments) is pleased to announce that Katrina Lund has been selected as the 2015 Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP).

January 16, 2015
Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Seek Public Input on Proposed Fee Increases and Congestion Management Strategies
The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to raise entrance, campground, and Fiery Furnace fees at Arches and Canyonlands national parks, as well as input regarding strategies to manage vehicle congestion.

January 08, 2015
BLM Restricts Roped Activities at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges
Roped activities at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges are restricted for a two-year period. These activities include ziplining, highlining, slacklining, climbing, rappelling, and rope sw

December 10, 2014
Special Lecture at the MIC! 2014 Artist in the Parks Serena Supplee
Join 2014 Artist in the Park Serena Supplee on Thursday, Dec. 11th at 7:00pm, for a special program showcasing the art she created in the parks this season.

November 21, 2014
Tree Cutting Permits for Manti-La Sal National Forest Available until Dec. 24th
The U.S. Forest Service is selling permits for trees for $10 each, with a limit of three per household. Click on title for more details.

November 06, 2014
Free Entrance to National Parks on November 11, 2014
The four parks of the Southeast Utah Group; Arches & Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep & Natural Bridges National Monuments will waive entrance fees in honor of Veteran's Day, November 11th.

November 01, 2014
Annual CNHA Member Outing!
Paleontologist ReBecca Hunt Foster will lead CNHA members on a tour of the Willow Springs Dinosaur Track Site, near Moab on Nov. 1st, 2014.

October 08, 2014
DinoMania Coming to Moab!
Join us for two days for dino learning and fun - Oct 9 and 10!

September 25, 2014
Volunteer on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27th, 2014
Here's a chance to give back to the public lands you love.....

August 25, 2014
Drones Banned in Southeast Utah National Parks
Launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft within Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments, are now prohibited.

August 07, 2014
MIC Lecture - Honey Bees, Humans and Moab
Come explore the amazing world of honey bees with Jerry Shue. Learn how beekeepers in Moab are dealing with the current challenges to honey bee health. Thursday, August 7 at 6 pm, Moab Information Center, corner of Main & Center St.

July 22, 2014
Man Pleads Guilty in Dinosaur Track Theft Case
A Moab man who removed a three-toed dinosaur footprint from the Sand Flats Recreation Area in February, formally confessed to the crime. Jared Ehlers, 35, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on July 9 to removal of a paleontological resource.

July 07, 2014
National Park Service Annnounces Fire Restrictions
Due to very dry conditions and increasing fire danger in SE Utah, Superintendent Kate Cannon has announced fire restrictions for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments, beginning on Friday, July 11.

July 06, 2014
2014 Canyon Country Photo Contest Map

June 11, 2014
Section of White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park to be Closed for Culvert Replacement
A section of the White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park will be closed from July 7th through July 11th to allow for replacement of a large culvert under the road.

May 23, 2014
Watercolor Classes with Moab Artist Kathy Cooney
Join Kathy Cooney on the scenic Colorado River and create your own masterpiece. Beginner & intermediate classes available.

May 01, 2014
MIC Lecture - Desert Rims to Mountain High by Author Richard Fleck
Join Richard Fleck for a reading, slides and how to on adventure writing in ther back country of the American West. Thursday, May 1st at 6 pm. Moab Information Center, Corner of Main & Center St. Lectures are free and open to the public.

April 29, 2014
Serena Supplee, Community Artist in the Parks schedule for May
Discover how Serena turns inspiration into art, chat with her in the park or at the visitor center. Prints of her work are for sale in the Arches and Canyonlands Island in the Sky bookstores.

April 17, 2014
Celebrate National Park Week!
(April 19-27, 2014)

Our national parks are kicking off National Park Week by waiving entrance fees on Sat., April 19 & Sun., April 20! This includes Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, and Natural Bridges & Hovenweep National Monuments.

April 17, 2014
Presentation on Nine Mile Canyon at USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum
Dr. Pam Miller presents: The Rebirth and Renewal of Utah's Nine Mile Canyon Epic. Thursday, April 17 at 7pm at the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum in Price, Utah.

March 28, 2014
Canyonlands National Park is celebrating its 50th birthday during 2014!
Join the celebration! Canyonlands National Park 50th birthday events willl take place throughout the year. The main events for Canyonlands 50th take place on September 11th and 13th in Moab, Utah,

March 18, 2014
Bear Resistant Containers Now Required in Needles Backcountry
Beginning May 1, 2014, approved bear resistant containers will be required for overnights in Upper Salt and Salt-Horse backcountry zones.

March 10, 2014
Celebrate the Night Sky at Hovenweep National Monument!
Join Hovenweep staff and local astronomer Ken Geiger on March 15th for a night with the stars! We will learn about the constellations and take a celestial tour with a telescope!

January 27, 2014
BLM seeking volunteers for raptor study
The Bureau of Land Management, Utah is seeking volunteers to help conduct the annual Raptor Inventory Nest Survey (RINS) this spring in eastern Utah.

December 13, 2013
Arches and Canyonlands Winter Hours and Closures
Arches & Canyonlands National Parks are open all year, but the park’s visitor center change with the arrival of winter. Click for more information.

November 16, 2013
Celebrate the Night Sky at Hovenweep National Monument!
You are invited out for an evening under the dark skies of Hovenweep, this Saturday, Nov 16th with Cortez Astronomer Ken Geiger will take us on a celestial tour of the sky.

November 04, 2013
Free Family Art Lessons - Sat., Nov. 9th at Arches National Park with Sarah Hamingson
This could be you ...and your kids! Free Family Art Lessons at Arches National park with Community Artist-in-the-Parks, Sarah Hamingson. Materials provided; just bring your inspiration.

October 30, 2013
Enter CNHA's Canyon Country Photo Contest now through November 30th!
Here's your chance to win $100 and have your photo published in the Canyon Country Calendar! Enter now through Nov. 30, 2013.

October 12, 2013
Utah's National Parks Are Now Open!
Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Capitol Reef National Parks, and the Glen Canyon/Lake Powell N.R.A., Cedar Breaks and Natural Bridges National Monument are all open.

October 09, 2013
Last MIC Lecture of the season!
This Thursday Oct 10th at 6:00pm: - Willie Holdman ~ Utah, Mountains to Deserts ~ Join photographer, Willie Holdman as he talks about his work, spanning over 20 years, to capture the images high on the mountain tops and low in the redrock deserts of Utah.

August 27, 2013
CNHA's 3rd Annual Navajo Rug Auction!
Join us on Saturday, September 28th for this great event! Over 200 contemporary and vintage Navajo rugs will be offered for auction. Auction benefits Navajo weavers and public land research.

August 26, 2013
Moab Area Art Classes With Kathy Cooney
Join Kathy Cooney on the scenic Colorado River and create your own masterpiece! Kathy will be instructing a series of 4 water-color art classes. Call today and sign up for an amazing experience.

June 26, 2013
Public Invited to Visit New Moab Dinosaur Track Site
Join BLM paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster for a tour of the NEW dinosaur track site in the Mill Canyon area this Friday, June 28, 2013, at 10 am, 1 pm, & 3 pm. Paleontologists and volunteers will be on site excavating the tracks....

June 01, 2013
The Moab BLM Field Office is celebrating National (Fossil) Trails Day!
This Saturday, June 1st - The Moab BLM Field Office is celebrating National Trails Day by offering guided hikes of fossil trails. Join Paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster to discover fossilized dinosaur footprints and bones in the Moab area.

May 29, 2013
Jurassic Journey: Science, Programming and Partnerships at the Hanksville-Burpee Quarry
Scott Williams, Burpee Museum of Natural History, will give a presentation on the museum's work at the Hanksville-Burpee Quarry located on BLM land near Hanksville, Utah. Grand Co. Library, 6:30 pm

April 26, 2013
Arches National Park - The Official Guide App
Carry the park in your pocket with this best of bundle app from CNHA. Includes everything you need to plan and make the most of your trip to Arches, or experience the park from wherever you are.

February 28, 2013
2013 Community Artist in the Parks Announced
The National Park Service Southeast Utah Group (SEUG) has announced the 2013 Community Artist in the Parks, Sarah Hamingson. Sarah is both a talented pastels artist and a 4th grade teacher in Moab.

February 25, 2013
CNHA Awards over $58,000 in Discovery Pool Research Grants
Four agency science projects received funding this year. Discovery Pool was established by CNHA to encourage and provide funding for research partnerships between qualified scientists and our federal NPS, BLM, and USFS partners on the Colorado Plateau.

January 15, 2013
BLM Seeks Artist-in-Residence Applications for 2013
Artists nationwide are invited to apply for the 2013 Artist-in-Residence program at the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Dolores, CO. The deadline is Feb. 28, 2013..

November 19, 2012
Ancient Skywatchers of the Southwest Exhibit Opening on November 25th
Opening celebration of photography exhibit and lecture on archaeo-astronomy by John Ninnemann. 1 pm at the Anaszi Heritage Center, Dolores, CO.

November 08, 2012
Gravity is Working!
On November 5th, huge rocks plunged down from the canyon rim onto Route 279 (AKA the Potash Road) near Moab. The road surface near the Intrepid Potash plant was severely damaged, but thankfully no people were hurt. As far as we know, the road remains open

October 17, 2012
CNHA 2012 Photo Contest Winners Announced!
The winners have been selected from the incredible photos we received. And the winners are..........

October 15, 2012
White Rim Road Re-opened after Weekend Storms
The dryness of the desert has done the trick and the White Rim Road is currently open in its entirety, though a few wet spots remain on the west side. Get out there and enjoy the backcountry of Canyonlands!

October 11, 2012
Logan Hansen - 2012 Community Artist in the Parks
Logan will share his experiences during his stint as CAIP. His unique photography and digital editing style captures the flora, fauna, and landscapes in the canyonlands region in a new way.

September 10, 2012
Enter CNHA's 2012 Canyon Country Photo Contest!
Upload your photo that captures the magnificent beauty of Fall, Winter or Spring on SE Utah public lands for chance to win!

September 02, 2012
CNHA's Annual Fall Membership Hike!
CNHA's Annual Fall Membership Hike! Sunday, October 14, 2012. This hike, led by Dr. John Ninnemann, begins just off Highway 95 on Cedar Mesa, near a roadside tower kiva and restored mesa top ruin. Limited to 20 people.

July 10, 2012
New Locally Inspired, Locally Printed, T-shirt at Arches National Park Bookstore
Join Artist Chad Niehaus at the Arches National Park Bookstore Tuesday, July 10 , 11 am to 1 pm. Learn about his inspiration for the design and how he creates each print by

June 15, 2012
High Fire Danger Prompts Statewide Fire Restrictions
Due to extremely dry conditions throughout Utah, all state and federal lands, and all unincorporated private lands, are under fire restrictions.

June 05, 2012
Transit of Venus
Visitors at Arches NP and Natural Bridges NM may see a rare planetary phenomenon on the afternoon/evening of June 5, 2012.

May 20, 2012
Annular Solar Eclipse Celebration, Sunday May 20th
On the evening of May 20, 2012, the skies over SE Utah will host a rare celestial occurrence: an annular solar eclipse. Arches, Canyonlands & Natural Bridges will offer special ranger-led activities to help visitors enjoy this unique experience safley.

May 18, 2012
BOOK SIGNING - Last of the Robbers Roost Outlaws - Moab's Bill Tibbetts
Arches Visitor Center Bookstore, Friday, May 18 at 11 am. Meet Author Tom McCourt and Bill Tibbetts' son Ray Tibbetts - Learn about the story of a real man, a real cowboy and a real outlaw.

May 16, 2012
CNHA's 2nd Annual Navajo Rug Auction
Sat. Sept. 8th, 2012

Discover the beauty and artistry of Navajo weaving at CNHA's 2nd Annual Navajo Rug Auction! Saturday, September 8th, at Canyonlands by Night, 1861 North Hwy 191, in Moab. For more information, call CNHA at 1-800-840-8978 x 10..

May 03, 2012
MIC Lecture 7pm: Reuniting the Decades-Missing Pilling Figurine Wth His Mate(s)
Join Dr. Bonnie Pitblado to find out whether a mysterious artifact is just a convincing replica or the missing thousand-year-old Pilling figurine.

March 27, 2012
National Trail Project for Moab Lions Park Funded
Connect the Trails to Parks (CTTP) granted $99,996 for the planning, design and interpretive displays, and another $36,643 as matching funds towards construction of the non-motorized pathway from the City of Moab to Lions Park, just north of Moab, UT.

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