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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.

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September 02, 2012
CNHA's Annual Fall Membership Hike!

Canyonlands Natural History Association invites you and a guest to join us on our
Annual Fall Membership Hike!  Sunday, October 14, 2012
Limited to 20 people, first-come, first-served. RSVP by Fri. Oct. 12

For more information or to RSVP, contact Alishia, CNHA Membership Coordinator at (435)259-6003 ext.12 or by email: If you are not a current member and would like to join the hike, you can purchase or renew your membership at We'd love to have you join us!

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. We will follow the seasonally dry south fork of Mule Creek, up a shallow canyon. The trail is gentle, occasionally sandy and rocky, and studded with waterholes often visited by the local critters. Perhaps the main attractions of this hike are two picturesque and often photographed Ancestral Puebloan alcove ruins. The first, sometimes called "House on Fire" is reached at 1.2 miles and the second, equally interesting, at 2.6 miles: making the round trip hike approximately 5.2 miles total.

Charge for the hike will be $20.00 per person if you are providing your own transportation,$25.00 if riding in a CNHA vehicle lunch will be provided)

John Ninnemann is retired Professor of Biology and Dean of Natural and Behavioral and Sciences at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. A long time resident of the West, John has spent the last decade studying the Anasazi and Fremont  cultures of the region, spending as much time as possible in the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau. John also leads tours for National Geographic, NPCA, & the Smithsonian.  John's particular interests are the photography of rock art and remote sites, the flora and fauna of the high desert, archaeoastronomy, and the ancient road systems of the Southwest. John's photography has been the subject of shows in Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington. He is an avid hiker, backpacker, and river runner who loves to share these passions with fellow travelers.

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