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About Us

Arches Visitor Center BookstoreCanyonlands Natural History Association

Our Mission

Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA) is a non-profit organization, which exists solely to assist the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management in their education and visitor efforts. Proceeds from sales support these agencies’ educational, interpretive, and scientific programs on the Colorado Plateau.


What We Do

Chartered in 1967 as a 501(c)(3), CNHA works in partnership to operate stores at Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum, Cedar Mesa and Grand Gulch Primitive Area, Bears Ears National Monument, Manti-La Sal National Forest, and the Blanding Information Center. CNHA also staffs the Moab Information Center, the official multi-agency information center for southeastern Utah providing one-stop-shopping of area books, guides, maps and gift items, which are also available through the Canyonlands Natural History Association online store.

CNHA has supported the parks and public lands of southeastern Utah since 1967. Our funding comes from memberships, private donations, and sales from our retail outlets and online store, and is used to support our partner agencies' educational, interpretive, and scientific programs.

Since its inception, CNHA has donated more than $15 million for the educational and research efforts of our public land partners. In 2018, CNHA's contributions totaled more than $1.3 million. To view or download CNHA's 2018 income tax return, click here.

CNHA funds projects such as:

  • Canyon Country Outdoor Education (CCOE)—CCOE is a cooperative venture between the National Park Service, local school districts, and nonprofit organizations in southeast Utah. CCOE provides local children with field trips to national parks and surrounding areas where they can safely experience a wide range of environmentally responsible activities, helping them understand and value natural and cultural resources.
  • Student Conservation Association interns—The SCA program helps to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment. CNHA helps fund SCA internships at Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument. SCA interns gain valuable experience and skills while living and working in an amazing environment.
  • Interpretive brochures for visitors—Education is key to the enjoyment, appreciation, and protection of public lands. CNHA contributes to the publication of trail guides that help visitors appreciate and understand the parks and public lands in southeastern Utah.

CNHA is an official partner of:

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    National Park Service
  • Bureau of Land Management logo (image)
    Bureau of Land Management
  • USDA Forest Service logo (image)
    USDA Forest Service in southeast Utah