Near Moab in Grand County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act which legally defined wilderness as “..an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” Just nine days later, on September 12, 1964, President Johnson signed the legislation establishing Canyonlands National Park.
A prime architect in both pieces of legislation was Stewart Udall, who served as Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969. On a flight over this area in the early 1960s, then Bureau of Reclamation Chief Floyd Dominy showed Udall where he wanted to build the “next” big dam: just below the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers. But where Dominy saw a reservoir, Udall saw a national park. Today, over eighty percent of Canyonlands is managed to preserve
Erected by Canyonlands National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 3, 1964.
Location. 38° 18.817′ N, 109° 51.442′ W. Marker is near Moab, Utah, in Grand County. Marker can be reached from Grand View Point Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is at the Orange Cliffs Overlook, 12 miles south of the Island in the Sky Visitor Center, in Canyonlands National Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moab UT 84532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tracks in the Canyon (approx. 2.2 miles away); John Wesley Powell on the Green River (approx. 4.8 miles away); Green River Overlook (approx. 4.8 miles away); Aztec Butte (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Neck (approx. 9.8 miles away); Indian Ricegrass (approx. 10.3 miles away); Wooden Shoe Arch (approx. 12 miles away); The Legend of Dead Horse Point (approx. 12.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moab.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 5. submitted on November 12, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.