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 its wilderness values.
Erected by Canyonlands National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at the Orange Cliffs Overlook, 12 miles south of the Island in the Sky Visitor Center, in Canyonlands National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Moab UT 84532, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tracks in the Canyon (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Neck (approx. 9.8 miles away); Wooden Shoe Arch (approx. 12 miles away); The Legend of Dead Horse Point (approx. 12.7 miles away); John Wesley Powell on the Green River (approx. 14.3 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.