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Desolation Canyon

Green River, Utah
County of Carbon.
National Register Number: 68000057
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Landscape - natural feature. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Congressional District: UT-2 Certified Local Government: YES
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: www.blm.gov/utah/price/riverinf.htm.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 18, 1968):
John Wesley Powell, naturalist and explorer, led a Smithsonian expedition down the Colorado River in 1869 to the previously unexplored canyon, giving names to the natural features along the way.

Condition:
The river continues to be a popular recreational area. Livestock grazing, an activity that started a decade after the Powell expedition and has continued for over 100 years, has been reduced in the NHL over the last 15 years.

There are no other changes to the landmark.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
More advertising that the Landmark is open every day to the public from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


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