Photo courtesy of the National Park Service




Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks connect people to place in ways that continue Bates Wilson's values of exploration, collaboration, and stewardship of our Southeast Utah National Parks and Monuments.


With over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks, the red rock wonderland of Arches will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.


This wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries invites you to explore. Rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves.

Natural Bridges

Three majestic natural bridges named Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu, invite you to ponder the power of water in an otherwise arid environment. View the bridges from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below.


Once home to over 2,500 people, Hovenweep includes six prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300. Explore a variety of ancient structures, including multistory towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders.

Blow Sand in His Soul

Known as the “Father of Canyonlands,” Bates Wilson’s biography is now available for purchase.

Why Support the Friends?

  • Funding for the Parks has been drastically reduced
  • Southeast Utah Park visitation is increasing every year
  • Financial support is needed to provide ongoing stewardship and educational programs in Parks
  • Donations to the Friends directly help the Parks.

Help secure a positive future for Southeast Utah’s National Parks and Monuments.
Donate today as generously as you can.

Thank you.