Mystery Destination: Whitewater Rafting, Petroglyphs and Canyons

Our weekly Mystery Destination game features outdoor destinations for adventure travel lovers. We've featured mountains, rivers, national monuments and more. This week the correct answer to our Mystery Destination is the name of a national park known for its dry landscape and beautiful canyons. Read the five clues below then place your guess in the comments below.

Mystery Canyons Photo by Frank Kovalchek


  • Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the park as "the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere."

  • The geography of the park is well suited to a number of different recreational uses. Hikers, mountain bikers, backpackers, and four-wheelers all enjoy traveling the rugged, remote trails within the Park and rafters and kayakers enjoy floating the rivers.

  • These seemingly endless number of canyons were created by two rivers and their many tributaries.

  • In 1971 an additional canyon was added to this park to preserve pictographs and petroglyphs that feature a panel 200 feet long with life-sized (to to 7 foot tall) images on the rock walls.

  • Whitewater rafting in this national park can lead to a 'big water' experience with unregulated flows through Cataract Canyon.


Do you know the name of this national park? Have you ever visited it?

Was this Mystery Destination pretty difficult or way too easy? Try some of our other recent Mystery Destinations:

Mystery Rock Climbing Destination
A Weird and Scenic Landscape
Name this Long Distance Hiking Trail
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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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