In commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of the Wilderness Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the establishment of Canyonlands National Park, residents of Utah’s Grand and San Juan Counties are invited to participate in a series of special hikes every Saturday throughout the month of October.

This “Walking with Thoreau” project seeks to explore the connections between democracy and wilderness. While walking trails in Canyonlands National Park, participants will reflect upon the relevance of these three monumental pieces of legislation in the 21st century.

The Saturday hikes will provide participants an opportunity to read and learn about these writings and then walk and talk together, accompanied by a National Park Service volunteer and philosopher. We will invite hikers to record their thoughts in an on-line journal as part of Canyonlands’ 50th anniversary celebration.

Participation from community groups is encouraged as well, so park staff will work with these groups to help schedule special hikes to better meet their needs. Those interested in participating in these hikes should contact the program’s coordinator at or 435-259-4712 x16.

Source: NPS