Into the Canyonlands: Happy Canyon

The lands to the west of Canyonlands National Park are some of the most beautiful and remote in southern Utah (easily equal to the lands inside the park), and Happy Canyon’s wide redrock valleys are no exception.  Unfortunately, Happy Canyon also has the distinction of being a part of the “Tar Sands Triangle”.

Happy Canyon. Copyright Ray Bloxham/SUWA.

Currently, Happy Canyon is threatened by the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to revive oil and gas leases that terminated decades ago for destructive tar sands development — including leases that are located within Wilderness Study Areas such as the French Spring-Happy Canyon WSA.

By protecting Greater Canyonlands, we can help prevent future tar sands leasing in Happy Canyon.  Visit and to take action!