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  Canyonlands National Park is a wilderness of countless canyons and buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into three districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze. Petes Mesa forms a ridge separating the Maze itself (after which the District was named) and Jasper Canyon.

On the West, the aptly named Maze, bounded by the Elearite Butte, forms a thirty square mile convoluted puzzle inscribed in sandstone, with more side canyons you'd think possible in such a small area. The Chocolate Drops, a slender formation of Organ Rock Shale capped by White Rim sandstone, forms an important navigational landmark for hikers. On the East (marked by the glow of dawn in this panorama), Jasper Canyon is totally off-limits to human travel, in an effort to keep intact one of the most pristine canyons of the southwest - unlike others, it was never grazed. North lie the Land of Standing Rocks with Chimney Rock (where the trailhead is situated), the Standing Rock, Lizard, and Wall seen on the horizon.