The Paklenica Canyons (Mala and Velika Paklenica) are situated 30 kilometres in the northeast of Zadar. The larger of the two Canyons is about 14 kilometres long and 500 - 800 metres wide. The cliffs rise above both sides of the canyon up to a height of over 700 metres.
Paklenica was declared as a national park in the year 1949. It covers an area of 95 square kilometres.