Countless Canyons – Canyonlands National Park Utah

Canyonlans NP Utah
Canyonlands NP Utah

I really thought Arches National Park was going to be the highlight of the trip.  Then, I saw Canyonlands!  We stayed in Moab about three miles south of town with our Motorhome Thor and our little Smart car. I had some preconceived ideas that Arches National Park was going to be the one to beat for views and color and photography and well overall experience.  Canyonlands NP Utah

Canyonlands NP Utah
Canyonlands NP Utah

We drove into the Park (paid our $10 entry fee) and drove to the very end of the road when in the area known as “Island of the Sky”.  There are a few different entrances but this was the closest (about 17 miles out of town).  Island in the Sky is very well named.  You are about 1000 feet up from the canyon floor and as you drive at about 7200 feet you don’t see much from the road.  Then you reach the end, hop out of the car, and look over the edge.  The Colorado river has carved much of the area into vast canyons with views that let you see forever.  I noticed it was remarkably quiet even with people around!  It feels like you need to whisper.

It had rained every night all week long.  I guess it is monsoon time in the desert southwest.  So little puddles had formed where the rocks were worn away by erosion. We were able to catch a few reflections of the puffy white clouds in those puddles!

Reflections in the rain Canyonlands NP Utah
Reflections in the rain Canyonlands NP Utah

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on any of the unpaved trails. Since we had the little pal, Kuma, with us no hiking for us.  There was plenty to see and photographic opportunities at every corner!

Depth of the Canyons! Canyonlands NP Utah
Depth of the Canyons! Canyonlands NP Utah

This is one of those places you feel really small because the landscape is incredibly large and is almost overwhelmingly beautiful.  It was hard to pick yourself up to move on to see the next part of the park because it could not be more beautiful than what you were seeing right now!  That is the thing…each place was more breathtaking!

Smart Car Canyonlands NP
Smart Car Canyonlands NP

“Night skies at Canyonlands are so pristine that the International Dark-Sky Association designated Canyonlands as a Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park in 2015. Canyonlands joins three other national parks in southern Utah with the International Dark Sky Park designation.” ( NPS night sky)

Colorado River Canyonlands NP Utah
Colorado River Canyonlands NP Utah
Canyonlands NP Utah
Canyonlands NP Utah

This is a place of magnificent beauty and gave me the feeling of tranquility even amongst the large number of visitors!  Canyonlands National Park is a must see and I plan to see the other parts of this park! I am sure you see see more posts as that opportunity arises!

-Mara

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