Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT

Canyonlands is a 32 mile drive from Moab; 10 miles on US 191, followed by 22 miles on route 313.  The drive on 313 does not seem as long as it is because there is so much gorgeous scenery along the way, like the huge mesas nicknamed the Monitor and the Merrimack.  Route 313 takes you into the visitor center, which is at the beginning of the section of the park known as Island In The Sky.

We did not have a lot of time, so we just drove out as far as the Mesa Arch and took the short walk over to the arch.  The views here are spectacular.  Canyonlands is a park with only primitive facilities, and it has several campgrounds - one at Dead Horse Point, before you enter the park, and a couple in the park, one of which is in the Needles area, far separate from Island in the Sky.  The park is full of amazing vistas on a grand scale, and it’s worth at least driving into.  The Mesa Arch trail is only about half a mile long, and a fairly easy walk.  This is a park definitely worth visiting.

There are more photos in the album.

                                                                        Susan at Mesa Arch

Original post September 28, 2010

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