Saturday, November 29, 2014

Canyonlands

Grandview Point.  Island in the Sky.  Canyonlands.

Canyonlands National Park is one among the United States National Parks.  It is located in Utah's canyon country.  Though Canyonlands and Arches National Park are so close to each other, they are very very different.  The remarkable geology of Canyonlands is the foundation of Canyonlands ecology.  It was declared a National Park in the year of 1964 covering an area of 257,640 acres of land.  The congress however has increased its coverage to 337,598 acres of land.



Canyonlands is a very large national park.  It's almost impossible to hit all attractions on the same day as you can access from one district to another within the park.  You have to drive all the way back to the North entrance which is over 30 miles away from Grandview, another 30 miles to Moab and then more driving to get in to West or South entrance.  There are hours of driving required in order to cover this huge national park.  And I was only able to spend a few hours before driving back to Las Vegas on the same day.  


Island in the Sky

There are 4 districts (Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the Rivers) in Canyonlands National Park and I was only able to visit one of them.  However, I learned about the other districts at the visitor's center and I'll write a bit about them as well.




Island in the sky District
This is one of the 4 districts in the park.   At this district, there is an amazing view of the much of the Canyonlands.  It is located in the north section of the park.  At this district, you can also have an overlook of the Green River and River Colorado.



Upheaval Dome
This is an unusual trail that is located northern part of the park.  It can be reached through a short but very strenuous walking trail.






















Needles District
It is located in southeast region of the park.  There are some spectacular views from this point.  The district is mainly made of walking trails.  The trails are very interesting and one an spend full day in this district alone.

Chesler Park
This is a small park located in the heart of needles district.  It is popular due to the sandstone formation that surrounds it.

Chocolate Drops
Chocolate drops are located in the Maze district of Canyonland.  It was formed by a series of sandstone mesas.

Horseshoe Canyon
This is where you will find some of the most significant rocks in North America.  The rocks are well designed through natural formation.




On my way back from Moab to Vegas

Navajo Art


Black Dragon Canyon on I-70








Snowflakes on my window
Driving back to Vegas

I drove over a thousand miles in this trip.  It was crazy awesome!

As of today, Nov 29th, I have visited all 5 Utah National parks: Arches, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands.  Total 27 US National Parks and counting!

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined." -Henry David Thoreau

2 comments:

  1. I've lived in the US my whole life and I had no idea about Canyonlands National Park, but now that I do know about it, I am considering visiting one of these days as it looks like a wondrous place to visit.

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    1. Canyonlands is left out as it's not as well-known as Grand Canyon or Arches. Though it is not my favorite national park, I recommend visiting Island in the Sky once in a life time.

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