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Canyonlands Natl Park - unique, diverse & remote

Mesa Arch is a popular spot to watch sunrise; LBJ created Canyonlands National Park in September, 1964

Mesa Arch is a popular spot to watch sunrise; LBJ created Canyonlands National Park in September, 1964

Grand View Point Overlook; Canyonlands is divided into 4 distinct sections separated by the Colorado and Green Rivers; we only visited the Island in the Sky section which is closest to Moab

Grand View Point Overlook; Canyonlands is divided into 4 distinct sections separated by the Colorado and Green Rivers; we only visited the Island in the Sky section which is closest to Moab

We toured the 34 mile scenic drive of Island in the Sky along with several interesting hikes; the 527 sq mi park offers staggering vistas of desert solitude

We toured the 34 mile scenic drive of Island in the Sky along with several interesting hikes; the 527 sq mi park offers staggering vistas of desert solitude

Upheaval Dome is a mysterious crater that some scientists believe was created by a meteorite 60 million years ago while others think it is a collapsed salt dome

Upheaval Dome is a mysterious crater that some scientists believe was created by a meteorite 60 million years ago while others think it is a collapsed salt dome

Millions of years of uplift followed by erosion (caused by water and wind) have created the crazy formations in Canyonlands; the wide open spaces of the park create a true wilderness feel

Millions of years of uplift followed by erosion (caused by water and wind) have created the crazy formations in Canyonlands; the wide open spaces of the park create a true wilderness feel

Much of the classic movie Thelma and Louise was shot around Moab; the final scene which was supposedly the Grand Canyon was shot nearby at Dead Horse State Park

Much of the classic movie Thelma and Louise was shot around Moab; the final scene which was supposedly the Grand Canyon was shot nearby at Dead Horse State Park

Our first attempt to visit Canyonlands was thwarted by a road that was only passable with 4WD despite Google Maps showing it as a state highway; admission to the park is $30 per vehicle and good for a week

Our first attempt to visit Canyonlands was thwarted by a road that was only passable with 4WD despite Google Maps showing it as a state highway; admission to the park is $30 per vehicle and good for a week

Bob found a spacious house for us just outside of Moab; despite the pandemic, the town of 5000 was full of tourists looking to enjoy the scenery in SE Utah

Bob found a spacious house for us just outside of Moab; despite the pandemic, the town of 5000 was full of tourists looking to enjoy the scenery in SE Utah

Mesa Arch was unique, forming on the edge of an 800 foot cliff; I had booked a 2 day whitewater rafting trip through Cataract Canyon for the days before the guys arrived but it was cancelled due to low participation

Mesa Arch was unique, forming on the edge of an 800 foot cliff; I had booked a 2 day whitewater rafting trip through Cataract Canyon for the days before the guys arrived but it was cancelled due to low participation

Green River Point Overlook; due to the rugged nature of the park, there are no roads directly linking the different sections of Canyonlands (this means hours of driving to visit the different sections)

Green River Point Overlook; due to the rugged nature of the park, there are no roads directly linking the different sections of Canyonlands (this means hours of driving to visit the different sections)

I had really missed Mike and my other TX compadres during my months of travel followed by the pandemic lockdown; our group enjoyed a spirited game of dominoes in which Mike prevailed

I had really missed Mike and my other TX compadres during my months of travel followed by the pandemic lockdown; our group enjoyed a spirited game of dominoes in which Mike prevailed

Posted by VagabondCowboy 01:22

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