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September 29, 2010 Utah: Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse State Park Utah, the state of red rock canyons, deep gorges, mesas, breathtaking views. Also a huge recreation area for the young - or the “young at heart” - or maybe the “young and fit”!! Here you can hike into deep canyons; bike or ride horses along the cliffs and down into the gorges; raft on the rivers; 4-wheel on the roads made specifically for that purpose etc. etc. We have spent the last two days exploring some of the magnificent National Parks and State Parks around Moab, Utah. Places Dwain never dreamed he would ever visit, so he has fulfilled a lifetime dream - sort of checking off items on his “bucket list.” Everywhere you look there is a picture to be taken!! We have ... read more
Mesa Arch Overlook
Mesa Arch
Dwain at Dead Horse Point


Our third day in Moab, UT featured a day trip to the Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse State Park. The drive seemed a bit long with same-o-same-o views until after 32 miles we entered the boundary of the Park. One of the joys of old age is the Golden Age Passport that gets us into all of the National Parks without paying a fee. Another joy is our Passport American membership under which we get two nights stay for the price of one, or a one night stay at half price. Nevertheless and eversomore, our jaws dropped and eyes ogled when we arrived at Grand View Point Overlook; majestic canyons etched into the panoramic landscape below. We worked our way back toward the entrance, stopping at view points and making breathtaking photos. I made a ... read more
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Wednesday, Aug 4th we spent half the day at Island in the Sky. It was not as dramatic as Arches, but it was still beautiful. Then at lunch we went back to Moab to Zax bar to watch the Rockies kick the Giants butt 6 to 1. After that Donna shopped for awhile and then we went to see the petroglyphs along River Road toward Potash. It's really hard to believe that three thousand (3,000!!!!) years ago someone made these drawings on the rocks.... read more
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We left Monument Valley by 7:30 anticipating a trip to Natural Bridges. However, Gary was not game for taking the RV down a very narrow road with a steep grade and a few switch backs. We decided to wait and see if we should take another route there or just go on to Moab, UT. We stopped near Blanding, UT at a museum housing an Anasazi home. It was called Edge of the Cedars. Unfortunately, the museum was closed bu the old Pueblo homesite was not. We took looked around a bit and took pictures. We then decided we would go on to Moab right away. Good thing we did as we secured a great campsite at a nice campground on a couple miles from the sights we want to see. The first place we headed ... read more
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We drove north to State Hwy 211, a great road with scenery to die for. At the Needles visitor center for Canyonlands National Park we got our patches and stamps and found which overlooks were must-see and accessible while we were towing campers. The mountains, canyons, needles, mushrooms and other rock formations were in vivid shades of red, yellow, white and green. Kerry and I had been to Canyonlands before, but only the northern part, where you look down into the canyons. At the southern end, the Needles district, you're in the canyons, looking up. Once we hit sensory overload, we headed back out the way we came, then north again to Moab, passing Church Rock, Wilson Arch, and Hole in the Wall. As we neared Moab and could secure a cell phone signal, I called ... read more
Wooden Shoe Arch
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Needles


Left Blanding, UT and drove to the Needles (South) Visitors Center in Canyonlands NP. The road into the park is really spectacular - - very similar to the bus ride up the Zion NP canyon along the Virgin River. Lots of need stuff to see in the loop within the park. One really unique feature was the Wooden Shoe Arch (Picture included). Every where we looked were amazingly beautiful sights - - the photos don't even come close to doing them justice! Then drove to Moab, UT to get fuel, find a campground, and eat lunch. Good thing we didn't stop to eat lunch as Charlie called 5 places before she found one with two vacancies. They are now all full!!! After some lunch, we piled into Kerry's van and went to The north entrance to ... read more
Needles
Kery & Charlie
Colorado River Canyon


On Friday I had flashbacks to two springs ago, staring out into the back yard through 6' high windows, glaring at the darkening skies and impending blowing snow. Two years ago I had a house full of people gathered from as far away as Vermont, New York and Long Beach to float with us down the San Juan river in SE Utah. There was no backup plan. And no matter how much we furrowed our brows at that angry sky, no matter how much my blood pressure went through the roof and my hair turned grey strand by strand, nothing was going to make the sun come out and make it all ok. As a desperate last-ditch measure I picked up the phone and called the Sand Island launch office - not an easy phone number ... read more
Our camp tucked in the sandstone
view from the campground
bundled up for the sunset show


Thursday, August 26, 2009 In Which the Author Drives to Canyonlands National Park Continuing my long desert drive, having explored Capitol Reef’s northern section, and passing through the Glen Recreation Area and National Bridges National Monument, I headed north through Blanding and Monticello, careful, as always, to follow the 35-mile an hour speed limit through these 2500-person towns, I head west down a nice, paved scenic drive, 211, which leads me into the southeastern portion of Canyonlands National Park. The 30x20 mile park is interesting, and probably often-overlooked, as the traveler with time constraints might easily jump from Bryce Canyon National Park to Arches National Park in less than a day’s drive. The Park is divided into (at least) 3 distinct areas:... read more
Canyonlands Petroglyphs detail
Canyonlands National Park Drive
Canyonlands Sunset


The national parks become really quiet after Monument Valley and far less developed. The trails are mostly marked by stone cairns and occasional trail sign show the way. It does not matter very much anyhow what is national park or not. Every dozen miles dirt roads lead into side valleys and canyons and local climbers bolder rocks. The landscape has an amazing variety of snow capped mountains, Juniper doted plains and rocks from dark brown, over red to white colors forming canyons, needles or bridges. We drove from Monument Valley north to Bridges National Monument, took base in the small town of Monticello and explored the needle features of Canyonlands National Park. Heart of the landscape is the upstream part of the same Colorado river forming later Grand Canyon. Unfortunately it was still cold with temperatures ... read more
Needles formation in Canyonsland
Yuki preparing our favorite tortilla wrap with salami and cream
Hiking in Canyonsland National Park


The Peekaboo Springs Trail is a 5.0 mile route from the Squaw Flat Campground Trailhead east and south to Peekaboo Springs in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park in southeast Utah. Peekaboo Springs can also be reached by hiking along the 2.5 mile Salt Creek Trail. This area has Rock Art pictographs, arches, and Ancestral Pueblo Ruins. The Peekaboo Trail is part of an extensive network of trails that passes up and down on the carved rocks of this part of Canyonlands, giving long views from up above and passing through the desert environment and sometimes riparian down below. There are three well marked trail junctions along the way. After the trail junction with Lost Canyon, about halfway through the hike, the rest of the way seemed like a high wire act, passing along fairly ... read more
Peekaboo Springs Pictograph
Salt Creek Trail
Unnamed Arch in Horse Canyon




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