Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

In October of 2016, we visited a few National Parks in the southwest of the United States. We started our tour in Las Vegas where we arrived on October 8, and after visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon, we were back in Las Vegas on October 15. The trip yielded a large number of photos, only a few of which are presented in these pages. This is the second of a three-part series; it highlights our visit of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Click here for the first part of the series.

From Cannonville to Moab

On October 11, we drove from Cannonville to Moab. We had not expected much of that drive, but Utah Route 12 from Cannonville to Torrey was so spectacular that it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip! We stopped for lunch in Torrey at the famous Cafe Diablo (rattlesnake, anyone?) and after a brief digestive walk through Torrey, we continued our drive to Moab where we had reserved the Bowen Motel for two nights.

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The view from Head of the Rocks Overlook

The view from Head of the Rocks Overlook


Route 12 seen from our hotel in Cannonville Near Escalante, Utah

Route 12 seen from our hotel in Cannonville

Near Escalante, Utah


Fence in Boulder, Utah Landscape with birches

Fence in Boulder, Utah

Landscape with birches


Main Street in Torrey, Utah Tree in Torrey, Utah

Main Street in Torrey, Utah

Tree in Torrey, Utah


Evening sun in Moab, Utah Main Street in Moab, Utah

Evening sun in Moab, Utah

Main Street in Moab, Utah

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is actually three parks in one: the very accessible Island in the Sky, the harder to get to Needles, and the near-inaccesible and therefore aptly named (so we were told) Maze. We limited our visit to the first of these, an easy drive from Moab. Since our schedule called for visiting two parks that day, our time in Canyonlands was limited. We hiked along Grand View Point Trail to Grand View Point Overlook, made an obligatory stop at the Mesa Arch, and admired the view from Buck Canyon Overlook. Finally, we ate our picnic at the visitor center (note to self: egg salad sandwiches are way too messy and should therefore be avoided). Around one o'clock, we were back on route 313 and on our way to Arches National Park.


Near the Island in the Sky Visitor Center By Grand View Point

Near the Island in the Sky Visitor Center

By Grand View Point


At the start of Grand View Point Trail On Grand View Point Trail

At the start of Grand View Point Trail

On Grand View Point Trail


On Grand View Point Trail Tormented survivor Failed survivor

On Grand View Point Trail

Tormented survivor

Failed survivor


At Grand View Point Overlook At Grand View Point Overlook

At Grand View Point Overlook

At Grand View Point Overlook


Hiking back On Grand View Point Trail

Hiking back

On Grand View Point Trail


Mesa Arch Photo-op at Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch

Photo-op at Mesa Arch


The view through Mesa Arch At Buck Canyon Overlook

The view through Mesa Arch

At Buck Canyon Overlook


Leaving Canyonlands on Route 313

Leaving Canyonlands on Route 313

Arches National Park

To enter Arches National Park, we just had to make a left turn a few miles before reaching Moab, so it didn't talke us long to get there. Our first stop was at the 128 foot (39 meter) tall Balanced Rock which is located next to a rather large and impressive sandstone fin. We then took the car to the beginning of Devil's Garden Trail and and walked down that path to Landscape Arch with its magnificent 290 foot (88.4 meter) span. We ended our visit by spending some time in the Park Avenue section of Arches. There, one can admire formations such as The Three Gossips, The Organ, The Tower of Babel, and The Courthouse Towers. We left Arches National Park around 5 p.m. and drove back to Moab for a rest and, of course, dinner.


View from Arches Scenic Drive Sandstone fin near Balanced Rock

View from Arches Scenic Drive

Sandstone fin near Balanced Rock


Landscape By Balanced Rock

Landscape

By Balanced Rock


Balanced Rock Balanced Rock Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock


On Devil's Garden Trail On Devil's Garden Trail On Devil's Garden Trail

On Devil's Garden Trail

On Devil's Garden Trail

On Devil's Garden Trail


Butte Landscape

Butte

Landscape


The frail Landscape Arch spans 290 feet (88.4 meters)

The frail Landscape Arch spans 290 feet (88.4 meters)


Escape artist On Devil's Garden Trail

Escape artist

On Devil's Garden Trail


Still Life Landscape

Still Life

Landscape


On Devil's Garden Trail The Three Gossips Equilibrium

On Devil's Garden Trail

The Three Gossips

Equilibrium


Park Avenue Park Avenue

Park Avenue

Park Avenue


Park Avenue Courthouse Towers

Park Avenue

Courthouse Towers


The Tower of Babel The Organ

The Tower of Babel

The Organ


The photos on this page were taken on October 11 and 12, 2016.




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