Destination: Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park's Island in the Sky district

Canyonlands National Park’s Island in the Sky district

Canyon-spotting: Not hard to do in Utah. The day I visited Canyonlands National Park I was over rocks, but it had been on my list and I’m a thorough kinda gal, so go I went.

The park has three distinct areas; the easiest to access is 30 miles northwest of Moab up U.S. Highway 191. This area is the park’s Islands in the Sky district, an expanse of winding canyons and plateaus that looks like something out of the Land Before Time’s earthquake scene. I wonder in writing this if the [so legendary] movie’s illustrators used Utah as inspiration. Let’s do a side-by-side comparison (yes, let’s):

The Land Before Time earthquake scene

Canyonlands National Park

The similarities are undeniable, no?

Canyonlands’ second most popular region is the Needles district, south of Moab and known for abundant spires of sandstone rising from the ground. Needles was an area I didn’t explore because, as mentioned, I was over all the rockery (rocks + scenery = “rockery”).

The park’s third area, The Maze, is considered one of the most remote in the nation. The Maze is an expanse of twisting, turning terrain that requires visitors to be self-reliant to an extreme. Because I’m only partially made of money and have no interest in going without cell service for a week, I didn’t visit The Maze nor do I have photos to share, but you can read about it here.

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Learn more about Canyonlands National Park here.



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