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Arches and Canyonlands NP

September 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Somehow, 5 days in Moab just isn’t enough to see this amazing area.  And you better make sure you have a large capacity memory card for your camera since there is an amazing picture every time you turn around.   Here are just a few of them.

At Arches, we visited Delicate Arch, subject of a separate post.  Then we did an evening/sunset view at Two Windows.  It is just amazing how the setting sun colors the cliffs!  And yes, it really does get that red.

At Canyonlands, we hiked up Upheaval Dome, a very unusual formation.  It is still unknown what caused the unique formation:  an eruption? a meteor strike?  In any case, a wonderful view.  And at Mesa Arch we caught the sunlight shining under the arch, very unusual.  Finally, a short walk to Grand View point gave some amazing views.

Two Windows from a distance

Two Windows from a distance

Looking through North Window

Looking through North Window

The sun is tarting to color the rocks

The sun is starting to color the rocks.  And the moon is up…. and I’m avoiding any other comments.

Yes, it really is that bright red!

Yes, it really is that bright red!

Looking through South Window, clouds on tyhe hotizon

Looking through South Window, clouds on the horizon

Early morning, looking towards Park Avenue

Early morning, looking towards Park Avenue

The sun is starting to light up the cliffs

The sun is starting to light up the cliffs

The three gossips are waking up

The three gossips are waking up

The sun is striking the underside of Mesa Arch

The sun is striking the underside of Mesa Arch

A view under Mesa Arch

A view under Mesa Arch

Romola on her way up to the viewpoint.  It's a 1000 foot drop right and left....

Romola on her way up to the viewpoint. It’s a 1000 foot drop right and left….

Overview of Upheaval Dome

Overview of Upheaval Dome

A closer look at Upheaval Dome

A closer look at Upheaval Dome

Reflecting the clouds in a rain puddle

Reflecting the clouds in a rain puddle

Grand view... what else is there to say?

Grand view… what else is there to say?

And more Grand View

And more Grand View

And even more Grand View

And even more Grand View

Canyonlands National Park

October 7, 2012 1 comment

Although we’ve been to Moab before, we’ve never been to Canyonlands NP so it was high time we went.  We left mid afternoon so we could get late light, especially because I hoped to get some sunset pictures.  We took our sunset pictures at the Green River overlook, and although the sunset was not the most spectacular, we got some nice pictures.

We started at Grand View, aptly named because the view is just spectacular.  You look down into the valley below, and further into the canyons carved by the Colorado and Green rivers.  We stopped and hiked at several locations to get as much in as we could.

Another short hike took us to Arch View.  Pictures of this Arch are some of the popular sunrise photographs that you will see all over Moab.  Although not as spectacular in the afternoon, it still was quite a site to see this arch, perched right at the edge of a 1,000 ft. drop off.

But I think for us the most spectacular view was of Upheaval Dome.  To get there, you have to traverse a short but steep climb, at which you are greeted with an unusual sight.  Inside a huge crater is a strange upthrust of greenish rock.  In fact, popular theory has it that this was a meteor, hence the crater and the strange colored rock found nowhere else.

Anyway, if you have a chance to visit Canyonlands, do it.  It’s worth the trip.

Our visit to Canyonlands NP was spectacular.