The Tip of the Canyonlands

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Canyonlands National Park (also near Moab, UT) is so large that it is separated into three distinct land districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles and the Maze. No road directly connects these areas and travel between them can take up to six hours by car. During our time in Moab, we only explored Island of the Sky, which is really just the tip of the iceberg. We’ll have to make a return trip to see the other two thirds of this wonderful park.

While here, we weren’t surprised to find magnificent buttes (above) and canyons (below).

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

What we didn’t really expect to find here is one of the area’s best arches instead of in neighboring Arches National Park.

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

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18 Comments on “The Tip of the Canyonlands”

  1. the drunken cyclist August 22, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Stunning photos. Thanks as always for sharing!

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  2. NewLifeOnTheRoad (@NewLifeOnRoad) August 22, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    OH wow ~ incredible canyonlands! Love your photos, you took some really great shots!

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  3. budge4ward August 22, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Are you limiting your travels to the USA?

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    • Brian August 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      If we did, then we really wouldn’t be “EverywhereOnce.” Stay tuned.

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  4. Betty Londergan August 22, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Your photos are just amazing — I thought they were stock until I looked closely. Just gorgeous!! (and it made me want to make another trip out there SO badly!!)

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    • Brian August 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Hi Betty. Thanks! The canyons are waiting for you.

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  5. Cheryl August 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    I loved Canyonlands. It just amazed me that there are two totally different parks that close togeather.

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  6. travelingmarla August 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Great pics. Canyonlands is one of our favorites. Enjoying your blogs!

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  7. hungryheart62 August 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    You really living in a most amazing country! Great photo at the top….just love the subtle colours…was it early morning?

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    • Brian August 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      It was probably late morning, but the clouds were casting these wonderfull shadows that really filtered the light nicely.

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  8. hellboy2503 August 23, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    Really a wonderful photo

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  9. hermitsdoor August 24, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    We visited both Arches and Canyonlands a couple of years back (pre-blogging days). We would spend weeks in this area and probably fill up an 8GB photo memory card! I recognized many of the vista that you featured. A few weeks back, when flying to CA, the plane went over the Grand Junction & Moab areas from my window. I followed the Green and Colorado rivers which come together to form Islands in the Sky.
    Oscar

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    • Brian August 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

      I can certainly see spending weeks in the area and having no problem filling a memory card of almost any size. So much to see and to photograph.

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  10. Arizona girl August 30, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Wow! I hope you guys got to do some hiking too. The confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers is pretty cool to see!

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