Canyonland National Park

Our Rock Tour continued with a day at Canyonland National Park. And even though the sky wasn’t as bright and blue as I would have liked, and we kept our hats and gloves close at all times, it was a wonderful day. What a beautiful park, with lots to see and do! Hiking, biking, off-road vehicle exploring, tubing, rock climbing, you name it, if it’s an outdoor sport, you can probably find someway to do it here at Canyonland. We only had a day so we opted for a couple of short hikes, driving the park’s scenic roads and finishing the day off with an incredible 4 wheel drive!
Some of the beautiful vistas from our day –
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Then there was the Shafer Trail – our 4×4 adventure!
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Yep, that’s the road!
I kept telling myself, this road was made for uranium trucks, this road was made for uranium trucks, this road was made for uranium trucks. And then I prayed that no one was coming UP the road.
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Ooooo – and the views as we decended into the canyon floor were amazing!
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That’s the Colorado River meandering through the canyon.
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And that’s the other half of the “meander”.
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Everywhere we looked there were more stunning rock formations.
And more beautiful views.
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This body of water is part of a potash mine – it was a beautiful blue, quite unlike the red/brown color of the Colorado!
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And of course, along with all of the wonderful rocks, I was also busy zoning in on any spot of color I could find. I love spring and all of the wildflowers in bloom!

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We were going to try to get to Arches National Park today too, but the dirt road adventure was a bit longer than we expected so we’ve moved Arches to tomorrow. Better get rested up – so many rocks, so little time!

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