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Jun 27, 2007 - Canyonlands National Park

We went to Canyonlands National Park today (Wednesday) and seen some of the most rugged looking land we have ever seen. The drive to the overlooks was an easy drive, but when you got to the overlooks and looked off into the distance the eroded canyons were savage looking. We spent 5-6 hours driving and looking at the sights.

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Jun 26, 2007 - Canyonlands Nat'l Park

From our Moab basecamp to the Island in the Sky Visitor's Center at Canyonlands Nat'l Park is perhaps a 35 mile drive. The "Island in the Sky" is a wide high plateau wedged between the Green and Colorado rivers. From the pictures above you will notice many layers: closest to the plateau's edge where we are and 1200 ft. below is the White Rim, a nearly continuous sandstone bench. Another 1000' below the White Rim are the rivers. Commanding views stretch across canyon after canyon to mountaintops and the horizon 100 miles away. From the...

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Apr 28, 2007 - Driving through Utah

We left Sedona area this morning and we were going to spend the night in Moab, Utah. It ended up being a much longer day than expected because there was a car show going on in Moab so there was no place to stay. We drove on another 100 miles and stayed in Grand Junction instead. It was a 10 hour driving day which is something we hate to do but sometimes it happens. We will get to Fort Collins a couple of days earlier than planned but that's okay.

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Sep 27, 2006 - Canyonland Natl Park-Dead Horse Point State Park

Well yesterday was spent looking up at spires, turrets, and arches. Today was spent looking down through ravines, gorges, and canyons. Canyonland National Park is a very intimidating place. To stand on the edge of these great canyons is very dizzying to say the least. The beauty though is beyond description with crags and crevices and shadows, all casting different colors and patterns on the multi-colored rock surfaces. These canyons are so large that you feel like a fly on a wall, but what a site to see. Again the pictures will just speak...

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Aug 30, 2006 - Canyonlands

There are three sections to the canyonlands, the Needles, the Maze and the Island in the Sky. We visited the latter as it was closer to where we are staying, the town of Moab. The Colorado river and the Green river have carved their way down for millions of years, creating this canyon. Upheaval Dome is 1.5 miles wide and a quater of a mile deep, scientists are still debating whether it is a meteor impact crater. We started driving down a nasty gravel road around the edge of the canyon, the road narrowed in some places to only as wide as the...

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Jul 27, 2006 - Canyonlands National Park

AFTERNOON Most of the afternoon was spent in Canyonlands National Park. I stopped at the Visitor Center, where I ate a quick lunch before heading out for the day's adventures. I took several short hikes. Such fantastic rock formations! One could easily spend a much longer time and still not see it all. There are many little parking spots along the roads but sometimes there was something I just had to photograph, so I'd just stop in the road. Once a ranger on a bicycle caught me in the act and admonished me to move on. From Canyonlands I...

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Oct 30, 2005 - Canyonlands National Park, Utah

The Green River and Colorado River cut through Canyonlands creating an amazing landscape. We explored The Island In The Sky which sits within the Y formed by the rivers and has amazing views of the canyons and mountains. We hiked up to Mesa Arch which is an arch formed in rock on the very edge of the cliff. It was amazing and I was scared to get too close to the edge, then this crazy old man came by and walked over the arch! Nutter. I also hiked out to Upheaval Dome which is possibly an old meteor crater (they're not sure how it was...

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Sep 30, 2004 - A Drive up Hwy 211 (between Moab & Montecello)

One last drive before leaving the Moab area. This took us up Hwy 211 (between Moab & the town Montcello). One of the attractions on this drive was Newspaper Rock,I this this is the largest concentration of petrogylphs Pete & I have seen in one spot. Also we entered the south end of Canyonlands National Park, we drove up to the Elephant Hill area where you can get out & do some hiking OR....if you are an experienced 4-wheeler, there's a trail that you can risk your vehicle on. I read the sign, wasn't anything we'd ever do.

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