Sunday, June 21, 2015

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District - April 9, 2015

"Wherever we look there is but a wilderness of rocks; deep gorges where the rivers are lost below the cliffs and towers and pinnacles; and ten thousand strangely carved forms in every direction; and beyond them, mountains blending with the clouds."       ~ John Wesley Powell in "Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries."

It's an hour drive from Moab to the Needles district where the great visuals appear in the park starting with the deep canyon shown below. In the second picture 'find Waldo' scaling the vertical crack up the edifice.

Further down the road begin the (in)spiring monuments and eroding stone needles punctuating the skyline.

At the end of the road are elaborate canyons and a trail leading to a view of the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers some 1,000 feet below.

I tip my hat to another gorgeous day in Utah's canyonlands.

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