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Sep 12, 2017 - Typically terrible tourist

Despite having spent two summers watching people who plan too little time to visit a national park, today I saw bits of THREE national parks. Well, maybe you could say that. Actually I arrived after dark at Canyonlands, so saw only the night sky and a very welcome sign marking my reserved campsite for two nights. But what a glorious day of driving and sightseeing I had! Leaving Wells, I drove south on Hwy 93. For anyone planning a loop trip across the country and wanting to travel off the beaten path, I would highly recommend the route I...

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Jul 11, 2017 - Day 15 - Arches National Park

We went to Arches National Park around noon, and hiked partway through Devil's Garden. There were arches everywhere. After that, we ate at a Dino Cafe/Diner. We went to get ice cream from a different diner before heading to a rock shop. Frankie had two coupons for free dinosaur bones. Maya got a necklace and some rock beads to add to her charm bracelet. Emily wasn't feeling good and didn't come, but Tammi bought three bracelets, one made of lapis lazuli for Emily, turquoise for Haley and black agate for Maya. Frankie got quite a few rocks...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Day 14-Jeep Tours, Dino Paleo & Canyons

Today we took two jeep tours. The first was a dinosaur/Paleo tour. We saw lots of dinosaur bones fossilized in rock. We could actually touch them. There were also lots of dinosaur footprints. The second tour was through canyons adjacent to Canyonlands National Park. We were able to walk over an arch. The views were amazing.

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Jun 17, 2017 - Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch is located in the Island in the Sky region of Canyonlands National Park. Mesa Arch is classified as a pothole arch because it was formed by surface water that pooled on the sandstone behind the arch, slowly eroding the rock. The result is an arch that dangles across the mesa’s edge. Geology aside, the arch provides the frame for a stunning Utah landscape. Along the mesa to the east is another arch, named Washing Woman Arch. A 0.7-mile loop trail brings you right up to Mesa Arch, one of the park’s most popular points of interest....

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Jun 8, 2017 - Chicken Corners

Second day Jeep adventure followed the Chicken Corners Trail. CCT is a 40 mile round tripper that follows the Colorado River from outside Moab, crosses over Hurrah Pass to a viewing point across the river from Dead Horse Point SP. Chicken Corners gets its name from a very narrow passage that overlooks the Colorado River where the “least” chicken was willing to pass. The south side of the passage is a sheer red, sandstone wall and the north side is a straight drop-off to the canyon floor 400 feet below. From Chicken Corners, I was able to...

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Jun 7, 2017 - Elephant Hill

One of the reasons I returned to the Moab area was to explore more Jeep trails within Canyonlands National Park. One of those is the Elephant Hill Trail in the Needles District of Canyonlands NP. EHT starts about 75 miles south of Moab. The trail is closed to ATV and OHV use and requires a National Park issued day-use permit. Rated as one of the most technical four-wheel-drive roads in Utah, Elephant Hill presents drivers and mountain bikers with steep grades, loose rock, stair-step drops, tight turns, and tricky backing. Yep, this could...

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Nov 3, 2016 - Canyonlands National Park

We took a jetboat excursion down the Colorado River to see the cliffs from the river. It was great with awesome views of cliffs, arches, and rock formations of all shapes. The river here averages 2 feet deep, so the safety briefing by the boat pilot was unusual in that he said if the boat sinks to hold the life preservers up high to keep them dry while you are wading to shore because they are a PIA to clean and dry out! We also visited the park by road and were amazed by the high altitude sweeping views of the canyons, cliffs, and rivers...

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Jul 5, 2016 - Jeep Trails!

The Moab area’s beauty, history, and, hundreds of miles of old mining roads and 4x4 trails make it a place that will never be forgotten. Visitors can bring their own vehicle, rent a jeep, or take a tour with one of Moab’s experienced guides. I have always wanted to rent a Jeep and explore Canyonlands NP from below the Island in the Sky Rim view and Dead Horse Point Gooseneck of the Colorado River. Jeep rental starts @ 7:30am, returning @ 6:00pm. The following are the trails I hope to experience: GEMINI BRIDGES TRAIL The 7.7 mile trail...

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May 26, 2016 - The Needles at Canyonlands National Park

Here we are, again, in Moab, Utah! We did our first visit here four years ago and failed to do all the activities on our list---so we are back. G and I have already retoured Arches and the Island in the Sky portion of Canyonlands so, sorry, no pictures on those. I do have to say that Arches if now a top ten “To Do In A Lifetime” list that we are mentally preparing for other people. You really should see it! The interplay of red and yellow sandstone, the excitement of turning a corner and finding an arch, and the almost crushing feeling of...

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May 19, 2016 - Canyonlands National Park, Utah

We make lemonade. We know we have to move campgrounds today. Last night, we booked a Jet Boat Tour on the Colorado River. There is room near the tour office to park our rig during the trip. We take a half hour van ride along the Colorado River to get to our launch site. This is supposed to be the “scenic” cruise instead of the “adventure” cruise. The selling point is Canyonlands National Park. After at least an hour on the Colorado River, we make it to the boundary of Canyonlands. This is a very remote park! All the canyon scenery is...

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Oct 12, 2015 - Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Hello Everyone, Today we headed southwest towards one of our favorite states, Utah! Their red rock mountains and rock formations are truly a sight to see! Since we had already seen Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park, it seemed only fitting that we go back and see Canyonlands National Park! At Canyonlands we stayed inside the park at the only campground, but it only had 13 sites, no hookups, and on a first come, first serve basis. So, we chanced getting in and when we got there around noon we got the last site...

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Sep 29, 2015 - Side trip to the Needles area of Canyonlands NP

We headed for CanyonLands National Park, the southern part called the Needles area. This is about an hour and a half drive (70 Miles to the visitor center). Again, we went through some spectacular scenery. Hugh cliffs of red rock hemming in valleys of range land. There is one really nice ranch called the Dug Out Ranch. This is one really isolated ranch. The closest town is 30 miles by dirt road or 40 miles by pavement. There is also a historical site on the way called Newspaper Rock. It is a large flat rock with lots of petroglyphs on it....

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