Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Canyonlands entices one to explore innumerable canyons' tributaries and formations made by the Colorado River. The Island in the Sky, the Maze, the Needles are sections of the park and are separated by the local rivers. These regions share a primitive desert setting, but each offers distinct opportunities for unique experiences.

Canyonlands National Park Info


Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands National Park Photos

Canyonlands National Park | Buck Canyon Overlook

JB_1984 posted a photo:

Canyonlands National Park   |   Buck Canyon Overlook

That Was A Close One!

Bill Fultz posted a photo:

That Was A Close One!

Mesa Arch
Island In The Sky
Canyonlands National Park
Moab

Ever since I began my interest in shooting natural arches and bridges it has been on my bucket list to visit eastern Utah. Utah is home to the largest concentration of arches in the US with over 8,000 confirmed. Kentucky is home to the second highest concentration of arches with over 1600 confirmed. By comparison Utah has 100’s more arches than Kentucky whos spans are 50 ft or longer.

One of the more famous arches on my Utah list was Mesa Arch. Located in Canyonlands National Park outside Moab, the views don’t get much better than what it does with this one. With a span of 90 ft you can see miles into the distance over Lanthrop and Buck Canyons to the La Sal Mountains nearly 40 miles away. We cut it pretty close on our visit to this arch after having to make a pit stop in Grand Junction to replace a phone that had been lost at Rocky Mountain National Park the day before and spending a more time that we should have shooting abandonment in Cisco, Utah. I was hoping to catch some late evening light on the arch but I had missed that by 20 minutes or so. Nonetheless I got some shots I really liked and looking back I missed some opportunities. Guess that means I'll need to go back. Darn!

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Mars-like Landscape

Philip Michael Photo posted a photo:

Mars-like Landscape

The drive from Arches to Canyonlands Needles District looked like this much of the way. Surrounded by these iron cliffs, it's easy to imagine you're on Mars.

Cave Spring Trail

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Cave Spring Trail

Needles District

Big Spring Canyon

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Big Spring Canyon

Needles District

Big Spring Canyon

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Big Spring Canyon

Needles District

Cave Spring Trail

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Cave Spring Trail

Cave Spring Trail

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Cave Spring Trail

Needles District

Needles Outpost from Cave Spring Trail

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Needles Outpost from Cave Spring Trail

Desert Varnish

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Desert Varnish

Cave Spring Trail

Big Spring Canyon

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Big Spring Canyon

Needles District

Cave Spring Trail

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Cave Spring Trail

Needles District

Cave Spring Trail

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Cave Spring Trail

Needles District

Needles from Cave Spring Trail

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Needles from Cave Spring Trail

Needles District

Big Spring Canyon

Jan L. Curtis posted a photo:

Big Spring Canyon

Needles District

The White Rim

repete7 posted a photo:

The White Rim

The white capstone is sandstone formed during the Permian period from white wind-blown beach sand. It's harder than the underlying Organ Rock Shale, so erosion forms some funky shapes.

last canyon light

Sean Vallely posted a photo:

last canyon light

late reflections

Sean Vallely posted a photo:

late reflections

green river

Sean Vallely posted a photo:

green river

making camp

Sean Vallely posted a photo:

making camp