Words -- and actually photos -- don't do them justice.
|On the left is the aptly-named Balanced Rock. You can (barely, but hopefully better if you double click to enlarge) see a woman standing on a lower rock near the center of the photo.|
|A scenery shot with eastern Utah's La Sal Mountains in the background.|
|An arch near the park’s campground. You can see a man sitting below the left side of the arch. Arches National Park has over 2,000 arches ranging from three feet across (the minimum size to be considered an arch) to 306 feet across.|
Today it was Canyonlands National Park -- just 25 miles from Arches -- and a place neither one of us had been. (Pathetic on Bev's part, since I've lived in Utah 38 years.) Canyonlands is huge --- 527 square miles --- and made up of three distinct sections: Island in the Sky, The Needles, and The Maze; no roads within the park link the three. Island in the Sky is the park's northern-most section and is the part we explored. It’s wedged between the Green and Colorado Rivers; their confluence is at the southern tip and it's those two rivers that carved the park's canyons. The Needles makes up the park's east/southeast section. The Maze is the west/southwest section of the park and has NO improved road leading to it.
| We listened to a ranger presentation made at Island in the Sky's "Grand View Point Overlook," the furthest point out on a developed road. |