Wednesday, May 15 – Canyonlands National Park

The 290 mile drive from Chicken Little Campground to Moab, Utah was pleasant and uneventful. It is fascinating driving into this part of Utah because the terrain is so unique. The flat, dry, volcanic remnants of New Mexico slowly give way to drier, rolling hills and then towering rock landscapes that look almost other-worldly.

As we left New Mexico I picked up a text message to call the manager I’ll be working for in Yellowstone. It turns out that the Marina didn’t have the full staff of boat captains and I mentioned my extreme interest in that pursuit. So she made a phone call to her boss and, son of a gun, I’m going to drive the big boat this summer! How cool is that!

At Moab we stayed at Portal RV Resort, one of the more spacious and enjoyable campgrounds in Moab. Portal is a membership resort where, for a mere $125,000, folks can buy a 40′ by 80′ site (we rented for $40 a night). Apparently a large group was having an event at the campground as a large number of very large, very high end motorhomes were on hand and many visitors had jeeps or ATVs.

We enjoyed Moab last year on our way home from Yellowstone and were anxious to return to see more. Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park offer amazing, breathtaking landscapes. For our two day visit we focused on Canyonlands.

It took about an hour to drive the very twisty road off US191 into the park area. But first we took a quick detour into Dead Horse Point State Park. I wanted to see what the dead horse was pointing at. Well, apparently Dead Horse Point State Park is home to some pretty famous acreage. Not to mention some spectacular scenery. Check out this photo I took with my phone:

Dead Horse Point State Park

And this video:

After a couple of hours we continued on to Canyonlands. What a fascinating place! The park (and the landscape) is divided into 3 distinct sections courtesy of the Colorado River and one of its tributaries. One of the sections is only accessible by hiking but the other two sections both offer incredible scenery and landscapes. We went on several enjoyable (if a tad strenuous) hikes involving more rock climbing (the kind where you only need a decent pair of hiking boots). We also took in a ranger talk and learned about the geological history of the area.

Below is a photo of Mary Ann (to the right looking over the edge of the arch) taking pictures at the end of one of the hikes. The other side of the rock under the arch is a sheer drop.

Canyonlands National Park

Note to Portal RV Resort: next time can I bring my chickens?

 

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One Response to Wednesday, May 15 – Canyonlands National Park

  1. Curtis says:

    Breathtaking views