Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Canyonlands

It was another early morning and we first drove to Dead Horse Point, an overlook that gives you a view of the canyon and the bend of the Colorado River. It is a beautiful sight, especially looking off in the distance to the mesas and buttes of Utah. Windy, windy, windy and being outside is difficult today. Our next stop is the north section of the Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky, south of the Arches and about equidistant from Moab. We hike out to Mesa Arch, which overhangs the cliff-part of the front of the rock had fallen, leaving a very wide arch, that at sunrise glows from beneath. Mid morning, the arch is still beautiful. Again, we hit all the popular sights, but the gusty winds make it somewhat unpleasant to be standing at overlooks, especially at sunset, over Destination Point. Even more than the Arches, the park is ours alone and we see only a couple of people our entire stay.

Our plan is to leave the park after sunset and begin driving out toward Bryce. We stop for burgers along the way and stayed in a practically empty Comfort Inn in Green River. It is obvious that these towns depend on summer traffic to survive and just about shut down in the winter.

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