“I’ve seen it all
And it’s never enough
It keeps leaving me needing you
Take me away”
Canyonlands is not easy to describe. Filled with jagged peaks, sharp turns, treacherous roads and captivating viewpoints. You feel overwhelmed, inadequate and lost all at once. A week isn’t enough to explore the entire park. We met this cool guy (kinda reminds me of the original Macgyver) while we were at Arches and he specifically told us to go to Canyonlands’ Green River Overlook to watch the sunset. It wasn’t in the original plan but we decided to check it out. Let’s just say that this picture looks even better in real life.
The next day we took the Island in the Sky half day tour. We decided to do this because it was our first time and it’s way cheaper than renting a 4×4. If you are afraid of heights, this is not a tour you should take. The first part of the tour took us to some beautiful spots and rock arts.
Followed by a stopover at the Gooseneck overlook of the Colorado River then we drove through the White Rim to get to Musselman Arch.
I’m the tiny person in the picture because my friend was too scared to walk closer. In fact, he was really annoyed at me for even standing on top of the arch. It’s really not that scary. Go figure! The tour guide took us to a steep and extremely dangerous road full of switchbacks known as the Shafer trail all the way up to Island in the Sky (elevation is around 6k ft.).
Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to visit the other parts of Canyonlands. I should have spent several days in Moab. This is really a once in a lifetime trip.
There are a couple of books/guide I’d like to recommend if you want to be a bit more prepared before you go.
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