I am determined to write down my recollections of our Utah trip before I forget them entirely…
When last we left our heroes, we had finished a busy day of hiking in Dead Horse Point park and Arches National Park. That night, we camped a second time at the Dead Horse campground.
The next morning, I completely failed to get up and photograph dawn, as I had planned. We were all pretty beat up from all the hiking the night before, and decided we would take things a little easier.
We pulled up stakes and headed to our next destination, Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is a very rugged park; only a fraction of its area is accessible by paved roads. There are three distinct areas, all mutually inaccessible by passenger car (you have to drive out to a main road and re-enter the park via a different route): “Island in the Sky”, “The Needles” and “The Maze”. The Maze doesn’t even have any paved roads running into it at all, only dirt tracks. Canyonlands is a major 4WD destination, although we didn’t see much evidence of people in offroad vehicles while we were there.
We made camp first in the Island In The Sky area. This park of the park is on a huge plateau (”mesa”) and offers more views along the lines of those we had first experienced at Dead Horse Point: sweeping vistas across redrock canyons. Looking back over my images from this part of our trip, though, I’m struck by the fact that I mostly photographed smaller details, and I chose to render my “keepers” from the park in B&W:
Wizened Tree, Canyonlands National Park
We did a handful of short hikes around the park. One particularly cool hike was up Aztec Butte, a rocky outcropping a few hundred feet high. Under the lip of the butte, the Anasazi Indians had built rock granaries, away from larger animals and sheltered from rain:
Anasazi granary, Canyonlands National Park
We had a mellow day stomping around the park and retired to our tents at sundown.