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Canyonlands National Park in Utah - Pictures of Scenic Day Tour

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Visiting national, state, and local parks rates high on my wish list when it comes to vacations. Every park is distinct and memorable!

Scenic Canyonlands National Park near Pyramid Point
Scenic Canyonlands National Park near Pyramid Point | Source

Canyonlands

Canyonlands National Park is a scenic adventure land of which we took a day tour and have many pictures that are able to be shared with fellow Internet travelers.

My niece and I enjoyed the one day four wheel drive guided tour into beautiful Canyonlands National Park in July of 1991.

Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are both near Moab, Utah where most of the visitors to this area stay for nearby lodging.

Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park | Source

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the creation of this national park on September 12, 1964. President Richard Nixon expanded the park to it's present size of 527 square acres in 1971.

Elevation of Canyonlands ranges from 3,700 to 7,100 feet. It is 38 miles in length and 24 miles wide.

The graded road we followed in Canyonlands National Park looks nice and wide here but it got narrower!
The graded road we followed in Canyonlands National Park looks nice and wide here but it got narrower! | Source

Three sections of the park are open to the public.

The Island in the Sky is the section that we saw. It is in the northeast part of the park nearest Moab. This section has some paved roads and can be seen by passenger car.

Although to get beyond the merest glimpse of Canyonlands, I would heartily recommend only traversing the roads that get you a bit deeper into the park by jeep or four-wheeled vehicles.

We saw some brave (fool hearty?) souls trying to do it in their regular passenger cars and had they experienced a flat tire or other such calamity on those narrow paths of graded roadbed, it would not have been a pretty sight!

Canyonlands National Park

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This was our Scenic Tours vehicle in Canyonlands National Park.Canyonlands National Park
This was our Scenic Tours vehicle in Canyonlands National Park.
This was our Scenic Tours vehicle in Canyonlands National Park. | Source
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park | Source

Touring Canyonlands

  • The Needles area is in the south part of the park.

It has hiking trails to many different sights; one can see Indian ruins here and see where the Colorado River and the Green river merge. Perfect for some sightseeing with passenger cars; four-wheel vehicles; mountain bikes, and naturally two legged hiking.

  • The Maze in the west part of the park is the most remote part of Canyonlands and the least visited by tourists except for those hearty souls who wish to explore the unimproved roads with two or four-wheel drive vehicles.

It received it's name from the many maze-like canyons contained in this area.

Permits are required for private passenger cars as well as commercial vehicles taking visitors into the park.

This is a rugged land full of surprising vistas around every bend of the road or trail. Although not huge in the sense of set aside park land distances can be deceiving.

Foot travel is inhibited by geologic features such as the rivers, canyons and other natural barriers. Few roads take one into the interior and because of that it is impossible to see much of the park in one day.

Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks: A Guide To More Than 60 Great Hikes (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks: A Guide To More Than 60 Great Hikes (Falcon Guides)

Both parks are near one another so it is nice to have a guide such as this one.

 
  • We chose to see the Walking Rocks All Day Tour which is in the Island in the Sky northern part of the park.

We were satisfied with this look into ancient geologic history but could certainly understand wanting to spend more time there in the future exploring other parts of the park.

Our guide Eric Bjornstad was an interesting and knowledgeable character. He was a former mountain climber and is an author. He has even been dubbed as a Robert Redford character in a movie filmed in the Moab area.

Many films are shot here because of the unique beauty of the area. He kept up a running commentary as we were driven through the park.

These are labeled the Mushroom Caps in Canyonlands National Park.
These are labeled the Mushroom Caps in Canyonlands National Park. | Source

He undoubtedly knew every curve of the road and knew the road intimately, but some of us were wide-eyed as he drove the van seemingly a millimeter or two from the edge of a deep chasm.

My niece once said to me, "I am too young to die!" I am sure that is part of the drama and I must say it kept our hearts beating!

Snapshot taken from the moving van in Canyonlands National Park.
Snapshot taken from the moving van in Canyonlands National Park. | Source

Just like in Arches National Park, this area was once covered by an inland sea many different times with evaporation causing the build up of salt. Deposits of sand that solidified into rocks finally generated over one mile of sedimentary rock over the entire Moab area. Shifting plate action helped create the Moab Valley.

According to our guide, 92% of the entire State of Utah is reserved as public lands.

Numerous petroglyphs can be found in Canyonlands National Park.
Numerous petroglyphs can be found in Canyonlands National Park. | Source

Petroglyphs

There is evidence of Indian settlement in these parts that goes back centuries.

The Freemont and Anasazi Indians were both living here at the same time around A.D. 1100. They left evidence behind with rock drawings called petroglyphs which can be seen here with these photos. These are the few that we saw but there are many, many more within the park confines.

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Petroglyphs in Canyonlands National ParkPetroglyphs in Canyonlands National ParkDesert sunflower near the petroglyphs
Petroglyphs in Canyonlands National Park
Petroglyphs in Canyonlands National Park | Source
Petroglyphs in Canyonlands National Park
Petroglyphs in Canyonlands National Park | Source
Desert sunflower near the petroglyphs
Desert sunflower near the petroglyphs | Source

According to our guide, Eric, the Anasazi Indians were called the "Ancient Enemies" by the Navajo's. They were a very sybaritic people.

They lived on the land hunting animals and gathering plant foods. They raised turkeys, planted fields in the canyon bottoms and used the juniper and pinon trees for firewood and building materials.

There was never a large population simply because of the harshness of the environment and by the end of the 13th century due to a prolonged drought, Canyonlands was abandoned by the Anasazi Indians as a habitat.

Petrified Sand Dunes

Many petrified sand dunes exist within Canyonlands National Park.

Also called slickrock, very little vegetation grows in this type of rock.

Petrified Sand Dunes in Canyonlands National Park
Petrified Sand Dunes in Canyonlands National Park | Source

Erosion

Differential erosion causes holes in the rocks.

Water washes out the softer parts of the rock.

This is an important source of water for animals within the park even providing an entire life cycle for some like the tadpole shrimp when filled with rainwater.

Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park | Source

The following pictures show some of what we were seeing on our tour.

Jug Handle Arch seems to be aptly named.

While Arches National Park has the greatest density of natural rock arches in the world, Canyonlands has a good share of them as well. The two national parks are quite close to one another in proximity.

Jug Handle Arch in Canyonlands National Park
Jug Handle Arch in Canyonlands National Park | Source

Most of the color seen in the rocks is due to iron or manganese plus being oxygen rich or oxygen poor.

A green color would indicate the latter.

The white in the rock is vegetative in origin. Canyonlands National Park
The white in the rock is vegetative in origin. Canyonlands National Park | Source

My niece is standing in front of a balancing rock in one of the photos.

My niece standing in front of a balancing rock in Canyonlands National Park.
My niece standing in front of a balancing rock in Canyonlands National Park. | Source

As our tour guide was driving along the narrow dirt roads, one could look straight up or down and capture images. We were very close to the edge of the road in many cases!

The scenery is so spectacular almost every direction one looks while in Canyonlands National Park!

Scenery in Canyonlands
Scenery in Canyonlands | Source

High Desert Country

Canyonlands is high desert country and is definitely a harsh environment for animals who try to eke out a life in this area. The ones who have adapted are experts at survival in climates like this.

Most of the mammals who live here are active at night and stay in burrows or some type of shelter during the day.

The Living Desert
The Living Desert

I always find it interesting to learn about creatures that can survive living in harsh surroundings like deserts.

 

There are coyotes living here as well as desert bighorn sheep.

There are canyon mice and wood rats; chipmunks and rock squirrels; many types of birds including golden eagles, turkey vultures, white throated swifts and swallows; and many types of lizards who all happen to be carnivores. This is not an inclusive list but gives you an idea of the type of animals and other life that survives in these environs.

Two species that seem to be doing well in the park are the spotted owl and peregrin falcon.

These rather rare birds seem to like the remoteness of the area and this may just be their salvation as far as their surviving as a species.

Pointing towards some petrified bone in the rock in Canyonlands National Park
Pointing towards some petrified bone in the rock in Canyonlands National Park | Source

Petrified Bones

In the photo above my niece is pointing towards some petrified bone in the rock.

This entire area used to be covered by a sea.

Dinosaurs did not yet exist in these parts to put this in perspective.

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One could walk into any arroyo in these parts and find petrified wood in Canyonlands National Park.Canyonlands National ParkCanyonlands National Park
One could walk into any arroyo in these parts and find petrified wood in Canyonlands National Park.
One could walk into any arroyo in these parts and find petrified wood in Canyonlands National Park. | Source
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Canyonlands National Park | Source
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park | Source

Tour Van

This is our van and the back of our van driver and tour guide Eric. He rapidly drove into this impassable rock formation and at the last minute applied the brakes to effectively stop the vehicle.

Another wide-eyed moment for us, his passengers! He was quite the character!

Our tour van in Canyonlands
Our tour van in Canyonlands | Source

Some of the photos I took while on this day trip were snapped out of the van as it was traveling. But often he stopped the van so that we could get out and get a closer look at things.

Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park | Source

I would definitely advise taking a tour instead of trying to navigate these rough roads by oneself because of the things one can learn from an informed guide such as we had even if he was a bit of a dare-devil type!

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Canyonlands National Park ~ Notice the road below.Road into Canyonlands National ParkEvidence of erosion over eons of time and resulting beauty in Canyonlands National Park.
Canyonlands National Park ~ Notice the road below.
Canyonlands National Park ~ Notice the road below. | Source
Road into Canyonlands National Park
Road into Canyonlands National Park | Source
Evidence of erosion over eons of time and resulting beauty in Canyonlands National Park.
Evidence of erosion over eons of time and resulting beauty in Canyonlands National Park. | Source

Rock Beehive!

On one of these scheduled stops Eric pointed out a beehive that had somehow been built into a rock.

It was an amazing experience to smell the fragrance of sweet honey coming out of a rock. These and similar experiences would never probably be experienced if it were not for having an experienced guide who knew about the details of things like this on our sojourn throughout the park.

Canyonlands National Park ~ Smelling honey in a rock beehive! Very fragrant!
Canyonlands National Park ~ Smelling honey in a rock beehive! Very fragrant! | Source

The vistas seen whether viewed from the windows of the van looking out or up in some cases (looking through the open roof) were always spectacular. I had a simple 35 millimeter Canon camera in those days and in some cases took multiple pictures and then pieced them together for a panoramic shot of what we were viewing.

A case in point was our next stop at Pyramid Point where one camera shot could not in any way take in the broad magnificent vista of the Colorado River curving through the canyon with the surrounding intricately carved cliffs surrounding the valley floor. The greenery near the water starkly contrasted with the more barren rock formations that rose above the floor of the canyon.

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My niece at the Pyramid Point vista in Canyonlands National ParkView from Pyramid Point in Canyonlands National Park
My niece at the Pyramid Point vista in Canyonlands National Park
My niece at the Pyramid Point vista in Canyonlands National Park | Source
View from Pyramid Point in Canyonlands National Park
View from Pyramid Point in Canyonlands National Park | Source

After viewing Pyramid Point our guide and driver Eric drove us to a sheltered spot where he pulled over and stopped the vehicle for a mid-day repast of lunch.

He had multiple coolers stuffed with luncheon supplies and we were offered a variety of things that would satisfy almost anyone traversing these Canyonlands. Water and soft drinks were happily embraced and consumed.

It was a nice break and we enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers as well as our guide.

Our guide found a shady spot for lunch that day in Canyonlands National Park.
Our guide found a shady spot for lunch that day in Canyonlands National Park. | Source

In visiting with Eric we found out that the tamarisk trees were not native, but imported here from western Asia to the Southwest in the mid-1800's to control erosion are now an invasive species that is destroying native plants that were much more beneficial to animal life in the area.

Not only is this prolific shrub/tree taking over and eliminating the native willows and cottonwoods along the river canyons, but, according to our guide, they consume up to 150 gallons of water per day and use one third of the flow of the Colorado River.

After lunch we continued our drive through Canyonlands and got to see other sights and learn more about this particular area.

These rock formations are called the Nuts and Bolts in Canyonlands National Park.
These rock formations are called the Nuts and Bolts in Canyonlands National Park. | Source

Walking Rocks Tour

The name of this particular one day tour was the "Walking Rocks" which was actually named by Lin Ottinger, the owner of the tour we chose to take.

Deep crevices between the free standing rocks exist and one could walk from one to another but had to be aware and careful of the crevices that could certainly bring an end to a "fun" vacation.

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Some of our fellow travelers out on the WALKING ROCKS in Canyonlands National Park.Step into this crevice & one's vacation would definitely be ruined in Canyonlands National Park.One never knows for sure just what is under those rocks in Canyonlands National Park.
Some of our fellow travelers out on the WALKING ROCKS in Canyonlands National Park.
Some of our fellow travelers out on the WALKING ROCKS in Canyonlands National Park. | Source
Step into this crevice & one's vacation would definitely be ruined in Canyonlands National Park.
Step into this crevice & one's vacation would definitely be ruined in Canyonlands National Park. | Source
One never knows for sure just what is under those rocks in Canyonlands National Park.
One never knows for sure just what is under those rocks in Canyonlands National Park. | Source

Our next stop took us to a natural stone bridge that spanned a portion of the canyon. We were invited to walk over it.

Looking down was a daunting sight to be sure!

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My niece walking over that stone bridge in Canyonlands National Park.Stone Bridge in Canyonlands National Park
My niece walking over that stone bridge in Canyonlands National Park.
My niece walking over that stone bridge in Canyonlands National Park. | Source
Stone Bridge in Canyonlands National Park
Stone Bridge in Canyonlands National Park | Source

Our guide demonstrated that one never knows what is under the rocks that one might be traversing.

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See the people?  Nothing under that rock in Canyonlands National Park.Road we traversed is below in Canyonlands National Park.All important water source in Canyonlands National Park.
See the people?  Nothing under that rock in Canyonlands National Park.
See the people? Nothing under that rock in Canyonlands National Park. | Source
Road we traversed is below in Canyonlands National Park.
Road we traversed is below in Canyonlands National Park. | Source
All important water source in Canyonlands National Park.
All important water source in Canyonlands National Park. | Source

And finally I will leave you with a picture of my niece and some of the switchback roads that we traveled as we looked back upon them as well as a few other photos. This was a truly enjoyable and informative day.

As indicated earlier this was just a glimpse of one portion of Canyonlands National Park. With three distinct sections to the park and many hiking paths, one could spend much more time there discovering its beauty and hidden secrets.

This should give you an idea of what we saw that one day on our tour in Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

Perhaps this will entice you to visit that area and do some exploring of it if you get the chance.

It is definitely worth more time than we got to spend there during our vacation. Our short visit did provide searing images and memories for us to last a lifetime, and of course we have our many pictures.

Hope you enjoyed this virtual visit.

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My niece in Canyonlands National ParkTwo photos pieced together showing the switchback roads we had traveled in Canyonlands National Park.
My niece in Canyonlands National Park
My niece in Canyonlands National Park | Source
Two photos pieced together showing the switchback roads we had traveled in Canyonlands National Park.
Two photos pieced together showing the switchback roads we had traveled in Canyonlands National Park. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi gerogescifo,

      Glad you enjoyed this virtual visit to Canyonlands National Park in Utah. You would undoubtedly like visiting the other parks in Utah as well. They are all different and interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      I know what you mean about Utah being an incredible state to visit. We only had 2 weeks and just had time to catch some of the highlights of the 5 national parks; some of the state parks, etc. I would happily spend much more time there if given the choice. Appreciate the votes and shares.

      Yes...I hope our freezing weather has ended. About time! :))

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      georgescifo 2 years ago from India

      The photos and the writing in this hub has provided me with a much more clear picture and idea about teh National park in Utah. Really enjoyed reading it.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      As always you have packed this article with information and amazing photos! Utah is indeed an incredible state and I think not necessarily what people are expecting. It is well worth seeing and it will take some time because there is so much there to see and do. It should be on everyone's bucket list and with summer vacation coming before you know it, people really should consider a visit to Utah.

      Voted up and BAUI, shared with followers and pinned to AH.

      Hopefully we're done with freezing temperatures and especially freezing rain. 3 ice storms in a row and the walking was treacherous. Hope you are seeing spring . . . ;)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      So nice to know that you enjoyed reading and seeing photos of Canyonlands National Park. It is truly an amazing place. Thanks for your comment.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Amazing....wow...I can't say anything, Peggy. I love to see Canyonlands National Park one day. Nice report and I really enjoy all pictures here. Good job, my friend. Rated up and take care!

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again JSParker,

      I know many people do not have the time to watch 9 minute videos...but thought that this one was so fantastic of Canyonlands, & nice to know that you thought so also. Thanks for your added awesome vote! :)

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      JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      I just watched the 9+ minute video at the end of your hub, and it really IS fantastic! Just gorgeous. I turned off the light in my room and just settled in for a meditation of scenery and beautiful music. Great choice of video. Added an "awesome" vote.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi JSParker,

      Moab is a great central location for those wishing to see Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. We spent one day in each place...just enough time to get an overview. One could spend weeks in each park! Sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for your comment and beautiful vote.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi bdeguilio,

      Oh yes...Eric, our tour guide & driver in Canyonlands was quite the character! If he is still working there, he is probably giving people the same hair curling rides! He was well informed about the site and made it an interesting day. It would take quite some time to see all of Canyonlands...even the more accessible areas...as it is so large a national park. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      Glad that you found this hub about Canyonlands NP informative. The stone bridge is wider than it looks from a distance but obviously someday it will fall. Wouldn't want to be crossing it on that particular day because it is a long way to the bottom! Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Voted beautiful on this hub! I enjoyed it and learned more than I knew from my own visit 2-1/2 years ago. I was very interested to read about the petroglyphs, the only place I've seen them is at Mesa Verde in Colorado.

      My sister and I did a "Canyonlands Tour" that also included the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons. Moab was our first stop. We stayed at a great bed and breakfast in town and spent a couple of days, more of the time in Arches. But we did hike up to one of the great overlook sites not too far inside Canyonlands and what a vista! On the way out of the park, the view of Dead Horse Point (a state park) is a sight not to be missed.

      Happy trails!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a harsh yet beautiful place. Went to Arches NP many years ago but never made it to Canyonlands NP. Love the pictures, they really capture the remoteness of the area. Sounds like Eric was quite the character? Thanks for sharing.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy, Wonderful pictures of an interesting place. what you said about "tamarisk" being imported and planted there for a conservation purpose is an example of good intentions going wrong. When I was young I might have gone across the "stone bridge" but probably would find it daunting now. Voted up, beautiful and interesting. Will share.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      Sorry for the late response. For some reason this went into the spam category and I did not notice it until today.

      To answer your question, the motels in Moab are quite reasonable as to a place to stay...at least we found them that way. We even found one with a little kitchenette. As to driving, I suppose you could risk it, but it is definitely recommended that one has a 4 wheel drive vehicle. A tour or a rental car for the day would accomplish that.

      There are 3 parts to this massive park that are accessible to visitors. As to hiking in further, I have no idea if people have been lost. Probably some at some point in time. Not sure about legends but since Indians have left their marks there, people have inhabited it or at least roamed through these areas in times long past.

      Hope you get to see Canyonlands in person someday. Am sure that you will be impressed as we were. It would take a long time to see it all! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      AUDREY 6 years ago

      I sold my 4X4, but my husband has chevy silverado 4X2. Could we drive in close to the great gallery petroglyph area? I must see those demonic looking pics up close. I read of shadow people seen in canyonlands. Any legends? Is there a cheap motel closest to the great gallery side of the park? It's confusing on how to get there. Have many people died attempting to hike canyonlands?

      Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Utah is an amazing State and has 5 National Parks and a great number of State Parks in it...Canyonlands being just one. We only saw a portion of Canyonlands on our full day tour. As you say...a great place for photography. Need to go back and color correct these when I have the time! Even better looking in person than these photos portray.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I have never been to Utah and the desert images are amazing - a photographers dream. The reds and blues are always amazing in deserts and these canyons have so many natural lines. Looks like the hiking will get you fit!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings vballkel,

      Oh yes! Canyonlands National Park is definitely worth the effort to go and see and explore. For that matter each of the National Parks in Utah are spectacular and are different from one another and worth the time to enjoy. The couple of State Parks that we also worked in to our vacation were also spectacular. Thanks for the comment.

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      vballkel 7 years ago from Michigan

      You have some great pictures. I need to go there the next time I am down there instead of just going to Arches.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Sansu,

      You should have no problem doing exactly that. Just make your reservations for the Canyonlands National Park tours ahead of time since your time is limited. We explored Arches National Park on our own. Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend and thanks for the comment. Drop me a line after the fact and let me know how you enjoyed it. Thanks!

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      Sansu 8 years ago

      Hi Peggy,

      Thank you for sharing your photos and your experiences. We are planning to visit Thanksgiving weekend and we wonder if we can do our own tour of Arches Ntional Park then have a guided of the Canyonlands?

      Thanks.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings agusfanani,

      Visiting Canyonlands National Park was amazing. Hope you can visit it somday as you desire. Thanks for the comment.

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      agusfanani 8 years ago from Indonesia

      This is an amazing hub. I wish I would be there too !

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Dennis,

      I have written your son's blog address down and will definitely send him a message. His photography is beautiful. I can see why he got a job using that skill for the army. Hope he comes home safe from Afghanistan.

      Taking students to Canyonlands National Park as well as Zion and Bryce must have been fun for you as well as them. I know when I took a German girlfriend of mine to 10 national parks some years ago...including the Grand Canyon, she also felt overwhelmed and in awe of these natural beauties. We are fortunate to have so many set aside lands in the U.S. for everyone to enjoy.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Dennis Freire 8 years ago

      Peggy, your photos bring back a lot of memories for me. I took a group of Japanese university students to Canyon Land and Bryce Canyon and Zion. I wish you could have seen their faces. They were stunned. In overload. Awed. Inspired. It was a wonderful experience.

      My son, Matt,is a photographer for the Army. He's in Afghanistan. Please check out mattfreire.blogspots.com to see one of his published photos and a recent poem he wrote after an air-assault mission he was on. Please leave a comment for him... the communications encourage him. It's tough there.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi loveroflife,

      Canyonlands National Park is indeed rugged. In fact one needs a four wheel drive vehicle to get in to see parts of the park...or of course on foot, boating and rafting, etc. Hope you get to see this very scenic part of our country someday.

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      loveroflife 8 years ago

      Canyonlands National Park looks rugged and beautiful. Hope to visit it someday.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Adventuress, You must love the Southwest as do we. Hope you are able to get back there soon. Thanks for your comment.

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      Adventuress 8 years ago

      I love your photos--they remind me of my trip to the Grand Canyon in 2001. Thanks for reminding me that I need to get back to the Southwest.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Jerilee,

      I am enjoying them as well as I am getting to re-live the trips in my mind over again.

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      I just love your travelogues! I haven't seen many of these places in years.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The entire state is almost a continuous series of set aside public lands! I would heartily suggest visiting there. Even more to see but we squeezed in all that we could in the two weeks that we had.

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      Wanderlust 8 years ago from New York City

      I like your Utah series of hubs. Great pictures! Make me want to visit these parks one day.