In May 2005, Rachelle and I took a vacation to Colorado. During our trip, we took a slight detour into Utah. After visiting Arches National Park, we decided to briefly visit Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is divided into three separate parts by the Colorado and Green Rivers. We only had time to visit the Island in the Sky District.
Canyonlands National Park
After stopping at the Visitor Center, we took a short hike for our first views of the canyon.
Next, we drove to the southern end of the road, stopping at the Orange Cliffs Overlook to eat lunch and take in the awesome scenery.
Next, we headed to the Grand View Point Overlook, the southernmost viewpoint in the Island in the Sky District.
In this photograph the White Rim Road is visible. It is an unpaved road which gives visitors to the park access to the lower canyon rim. Unfortunately, we did not have time to spend driving the road, so we had to settle for this spectacular view.
From this vantage point the Green and Colorado Rivers were not visible. The rivers have cut deeper, narrower channels in the broad canyons we saw. Somewhere below us the Green River joined the Colorado on its journey south.
It was time to end our brief visit to Canyonlands National Park. We left and headed back to Colorado where we would make a brief visit to Colorado National Monument.