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by Chris & Carinne
July 24, 2010
From journal National Parks Tour
heber ctity, Utah
February 21, 2009
From journal Canyonlands National Park
May 2, 2007
From journal Rocks, in every shape, size, and color
April 28, 2007
Sleepy Hollow, New York
June 28, 2006
The end of Squaw Canyon is quite steep. The cairns mark the way up to smooth rock to a col, and just as in the side canyon I had earlier explored, the very end of the headwall is too steep to climb unaided, but for the small steps carved into the rock. Once on top, it is a wild descent down the steep wall on the other side to the bottom of Big Spring Canyon. Again, the trail at the bottom of the canyon is fairly easy walking. Overall, a great walk, easy in the canyons but very steep climbing from one canyon to the other.
From journal Summer in Moab
October 30, 2005
From journal Moab, Gateway to Canyonlands, Arches, and More.
Newton, New Jersey
June 8, 2005
This park is amazing. I only wish I had rented a Jeep 4x4 and visited the Needles section of the park. I did take a brief spin on the Shafer Trail with the low-clearance Buick Rendezvous I rented from Hertz, and it's a bit hairy to say the least. A Jeep Wrangler would have been better suited for this joy ride, as well as someone riding shotgun to help navigate. Going around the turns and not knowing if another car/truck is on the other side is nerve-wracking to say the least. Needless to say, I tried hugging the mountain every opportunity I got, as there are no guardrails.
This park tends to be less crowded than Arches
National Park, which is approximately a 30-minute drive southeast of the entrance. There were lots of fun things to explore, but be sure to bring lots of water, as there are no concessions in the park, save for a beverage machine at the ranger station. You can rent Jeep 4x4's in Moab and take a spin on all the dirt roads. Shafer and White Rim Trails are the most noted off-road trails.
From journal Weeklong Adventure in Utah
May 5, 2005
We drove to the end of the road and pulled into the mostly empty parking lot at Grand View Point. I grabbed my umbrella and camera and went to peer into the clouds at the edge. The trailhead for the walk along the edge of the mesa is nearby. My husband convinced me to start down the trail for at least a little while to see if there was anything worth seeing. I reluctantly joined him.
The trail is an easy, level walk marked by stone cairns, about 1 mile long. I’m not the least bit afraid of heights, but without any guardrails, this trail can conjure up images of what would happen if somehow one tripped on a loose rock near the edge - it’s a long way down! This feeling was intensified by the mist that would roll in and out, sometimes completely obscuring all but a few feet around us. Gradually, though, the rain stopped, the sky started to lighten, and the clouds began to part below us. Shafts of sunlight would illuminate far-off canyons, and I began to shoot more and more photos. The colors really became vivid in the late afternoon sun as it sunk below the clouds. Small clouds stubbornly hung on to lower mesas, really intensifying the scene. As I suspected would happen, a partial rainbow began to become visible in the distance. Even the far-off snow-capped mountains withdrew from the grayness, completing the scene of awesome beauty.
We will absolutely return to Canyonlands to explore much more of the park. Chances are that we will experience the typical hot, sunny climate on future visits, so I will cherish the different view we had of the park on this day.
From journal Road Trip to Utah for Scuba and Sightseeing
May 15, 2002
From journal Arches and Canyonlands NP