13 August 2018
Canyonlands National Park is located about 30 minutes from Moab in East-Central Utah. It is promoted as one of the “Mighty 5” national parks in Utah which also inlcude Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Parks. We previously visited Bryce Canyon and Zion, both fantastic, so now we have Arches and Canyonlands in our sights.
Canyonlands is huge. The park is subdivided into four districts. We spent our time in the most popular and accessible, Island in the Sky. The hardcore visitor could spend a week here. We are more ‘see the highlights in a day’ types, and we did.
The whole family really enjoyed the park. It cannot rival the shear magnitude of the Grand Canyon but its many burnt orange mesas, buttes and canyons provide a stunning landscape.
Grand View Lookout (top left), Buck Canyon (top right), Green River Lookout (middle), Holeman Spring (middle left), Mesa Arch (bottom left), and Shafer Canyon (bottom right)