Sunday, August 14, 2022 (Part II)—Canyonlands National Park

After checking into our motel and grabbing a “take away” bite to eat, we drove north to the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. I visited there briefly in the mid 1970s, but did not take enough time to smell the roses or take many photographs; Kay had never been there. At Grand View Point Overlook, the majesty of the canyons spread to the horizon. Grand View Point is the southern-most spot on Canyonland’s high mesa, the Island in the Sky. This whole area of the mesa has a 1,000 foot vertical wall, and the trails go right up to the edge—just a little gust of wind, and camera equipment and photographer are over the edge! Laid out below the Grand View Point is a complex network of canyons carved by the converging Colorado and Green Rivers.

Canyonlands NP, from Grand View Point Overlook
Canyonlands NP, from Grand View Point Overlook
Canyonlands NP, from Grand View Point Overlook
Canyonlands NP, from Grand View Point Overlook

From Grand View Point, we began chasing the sunset despite very cloudy conditions. Our final stop was at Orange Cliffs Overlook, but we were unable to see the sunset.

Sunset at Orange Cliffs Overlook, Canyonlands NP

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