We had a wonderful day at Canyonlands National Park today with Vickie, Sammy and Betty. Canyonlands National Park is a U.S. National Park located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab and preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries.
The park is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character. Two large river canyons are carved into the Colorado Plateau by the Colorado River and Green River.
Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as "the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere.” My favorite part of the park was the Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument, a Utah state monument featuring a rock panel carved with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs.
It is along the relatively well-traveled access road into the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park. The 200-square-foot rock is a part of the vertical Wingate sandstone cliffs that enclose the upper end of Indian Creek Canyon, and is covered by hundreds of petroglyph—one of the largest, best preserved and easily accessed groups in the Southwest. The petroglyphs feature a mixture of human, animal, material and abstract forms.
Newspaper Rock was designated a State Historical Monument in 1961, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in San Juan County, Utah as Indian Creek State Park in 1976.
This is another absolutely beautiful National Park. We have visited two in the last week and have enjoyed both much. We especially enjoyed seeing this beautiful park with family. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Check back later for more.