It’s impossible to play favorites with the AZ/UT parks because each is unique, fascinating, and beautiful in its own right, and I’ve loved exploring them, but I have to admit…Canyonlands (The Needles) holds a very special place in my heart.
There are no shuttle buses to take you to the scenic overlooks here. This place makes you work for it! In just 4 days, Martin & I logged more than 50 miles of the most magnificent hikes, and with each mile, I fell a little deeper for this raw wonderland.
Each hike is more like a series of mini hikes as the topography keeps shifting. We went from walking-on-the-moon through giant rock craters, to traversing over slickrock, to bouldering, to winding through narrow slot canyons barely wider than our hips (so cool!) to meandering through big open fields surrounded on all sounds by massive, colorful rock formations.
How they carved these trails in/over/around/through/ under those rocks is a mystery, but it’s a hikers paradise. You never know what will surprise you around the next bend or over the next rock. It’s heaven – GO!
Special thanks to Randy and Jeanne – our new friends who helped show us the ropes and see the hidden wonders of Canyonlands. You two are an inspiration for living the adventure travel lifestyle. Thank you for sharing some of your secrets with us! Same time, same place next year??! 🙂
We are now in Moab/Arches and will be visiting Canyonlands’ sister in the north (Island in the Sky) next, but The Needles has set the bar high, even for Glacier and Denali.
So, while I’m loathe to play favorites, if you make me do it, you have my answer!