Canyonlands National Park is one of my favorite Canyon focused park, it doesn’t have the biggest Canyon but it does have the previous Canyon with more variety. There are three districts in the park separated by the rivers, on the west side of a river is really only accessible with hills and on the east side of the Colorado River is 60 miles of trails and island in the sky between the green and the Colorado river’s is the most accessible for touring and has great views of both rivers. Here is the ultimate way to explore canyonlands national park.
This is a quickie stop in the needles district a short 3/10 of a mile loop takes you to an ancient Pueblo granary an interesting historical site.
6/10 from mile loop over uneven pothole market slickrock takes you to a great view of the needles it’s a fun walk with a great view.
Cave Spring Trail
This is a one mile dirt road with some 6/10 miles tails with two latter plans and a cowboy tent, it’s a fun pair that goes through to cave and slick locks.
Buck Canyon Overlook
Buck Canyon has the iconic canyon’s eye view with a two-tier Canyon the drop into the lower can almost looks like a huge crack in the earth, this is a great place just to stand and gawk at the beauty.
Geologists are not sure how a Piazon was formed it could be the result of a meteorite or the rise of an ancient sea floor as evidenced by the white color and a 20-mile hike get you to the first viewpoint an additional mile get you to the second viewpoint from the other side for a very different vantage point. Both viewpoints are about the same but the hikes the second viewpoint is fun with very nice views along the way.
Green River Overlook
A short walk from the parking lot at the end of Green River overlook road is the spectacular view of the canyon carved out by the Green River. The two-tier formation of the canyon is clear and abuse with the red rocks glow in the Sun that is so iconic of America West; this is another place just to stare and grab your stuff relax and reflect.
The half-mile trail leads to an arch but unlike most of the arches in the arches national park next door the view looks down through the arch instead of the sky behind the arch as if you’re looking up from the bottom. This is a view that looks down from the top which has a very interesting of a complex landscape that is behind the arch given a very unique look. Don’t be surprised with tons of photographers at the arch at sunrise.
Grand View point
A flat with an uneven two-mile trail along the ridge ends at a true Grand View. The green and the Colorado Rivers are both visible and the scenery is simply out of this world. The scenery along the trail is absolutely fantastic with a thousand foot cliff that is behind. It is gorgeous and you see that all the way all along the path.
Canyonland is beautiful and diverse with more interesting trails and far less people than the Grand Canyon.