Canyonlands National Park is huge! It is separated into three districts. “Island in the Sky” is the easiest and the most popular district to visit. For most people, it is the only area of Canyonlands NP they will see. It gives a good overview of the type of landscape in the park. I have been there a number of times. “The Maze” is the most remote district and it is hard to reach without a four-wheel drive. The only part of “the Maze” accessible for a regular car is the “Great Gallery” (post #192), which offers one of the best rock arts in the world.
My favorite part of Canyonlands NP is the “Needles District”—it is a hikers’ playground! The extensive trail system provides many opportunities for long day hikes or overnight trips. This remote area is dominated by the colorful spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone. The rocks in the area often have a red and white banded appearance, created by periodic floods which carried iron-rich sediments during its formation. It is so much fun, hiking amongst the multicolored rocks, pinnacles, hoodoos, and cliffs.
Here I will post pictures taken from several different trails. The next post will concentrates on one of my favorite hikes—Druid Arch.