Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, & Grand Gulch, Utah
by Joseph A. Sprince - Photography by Gerald B. Allen
This great panorama shot was taken at Dead Horse Point State Park
adjacent to Canyonlands. It was actually a two shot composite. The
great bend in the Colorado River here is known as a "gooseneck".
Goosenecks occur rather frequently in canyon country and are related
to the varying resistance of the different rock formations which the river
This surrealistic view was captured from the Island in the Sky in
Canyonlands National Park. The eerie looking "fingers" represent the
"inner" canyon of the Colorado. The full depth of the canyon is
discernible from the large cliffs in the background which would
be considered the upper part of the canyon.
At right is a view of the bizarre Landscape Arch in nearby Arches
National Park. It is the longest in length of all known
free-standing arches. Amazingly, it is only six feet thick at its
narrowest point. That means the erosion process is almost complete,
and one day soon (tomorrow or 10,000 years!) the arch will collapse.
Also, note the smaller arch (or window) high in the rock wall at the far right.
An example of Anasazi pictographs from nearby Grand Gulch.
The gulch is highly rich in Anasazi cliff dwelling ruins and
rock art. A backpacking favorite, it is a sedate redrock canyon with
a perennial stream and generally easy walking. Here is an opportunity
to enjoy outstanding scenery and experience prehistorical artifacts in
a natural setting.
Location. Canyonlands is accessed from US-191, south of
Interstate-70. Grand Gulch is reached on Utah-95, west of Blanding, Utah.
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Canyonlands National Park Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails
by David Day
Contains detailed descriptions of the jeep roads and hiking trails in Utah's largest national park, including instructions on how to find the park's indian ruins, cowboy cabins, and other points of interest. This book is profusely illustrated with 240 color and black & white photographs and 59 detailed trail maps. It also contains a primer on the park's geology.
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Best Easy Day Hikes Canyonlands and Arches
by Bill Schneider
Fully updated and revised, this edition includes trail descriptions and maps of the author's favorite short hikes in the two parks. All hikes included in this little book, with one exception, do not have steep hills, are on well-defined, easy-to-follow trails, and take hikers into some of the most scenic sections of the park.
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Calf Creek I by Gerald Allen
Waterfalls in the desert. Gorgeous large format print.
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The Canyonlands region of southeastern Utah features Arches and Canyonlands
National Parks. This area of Canyon Country has its own unique look, featuring
many arches, windows, fins and other erosional oddities. This is due to the
soft Entrada sandstone which predominates here.
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Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are both accessed from highway US-191 in southeast Utah. The highway meets Interstate-70 north of Arches. Access from I-40 is by secondary roads. Leave the interstate at Flagstaff, Arizona, or Gallup, New Mexico, then head north.
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