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Friday, August 5, 2011

August 05

Canyonlands National Park
The other big National Park in the Moab area is the Canyonlands National Park. In order to get there we took Hwy 191 north to the turn-off of Hwy 313 which turns into Country Road 142.  This National Park offers views down into various canyons rather than leading the visitor to the bottoms of the canyons. Spectacular views from many different places show how the land has been eroded by water and wind. Here are our pictures:

Canyonlands preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park 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 and offers different opportunities for exploration.
NPS PHOTO BY NEAL HERBERT   Fall colors in Horseshoe Canyon
Horseshoe Canyon contains some of the most significant rock art in North America. The Great Gallery, the best known panel in Horseshoe Canyon, includes well-preserved, life-sized figures with intricate designs. Other impressive sights include spring wildflowers, sheer sandstone walls and mature cottonwood groves along the intermittent stream in the canyon bottom. Horseshoe Canyon was added to Canyonlands in 1971.

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