Grand View Point in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument is is on Rt 211 on the way to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. It features a rock panel carved with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs.
The road to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park is extremely beautiful. The color in the rock cliffs is nothing like I see in Columbus, Ohio. If you ever get a chance be sure to add this area to your must-visit list.
Route 211 winds its way through a beautiful stretch of Utah on the way to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Rock climbers love the surrounding cliffs.
The Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park. Make sure to walk the right of the overlook for really wonderful views of the valley floor.
Not too far from the Green River Overlook an ancient tree stands guard over Soda Springs Basin below. The vistas in Canyonlands National Park are awe inspiring.
Moab Arch has perhaps the most beautiful view of the valley floor. At dawn the underside of the arch is lit up by the reflected light off the surrounding rock.
The view through Moab Arch is stunning. After a short and easy half mile trek you arrive at the arch. Get there very early, hours before sunrise because the arch is very popular and there are very few good spots to photograph the sunrise from.
A rock formation in the Soda Springs Basin is bathed in early morning light. The valley floor exploded in color as the shadows recede. The sun is rising over my right shoulder.
Water erosion has left small basins in the sandstone. Just this small bit of erosion must have taken thousands of years because Canyonlands is desert land and gets very little rain.
An ancient tree, gnarled with age looks into Soda Springs Basin in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Soft early morning light shows off riotous color in the rock.
Later in the morning the golden hour is over and the sun's harsh light washes out the magnificent color in the rock. However, the stunning formations and interesting geologic features still hold ones interest.
In the distance you can see the powerful effects of the erosion caused by the Green River as it winds its way through Canyonlands National Park in Utah. I could sit here all day, but other wondrous sights are calling.