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Overlooked Canyons

Canyonlands National Park is often overlooked due to the popularity of several other popular parks in the American Southwest. The park has several great overlooks of the canyons that stretch for many miles. Canyonlands National Park is one of the largest in the state of Utah and is actually divided into two separate areas - The Needles section, and the Island in the Sky region which is depicted in the above photos.

The park gets far fewer visitors than nearby Arches National Park, but Canyonlands is a worthy stop if only to see Mesa Arch. This arch is one of the most photographed and is stunning when viewed at sunrise. Surprisingly, Mesa Arch is fairly small - only about 30 feet across, compared to the much larger Utah arches about 20 miles to the east. At sunrise, the morning light warms the inner wall of the Arch to a bright golden orange.

If time permits, there are several overlooks you will want to see, including Green River Overlook, Shafer Canyon Overlook, and Grand View Point. It is at Grand View Point where you can see canyons cut by both the Colorado and Green Rivers. Click here for a map of Canyonlands National Park.

Canyonlands National Park may not have the deepest canyons, but the colors and winding rivers give visitors plenty to gaze upon. And you won't fight the crowds like those at Grand Canyon National Park.


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