Home - 2019 - Utah trip - Day 7 - Canyonlands and Arches

Photographer: Josh Eckels

Inside Canyonlands National Park

Approaching Mesa Arch

The Colorado River is somewhere down there

Mesa Arch

Soaking up the view

Liking the setting

La Sal Mountains in the background

Mesa Arch

Canyonlands, indeed

So many tiers

Mesa Arch panorama

Peeking under the arch

Hooray for national parks

Happy camper

Another happy camper

Just above the cliff

Looking like Monument Valley

Sweeping views

The other end of the view

Up at Mesa Arch

Up in the Island in the Sky

Setting out on the Syncline Trail

Starting the loop, ready for the difficulty

Peering down into the canyon

One of our many little friends


The bloom is underway

Threading through the cairns

Opening up the stalk

Looking sleepy

Down at the bottom

Another little buddy

Purple sprinkles

Strikingly pointy

Nice and sunny

Superbloom, perhaps?

Fully opened cactus blooms

At the spur junction

Second half of the loop

Approaching the boulder field

Soaking our feet at lunchtime

Regaining some elevation

Time to scramble

Up in the boulders

In the full sun

Clear of the boulders, trudging up

Bio crust on the soil

Upheaval Dome

Lots of salt

Back to the trailhead

Shafer overlook

The low road

Inside Arches National Park

North Window

Kindy lumpy formations

Turret Arch

Getting under the window

Looking back at the parking lot

Another dead tree

Still nice and clear skies

South Window silhouette

Both North and South Windows

Sun starting to get low

Delicate Arch!

Part of the gathered sunset crowd

Glowing orange sunset

Delicate Arch getting some of the last direct sunlight

Stretching shadows

Wider view

Part of the bowl in front of the arch

It's a sunset party

Twilight at its finest

Hogging the arch

Looking west

Bye bye sun

Last of the sunset

Happy that we've got less company

Delicate Arch after dark


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