Arches and Canyonlands

After breakfast at the Lodge we spent the morning hitting the parts of Arches that we didn’t get to yesterday afternoon, especially Delicate Arch, Sand Dune Arch and the Double Arches where I spent a lot of time taking photos and watching a pair or ravens cavorting on the peaks of nearby monoliths. Then we made the short drive to the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands.  This north region of the park has splendid vistas of the Colorado and Green Rivers some 2,000 feet below the canyon rim. The views are very different than those in the Grand Canyon because here the canyon is much wider and you can see for many miles.  The bewildering twisty path of the rivers is somehow mesmerizing and the bright sunshine and puffy clouds provided great light and shadows. The day ended with another stunning sunset viewed from the Red Cliffs Lodge dining room.

camera Here are some Arches National Park photos (23); and a set of the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands (18).

Canyonlands: Grand View viewpoint

Canyonlands: Grand View viewpoint

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