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Canyonlands National Park is broken into 3 main area. As the Green and Colorado Rivers separate each area, there are no roads that directly link each section. It is 2-6 hours of driving to access other areas. We chose to visit “Islands in the Sky”.

If you have been following our blog, you have seen how spectacular Utah is from an Interstate Highway. Now lets imagine what a National Park in Utah actually looks like… well good news for you, we have photos to share. As we eluded to in the previous post, the weather is a main character in this post. We were initially dismayed at the dark clouds moving in, but the result was spectacular. We want more rain!!!

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Throughout this entire post, pay special attention to the sky, and the clouds. These photos were all taken in the same day, in an approximately 15 mile radius.

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We went for a hike up "Whale Rock"

We went for a hike up “Whale Rock”

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Rain from the previous night

leftover rain from the previous night

A different kind of Infinity Pool. Yeah I thought about going for a dip for a few minutes.

A different kind of Infinity Pool. Yeah I thought about going for a dip for a few minutes.

The views are this big

The views are this big

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Tree roots that look like braided rope.  or line for you sailors.

Tree roots that look like braided rope. or line for you sailors.

Our big wild life sighting!

Our big wild life sighting!

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I do believe a storm is coming

I do believe a storm is coming

Raining over 'yonder

Raining over ‘yonder

Canyonlands is a 4x4 mecca. Can you see the Jeep?

Canyonlands is a 4×4 mecca. Can you see the Jeep?

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We snapped this photo and had to run back to the car as the skies opened.

Its not Snow! Its Hail, lots and lots of it.

Its not Snow! Its Hail, lots and lots of it.

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By this point we have seen torrential rain, thunder and lighting. Why is this really a big deal, because we are in a Desert. There is no Water (other than actual River’s) anywhere. The ground is unable to absorb any water, so when water falls from the sky it causes flash floods. People are killed every year in Flash Floods, it is a big deal. Whenever it rains in the Desert, you want to be on high ground, away from any washes.

Wash: a river that only flows when it rains, to drain the rain water.

We passed all of the following areas on our way into the park, and I promise to you there was no water to be seen anywhere. This is all rain water.

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As we were standing taking this photo, a lady from Colorado who has visited these parts 15 times stopped to talk to us. In 15 visits she has never seen flash flooding. It is fairly rare, and you have to be in the right place when it decides to rain.

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Note the two waterfalls in this shot.  These were not here 30 minutes ago

Note the two waterfalls in this shot. These were not here 30 minutes ago

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New River

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This waterfall will disappear just as fast as it appeared. Probably has 20-30 minutes left.

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Canyonlands was amazing, Arches National Park Tomorrow!

 

…many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.
I remember a man in Salinas who in his middle years traveled to Honolulu and back,
and that journey continued for the rest of his life. We could watch him in his rocking chair on his front porch, his eyes squinted, half-closed, endlessly traveling to Honolulu.
― John Steinbeck