Travelogue: Canyonlands National Park, Utah (Sept 2016)

When I told people I was going to travel to Utah for my birthday week, most reactions were “Why? Of all places?”

Other than checking off my bucket list for hiking and road tripping across 5 National Parks, what I really wanted to do was to start my day with the sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands.

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The weather forecast was not looking good. We experienced torrential downpour for an hour up until we got into the actual park. After we got in, it was fine!

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The “hike” to Mesa Arch was easy, 15 minutes and you’re here. Along with fifty other photographers.

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Utah 2016

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I love sunrises. You start the day from darkness to light, and then you have a whole day ahead of you.

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Utah 2016

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After seeing the sunrise, we went to hike other trails at the park. There were many easy hikes.

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Some crater.

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Island in the Sky.

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We then took an impromptu side trip to Dead Horse Point State Park (entrance fee: $10).

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Colorado River. This view was the main attraction of the park. We spent around an hour and a half there.

On the way to dinner, we saw a rainbow.

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We ate at The Blu Pig. Southern barbecue!

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Then Moab Brewery.

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We stayed in a campground in Moab for the night, since it’s right in between Canyonlands and Arches (for the next post)!

Campsite info:
Archview RV Resort & Campground
U.S. 191 Moab, Utah 84532
435-259-7854

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