Canyonlands National Park is a short 40 minute drive from Arches National Park, but a lot of people who visit Arches don’t make it over to Canyonlands. It seems to often be overlooked Since we were wanting to hit all of the National Parks in Utah on the trip, and we were staying close by at Dead Horse Point State Park, we spent a couple of days in Canyonlands as well.
As with most of the parks on our trip so far, we didn’t feel like we had enough time in this park. Now that we have seen so many of the National Parks, we feel like the medium to large ones deserve at least 4 days to a week to explore! We had heard that this park was split into 3 sections: Island in the Sky, The Needles, and The Maze. We knew that we wouldn’t be seeing the Maze section on this trip because it is only accessible by a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and neither our RV nor our Civic qualify, and we hadn’t scheduled a tour. We weren’t aware, however, that the entrance to the Needles section is actually located quite a bit south of Moab, so on this trip, we only got to explore the Islands in the Sky area.
Our favorite trail that we went on in this park was the Mesa Arch Trail. This arch is very cool because there is a really nice view through the arch down into the canyon. It is an ideal place to watch a sunrise we hear, but since we don’t usually get up and get the kids out of the house that early, we took the pictures that we saw for it. This trail was short and sweet, and a great place to snag a picture.
We also enjoyed the Grandview Overlook where you can catch a nice view of the canyon below! This park reminded us a lot of the Grand Canyon, on a smaller scale, and nearby Dead Horse State Park had similar views to Canyonlands.
We hope to get to explore the other 2 sections of the National Park on a future trip! If you have been to Canyonlands, and have seen the Needles and Maze sections, what did we miss?!