We spent our last day in Moab touring Canyonlands National Park.  We got an early start expecting the same scorching weather and were pleasantly surprised with the cloud cover and cooler temps at higher elevation.

Canyonlands

Canyonlands was much less crowded than Arches.  It sits about 30 miles from Moab and is a huge park.  We covered the Island in the Sky section which is only a small section of the park.

Our first views at Grand View Point overlook were breathtaking.

Grand View

We followed a trail around the rim and each turn gave us impressive views.

Canyonlands

Grand View

It gave me butterflies to be so close to the edge!

Grand View

Green RiverOur next stop was the Green River overlook. You can see the river in the distance.

Upheaval Dome
This is Upheaval Dome. They’re not sure how it was formed – earth movement or meteor hit.

Flowers

Mesa Arch
Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch

Shafer Canyon
Shafer Canyon where jeeps and off road vehicles can take the spiraling road down. No thanks!

Edge on the edge
Edge on the edge

We got a leisurely start the next day for the trip to Denver. We didn’t want to arrive too early since Jen was working. As it turned out, we didn’t have to worry about arriving early. There was a big traffic mess on I70 where we only traveled about 5 miles in one hour. A truck full of grapes had overturned and made a mess on the highway.

We’re in Denver enjoying our visit with Jen and Bill. Sadly, Jackson is not with them any more. He was such a sweet dog and it’s hard to be here without him.

Jackson
I did a painting of Jackson – He was a sweetie

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