Fall 2016: Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park in Utah consists of three districts: The Maze, The Needles and Island In The Sky.  Well, there’s also the Horseshoe Canyon Unit.  The districts are isolated by two great rivers, the Green River and the Colorado River, making it impractical to go directly from one of the district to another.  The visitor must leave the park and drive for a few hours to get to another district.  This map will explain it all if you focus on the rivers (which form a large “Y”) and consider them to be uncrossable.  Oh well; no one ever said it would be easy.  Oh yes, the rivers constitute another district.  So how many districts are there really?  Beats me.

I began my journey by canoeing down the Green River.  Then I backpacked into The Maze.  After leaving the park temporarily, I visited The Needles and Island In The Sky.  All told, I spent two weeks in Canyonlands; there was much to see there.