Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

We spent the day on Sunday in Canyonlands National Park.  What a surprise this park was for us!  None of us had ever been, and Justin and I kept remarking that if we hadn’t known better, and hadn’t just been, we could have easily been convinced that this was the Grand Canyon.

Our day began early, departing our RV park, the Moab Valley Camping and RV Park, and we headed to the Visitor Center first thing.  Our first stop was Mesa Arch, and the kids were TROOPERS, hiking the entire way without complaint.  The arch was gorgeous, and the views of the canyons below impeccable.

Following our hike to Mesa Arch, we headed to the Grand View Overlook Hike, which we were a bit apprehensive about due to some reviews about the heights.  After assessing the route, we decided to go for it after a safety talk with the kids.  Our kids aren’t crazy wild on the trails, so we knew we would be fine on the route.  What a gorgeous hike!  Start to finish, this hike was amazing, with views of the Canyons, and the Colorado and Green Rivers, on both sides.  The kids scrambled up some rocks, and we had a picnic lunch with the most amazing view that I think we’ve ever dined alongside.  

After we finished the hike, we stopped at Schafer Overlook, and only Justin and I got out to take in the views.  AMAZING!

We continued on our way, and stopped finally at Dead Horse State Park, which we had read about prior to our trip.  From the overlook at the end of our journey, we enjoyed the best view of Canyonlands of the entire day. As always, photos just don’t do these views justice, but they took our breath away.

We returned to our RV Park just before dinnertime, and decided upon a swim (the pool and hot tub there were so much fun for all of us both nights!), and ordered pizza by the pool.  Such a great night together, and an, albeit brief, respite from CRUSHING on the trails this past week.


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