PHX to Raleigh - Part 4: Southeastern Utah, May 11th

July 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I woke up when the torrential rain ended around 5 am and packed up my very wet campsite.  I hit the road early with the plan to visit both the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park by the end of the day.  The drive out of the Needles District was beautiful as the rising sun tried to burn off the remaining clouds.

The rain crept in again as I arrived at the Island of the Sky District.  The increase in elevation meant that I was inside of the clouds instead of below them.  I couldn't see a thing for the first two hours I was up there, but I got a break in the visibility as I hiked in the rain out to Mesa Arch.

Next, I hiked along Grand View Point trail.

My last stop in Canyonlands National Park was the Green River Overlook.

By mid-afternoon, I worked my way over to Arches National Park.  The sun peaked out a bit when I was near Balanced Rock and the Fiery Furnace.

The storm from the night before washed out the road to Delicate Arch, so I visited the North & South Windows and Turret Arch area before heading to Grand Junction, Colorado for the night.

 


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