Canyonlands National Park
My trip to Moab started in Denver as my friend Joe and I slowly made our way west. We camped in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and car camped in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Once arriving in Moab we went first to Arches National Park and then we drove over to Canyonlands National Park where we car camped in the Mesa Arch parking lot with our friends Megan and Jake.
The Mesa Arch
As we waited for sunrise Jake and I walked over to the arch to take milky-way photos. We didn’t have any idea how different the arch would be in the daylight, but in the morning we were extremely surprised at the drop we walked right next to in the dark and had no idea. The next morning when I thought by waking up early I was avoiding the crowds, I did the short hike over to the Mesa Arch for sunrise only to find a huge crowd of people in every spot around the view through the arch. There was anyone from people with iPhones to photographers with massive tripods, but I was lucky enough to walk right up to an older lady who kindly made room for me so I could join the mess of people all trying for the same photo. Many of the photographers that had their tripods set up were taking up way too much space which was ridiculously rude in my opinion. It’s not like we were shooting a waterfall or something that required the stabilization. All of my photos were handheld and came out better than I expected. A part of me really wanted to know how much better their photo could have been sitting on a tripod, but I never asked. The crowds aside, watching sunrise from the Mesa Arch is also a must do, and even if you don't get the space for a photo through the arch watching first light shine on the canyon floor is something so beautiful I just can’t put into words.
I didn't really have a lot of expectations for Canyonlands other than the Mesa Arch because what I really came to Moab for was Arches. In the future I want to come back to Canyonlands to backpack through The Maze as it has always been a bucket list item of mine. After sunrise we ended up spending most of the day in the park driving around to a few other lookout points, and sitting on the rim of the canyon for a few hours laughing, throwing rocks, and having a good time. We stayed until we were hungry and our Utah friends had a much better idea for sunset just down the road!
This post will be updated as I make future visits hopefully in the near future to The Maze.
Being in the desert always remember to pack plenty of water and sunscreen especially when visiting midday in the summer. However, the most important thing I can stress is to be extremely cautious around the canyon rim. It’s all too often people make a little mistake that costs them their life. if you are taking pictures along the edge never walk right alongside of the cliff and scoot toward the cliff sitting down if you do want a photo on the edge. I always take extreme caution when shooting photography in a places like this, and I want everyone to have a safe visit as well. All being said, this blog is for information purposes only and I ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INJURY, LOST INDIVIDUALS, OR LEGAL TROUBLE ENCOUNTERED WHILE FOLLOWING THE INFORMATION POSTED HERE.