The Hidden Secrets of Canyonlands National Park

 

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Most visitors perceive Canyonlands National Park as a barren land located at the southwestern side of Moab, Utah. However, what most visitors don’t know is that the canyons and plateaus seen in Canyonlands National Park are made by the power of the Colorado and Green River.

Due to the presence of these two rivers, Canyonlands National Park is considered to be one of the most difficult white water rapids in the world. This is further enhanced by the fact that there are some places of the park that are only reached by going straight down from the top of the mesa. Another way to reach some segments of Canyonlands National Park is through the Island in the Sky district by using a scenic route.

Camping and Water Sources

Some of the more popular photogenic spots during the drive are the Mesa Arch, the Upheaval Dome, Grand View Point, and Green River Overlook. Campers planning to enjoy the beauty of the Canyonlands National Park can stay at the Willow Flat Campground, which has 12 camp sites and vault toilets. The problem with this campground is that the camper has to bring along not only firewood but also potable water since there is no water source.

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Biking and 4×4 Adventures

Canyonlands National Park is also a good recreational area for those planning a more adventurous trip such as mountain biking and four-wheel driving. The White Rim Trail route is the most popular path for these adventurous seekers since it is only 100 miles long. However, the main requirement for these adventure seekers is that they will need to bring along potable water since there are no water sources along the route.

Hiking Trails

The Canyonlands National Park is perfect for various types of hikers, which include day trippers to experienced multi-day trekkers. Some of the more popular trails are Squaw Canyon Loop, Chesler Park Loops, Cave Spring, Aztec Butte Trail, and Elephant Canyon to Druid Arch. One of the most spectacular trails recommended for experienced hikers in Canyonlands National Park is the Squaw Canyon Loop Trail since it goes from one canyon to another. The problem with this trail is that most hikers will need to climb the slickrock ridge, which is perceived to be the more dangerous section of the trail since it passes through exposed drop-offs. The total length of the trail is 7.5 miles from end to end and has a reliable water source, which is the Big Spring. Taking potable water along is considered to be a good suggestion since most of the trail are over barren slickrock.

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