Walking back along the Chesler Park trail to the trailhead and parking area, we see these views under a midday sun.
Here we see large rocks in the foreground with rock spires in the distance.
More “iconic” type views in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park in Utah.
The sedimentary rock layers are clearly seen in the various colors of the rock.
A scene along the trail.
More distant rocks. Under the midday sun, the colors of sky and rock do not appear as crisp as these do in the morning with a lower sun.
As noted in a prior post, cairns mark or indicate the path when it goes over slickrock shelves.
Closer to one of the rock formations now.
Further along the trail. we come to this rocky area.
A few more feet further and we get this image.
Lucy walks on ahead as I lag behind to take pictures. Even though we did encounter a number of other hikers this day, for the most part it seemed as if we had the whole place to ourselves. A wide open land under a big sky.
Closer now to the formations we captured earlier on our way out along the trail. Now we see these with the sun almost directly overhead.
A view in a different direction on the trail shows us large rock or boulder knobs.
We can now see the rock layers even more clearly.
The “trail”, such as it is, crosses over this rock shelf just below these formations.
Another image taken a moment later.
Walking among the rocks and enjoying the scenery.
The trail is now sandy as it winds among the rocks.
An opportunity for pausing in the shade for a drink of water.
An impressive rock formation here.
A large rock “growing” or “mushrooming” out of the ground.
A view up from below one of the rock shelves.
A picture featuring a park visitor.
As we continue back along the trail, we walk near to some of the small canyons or gorges with various rock towers.
Note in this next image the natural (eroded) texture of the rock surface.
Surreal or fantastic shapes and textures in these rocks.
We are now just above the parking area at Elephant Hill.
At the park’s visitor center, there are models of the types of rock formations found in the park.
Along the 35 mile drive (Utah 211) from the park entrance back to the highway, US 191, there are cattle grazing.
Cattle walking slowly just beyond the pavement’s edge. Drive with caution.
This large outcropping – that can be seen for a few miles – is the point where Utah 211 meets US 191.
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