more Canyonlands views

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.

 

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More “iconic” type views in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

 

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The sedimentary rock layers are clearly seen in the various colors of the rock.

 

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A scene along the trail.

 

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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.

 

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Another scene.

 

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As noted in a prior post, cairns mark or indicate the path when it goes over slickrock shelves.

 

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Closer to one of the rock formations now.

 

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Further along the trail. we come to this rocky area.

 

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A few more feet further and we get this image.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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A view in a different direction on the trail shows us large rock or boulder knobs.

 

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We can now see the rock layers even more clearly.

 

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The “trail”, such as it is, crosses over this rock shelf just below these formations.

 

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Another image taken a moment later.

 

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Walking among the rocks and enjoying the scenery.

 

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Multicolored rocks.

 

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The trail is now sandy as it winds among the rocks.

 

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An opportunity for pausing in the shade for a drink of water.

 

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An impressive rock formation here.

 

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A large rock “growing” or “mushrooming” out of the ground.

 

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A view up from below one of the rock shelves.

 

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A picture featuring a park visitor.

 

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As we continue back along the trail, we walk near to some of the small canyons or gorges with various rock towers.

 

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Note in this next image the natural (eroded) texture of the rock surface.

 

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Surreal or fantastic shapes and textures in these rocks.

 

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We are now just above the parking area at Elephant Hill.

 

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At the park’s visitor center, there are models of the types of rock formations found in the park.

 

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Spires.

 

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Gloved fingers?

 

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Along the 35 mile drive (Utah 211) from the park entrance back to the highway, US 191, there are cattle grazing.

 

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Cattle walking slowly just beyond the pavement’s edge.  Drive with caution.

 

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This large outcropping – that can be seen for a few miles – is the point where Utah 211 meets US 191.

 

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