Rather belatedly, we now return to posting some more pictures from our visit to Canyonlands National Park (Utah) in May, 2016.
In this view from a distance, we can see the effects of the erosion on the landscape. This is a field trip for geology students to be sure. The Colorado Plateau was upthrust thousands of feet over the past several million years. The various rivers in the area worked to wear or cut away much of the rock as the canyon walls steadily rose over time above the level of the rivers.
This next shot gives some perspective. The cliffs at the overlook are high above the mesa below. The river has worn away the mesa to form deep canyons.
Another nearby view. You can walk right to the cliff’s edge. Caution must be exercised. The area is quite windswept, especially in the Spring time, with powerful gusts. Also, to be borne in mind for the visitor is the elevation. The air is thinner and thus some hikes may be strenuous for some people. As well, at over 5,000 feet (1,600 metres) in many areas, hikers in the park need to wear appropriate clothing and apply sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
Another view. In the far distance, we can see buttes and rock walls many miles away under clouds.
The Green River, that originates to the north in Wyoming, can be seen in this next photo as it lazily meanders towards its meeting (and joining) with the Colorado River some miles to the south. The confluence of the 2 rivers separates Canyonlands into its 3 sections. The Maze section, untamed and wild, accessible only by four-wheel drive jeep, lies to the southwest of the confluence. The Needles section, an area of multicolored sandstone and limestone pinnacles with good hiking trails, is to the southeast of the confluence of the rivers. The Island in the Sky section, an area with many overlooks easily accessible by passenger car on paved road and with hiking trails, is to the north of the meeting of the rivers.
A view of the rock walls that fall away to the mesa or plateau below the overlooks.
A human visitor to this enchanted and magical landscape.
In the parking area, we see evidence of bird life. The crows were rather feisty and bold, and would not move quickly out of the way of the car when we pulled away.
“Hey, what are you humans doing here? Don’t you know this is our territory?”
As time permits, we will get some more images up in the coming days.
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