I’m getting this post ready ahead of time to publish later, so I can try and actually meet my goal of finishing the trip photos before I take my next trip…
As promised in the last post, the next day I drove down to Needles Overlook. This isn’t actually in the Canyonlands Park itself; the Needles district is beautiful but mostly only accessible for back-country desert hiking or river rafting. Needles Overlook, which is on BLM land, gives you a chance to see the amazing landscape from a distance and a nice high vantage point. Unfortunately, zoom = pretty hazy here, but you can get an idea still.
It was also a good place for a couple people to launch their quadcopter, presumably getting some incredible footage of the National Park.
And, of course, I made another lizard friend. Because it’s me, and it’s a desert, and OBVIOUSLY. Handsome fellow, wasn’t he?
After that, I headed back down the dirt road to the highway, and towards the entrance of Canyonlands Needle District. On the way there, I stopped at extremely interesting Newspaper Rock Archaeological Site.
It was especially entertaining to listen to various silly-just-for-fun theories that the other tourists were coming up with as to what the different petroglyphs meant.
After that, I finally headed into Needles District proper. There’s just little bit that you can get to via paved road, so it was a quick trip as I didn’t feel like hiking in the hot desert of lower elevation (big surprise, I’m sure, to those who are familiar with my utter dislike of getting overheated). But there were a lot of pull-out points where I could hop out of the car and take a ridiculous amount of photos… which, since selecting photos to post is the longest hardest part of this process and therefore in the name of being productive and expedient means I’m going to post ALL of them, I’ll be posting as a separate entry on the blog.
Until next time!