Sunset, Stargazing and Scrambling at Canyonlands National Park

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Sunset, Stargazing and Scrambling at Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is one of the two national parks near the town of Moab, Utah. It’s a little further from town from Arches, and we found it less crowded and quieter.

Ben and I drove around the Island in the Sky area of the park and again did a mix of smaller hikes.

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Watch the Sunset

There are a ton of great areas in the park to watch the sun setting over the canyon.

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Mesa Arch

We started at Mesa Arch – not quite at sunrise, but we got an early start to our day and had lots of quiet time to explore and enjoy this popular, photogenic arch.

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Our favorite hike was Murphy Point, a three and a half mile hike somewhat off the beaten path. All the way at the end we found it totally empty and the views were spectacular.

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Follow the Cairns

The rangers put up stacks of rocks, called cairns, to help you find your way along some of the rocky trails. We definitely did a bit of scrambling on some of the trails.

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Stargazing

And don’t forget – half the park is after dark! Plan to do some stargazing. This would’ve been easier if we had been camping, but we did stay out one night to see the stars. We were so tired at that point I didn’t enjoy it like I expected I would, but it was worth it for a few minutes of gazing up at a million stars.

Interested in visiting the parks in Utah?

VisitUtah.com has  published several itinerary options for visiting Utah’s “Mighty 5” National Parks.

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See my pictures from:

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  • Arches 
  • Capitol Reef (coming soon!)
  • Bryce Canyon (coming soon!)

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