Canyonlands: The Southern Entrance



The morning of the third day in Moab we drove southward out of town,
some 75 miles to the southern entrance to Canyonlands National Park.
The road passes by Newspaper Rock, a dark outcrop that for centuries
served as a canvas for petroglyph artists.  A natural overhang protected
their work from the elements.

After entering the Park we went to the Elephant Hill parking lot,
from which a set of stone stairs rises up a narrow crevice at the
beginning of the trail heading south to Druid Arch.

Sorry, no pictures of Druid Arch, as we only made it about two-thirds of
the way there--partly because of the many distractions along the way.




A large collection of spires in the rock walls near Fisher Tower, east of Moab.


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Southern Arches
Northern Arches
South Canyonlands



The large and varied collection of petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock.




The quite scenic (and quiet) canyon containing the Elephant Hill parking lot.




Many large eroded "balanced" boulders like this were scattered along the trail.




One of the many attractive views from the trail, this one looking approximately eastward.




Our crew taking a break on an outcrop overlooking the Needles to the south, before some of us
turned around to head back to the parking lot.


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Northern Arches
South Canyonlands



A different view of the Needles.



      The pictures of this trip are divided into several sets:

      One: The Introductory home page for the Moab trip.

      Two: The first day's trek into the southern portion of Arches.

      Three: The second day's trek into the northern portion of Arches.

      This page: The final day, a venture into Canyonlands through the south entrance.


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