The gigantic Canyondlands National Park has 3 sections: Island in the Sky, the Needles and the Maze. Island in the Sky, being closest to Moab, is the most accessible. Short on time and long on ambition, I took 1/2 day to explore Island in the Sky, and from the photos below, I hoped that I conveyed why this area is called “Island in the Sky”.
One more look at this mesmerizing view
Then unto Grand View Point where I took the 2 mile RT Rim trail hike.
The faint dirt road is the famous White Rim Road – more on that later.
The trail hug the rim of the mesa absorbing constant vista.
At its terminus, hikers are looking at the Green River side of the terrain.
Returning, one more look at Canyons containing Colorado River
Drizzles accompanied me in the last 1/2 mile.
This is near the start of White Rim trail, a 100 mile long dirt road that is a mecca for mountain bike, 4WD enthusiasts. It was originally expanded from a narrow dirt trail during Uranium mining boom.
I met a young couple from Belgium – photo on top of the page is the male half of the couple – who are travelling and rock climbing up and down West side of the US for 6 months.
A jeep in the distance