The final park on our Utah National Parks roadtrip landed us at Islands in the Sky.
Although the weather started out rainy and cool, we waited it out and for the most part, had decent weather throughout the day. It allowed us to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of this park.
The photos below are of Mesa Arch. The arch is right on the edge of a 500-foot cliff, part of a 1,200-foot drop into Buck Canyon. There were a lot of people here, and it is a very short hike from the parking area. I had to be creative to snap the photos and avoid people. Although morning or evening light would have been magical, it was still beautiful in the partial mid-day sun.
Soda Springs Basin, seen from the Green River Overlook:
If you’d like an idea of what it would be like to ride and camp in the canyon, check out Donna’s post here @windkisses. She rode the White Rim Trial a few years back and I found her post fascinating after visiting the canyon myself and seeing the trails below.
Whale Rock was our next hike. Below you can see the rock, and people up at the top:
The view from the top was amazing! The feeling at the top of the round rock was a little unnerving. Make sure to wear good grippy shoes. But it was an easy hike. We did not climb to the top of the little hill on the top. Looked a little steep for us. 😁
Grand View Point (below) was spectacular. Elevation at the view point, 6,080 feet. Located at the southern most point on the scenic drive. The walk along the rim was one mile each way. Looking down into the canyon was breathtaking!
Below are a few photos of our walk:
The sign below explains that in the late 19th century animals used to graze in the canyons. In the 1950s roads were created in search of oil and uranium. Mining and grazing activities ceased with the creation of the national park. The desert plants are very slowly recovering from the disturbances to the land.
It’s hard to see, but there are little people walking along the edge below. This shows the heights of the cliffs along the canyon!
The rains came back at the end of our stay. It looks like snow, but it is the wet rocks shimmering in the sun below. It was very beautiful in person!
Sunset from our hotel room in Moab:
To view my posts from previous parks, click: Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capital Reef National Park, The Needles (Canyonland National Park), Arches National Park.
It’s never too late in life to have a genuine adventure.
~ Robert Kurson