2024 Canyonlands National Park

While still in Moab, Utah (May 2 to May 8, 2024), we did another off-road trail in a county park. The trail is called Fins and Things. It’s pretty famous in the Moab area for testing 4x4 skills for which it stood up to its reputation.

Since we still had the afternoon after the ride, we headed south so I could get a picture of Wilson Arch. I saw it on our way into Moab, but I wasn’t able to get a picture. I’m glad we went back because it’s another remarkable arch.

Since it was still early, we decided to head out to Canyonlands National Park. This trip we only had the time to go to the southern section of the park. The northern and more popular section of the park will have to wait for another time.  On the way, we stopped at Newspaper Rock to see the petroglyphs. It’s believed that this was created by Pueblo Indians between 650 and 2000 years ago.

The ride into the park seemed to be a little more of the same with the towering formations, yet they were different from others we’ve seen.

Once in the park, Jeff found our way to another off-road trail called Colorado River Trail. The first half was only a sandy road. The second half was quite challenging with a few white-knuckle moments.

We took the scenic drive that took us to Elephant Hill (another Jeep Badge of Honor trail). After the two rides we had already accomplished, the energy level was a little low but... The view from this area was pretty unique and was worth the effort getting to..

As we were driving out of the park, I noticed the view looked quite different and more spectacular on the way out of the park than on the way in. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any pictures. It had been a long day, and I didn’t even think about trying to get any pictures. One thing I have learned is that most times the view seems to look different on the way into the park than on the way out because you get to see it from a different perspective.

The next day and our last day in Moab, we took a short off-road ride/short hike to see Faux Falls. How many times can you say that you saw a waterfall in the desert?