May 15, day 14– Still on our side trip from the main route, we traveled to Canyonlands National Park. While only about 30 miles away from Arches NP its scenery is a world of difference. Where Arches is fluid, Canyonlands is rugged and spacious with many canyon areas carved by water. We traveled and hiked in only one of the park’s three main zones, Island in the Sky. The other two park zones are mainly accessed by off-road vehicles and challenging hikes. One of these areas known as “The Maze” is so remote that part of its lure is its past association as a hideout for outlaws such as Butch Cassidy.
Our hiking did bring us to another wind formed arch called Mesa Arch. It frames a wide vista of a canyon area at a steep dropoff.