Canyonlands – No one can hear you scream

Septembre 1st., Labor Day. We start the day with a breakfast made by our AirBnb host, Larry. We chat about what to see and do today. We leave the house around 9am, we have 40 miles to reach Dead Horse Point: an incredible overlook on top of the mesa, with a view on the canyons of Canyonlands National Park. Breathtaking.

Dead Horse Point State Park Utah
Dead Horse State Point and the Colorado River
En route pour Canyonlands National Park Utah
En route to Canyonlands!
Panneau d'entrée à Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Island in the sky

We stop first at the visitor center, I buy a few postcards, we ask a ranger what to do. There’s a tiny exhibit about wild animals. Scorpios fascinate me. We are in the northern part of the park, called Island in the Sky: there’s just one road that goes on top of the mesa. It’s a different feeling that at the Grand Canyon, it’s less massive and compact, probably wilder. The same river made this landscape: the Colorado River. I’m surprised to learn that some parts of the park are still uncharted. We walk a bit, the heat is killing me, though usually I like it.

Canyonlands National Park Utah - Upheaval Dome
Upheaval Dome: a huge crater.
Canyonlands National Park Utah
It seems that the pic was taken from a plane but nope, we took it from a cliff.
There’s a canyon within a canyon and that gives a feeling of great depths.
Canyonlands National Park Utah
Each overlook offers a little something more
Canyonlands National Park Utah
The road to nowhere
Canyonlands National Park Utah Mesa Arch
Mesa Arch
Check the dots: those are SUV

Mineral Road

Manu sees on the map a road where 2-wheels car can go. Great. We drive on the mesa for a while, and then the unpaved dusty road falls down a canyon, with many switchbacks. I am scared but I trust Manu… I don’t trust the uneven road and the big rocks on the side. Manu stays focused. We arrive at the bottom of the canyon. There’s only silence. We have 2 options: drive in the middle of the canyon – though the road is really dirty – or go closer to the river. There’s no way we are gonna drive in another canyon. It seems that Manu already forgot the Death Road we just took! So… we head back, very slowly, very carefully. Fortunately we don’t see any other car going down.

I checked online if Mineral Road was really open for cars like ours: not really, it’s supposed to be one of the most dangerous roads in the US!

Canyonlands National Park Mineral Road
From the top of Mineral Road, it looks fine…
Canyonlands National Park Utah - la voiture au fond du canyon
All right, we made it to the bottom.
Canyonlands National Park Utah - Green River
 Green River
Canyonlands National Park Utah - au fond du canyon

Canyonlands was awesome: huge, red wild lands, silence, heat. We didn’t stay long, there’s so much to see in the 2 other parts of the park: The Needles and The Maze. I would like to go back for a week, hike and camp. It seems like it’s an heaven for nature and loneliness.



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