‘Tour 1’ Details

Sandstone formation on the road to the Needles District in the southeast corner of Canyonlands National Park

Wooden Shoe Arch

Wooden Shoe Arch, visible on the horizon, has been here for thousands of years. But the rock it’s made of is much older. During the Pennsylvanian age (300 million years ago) this area was inundated by an inland sea. As the water evaporated, it left behind a great salt basin into which many layers of […]

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Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument is a Utah state monument featuring a rock panel carved with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs. In Navajo, the rock is called “Tse’ Hone’” which translates to a rock that tells a story. The 200-square-foot (19 m2) rock is a part of the vertical Wingate sandstone cliffs […]

North and South Sixshooter Peaks (1)

Six Shooter Peaks

The Six Shooters are Wingate sandstone towers on sandstone alluvium slopes, also known as desert towers. These peaks are located just east of Canyonlands National Park in the famous Indian Creek crack climbing area. At elevations of 6,154 ft. and 6,374 ft., they offer some of the easiest climbing in Indian Creek. Their iconic name […]

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Abajo Mountains

The Abajo Mountains, also known as the Blue Mountains, are a small mountain range located west of Monticello and north of Blanding. Although “Abajo” means low in Spanish, the range peaks at 11,362 feet at Abajo Peak. Scenic drives lead through the pleasant mountain scenery, climbing out of the red rock desert and into the […]

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Anasazi Granary

The Anasazi Granary built in a sheltered alcove in the 260 million year old Cedar Mesa Sandstone is an example of ancient Anasazi storage facilities throughout this section of the park. These small cliff granaries were used to store surplus harvests (mostly corn /maize) for lean periods. It is fairly easily accessible on foot and […]