The Needles district of Canyonlands NP is a bit out of the way, but it was SO totally worth spending the day. We did a 15-mile run that was on par with the awesomeness of Chiricahua National Monument. It was that special. I highly recommend it as ultra running training!
On the way, we stopped at the local Newspaper Rock to see what was happening lately (your guess is as good as mine):
We did the short hiking trails along the roads in the park, including the trail to the cowboy camp of old:
Our favorite brand of coffee:
A couple of sights from the viewpoint at the end of the road:
What a sweetheart!
I really don't know what to call this:
Some interesting berries on a holly-looking shrub:
The start of our run (we went opposite directions so you won't see as much of our mugs this time):
Everywhere we go, we see different types of rock formations:
Don't bust the crust!
Neat trail toward Chesler Park:
Great views of red/white rocks everywhere we ran:
The start of the Joint trail - it's not easy to get to this trail unless you run/hike several miles or have 4WD. Well worth it!
One of the "Joints" between giant blocks of rocks:
The canyon heading up to Druid Arch:
Fence posts - they almost look like someone planted them:
Harvey sitting on a cairn in the desert, helping show the way home. Thanks Harvey!
Dumping dirt out of my shoes after an excellent day on the trail: