- Shafer Canyon Overlook – this overlooks the winding Shafer Trail. It’s a stunning view of the canyon and, of course, the La Sal Mountains act as the backdrop.
- Grand View Point Overlook – this is the reason why I give Canyonlands the word “vast.” It’s incredible and left me speechless.
- Mesa Arch – this one is a short hike (about 1 mile round trip). Make sure to wear your tennis shoes or shoes with good tread as there is some slip rock on this trail. The view from Mesa Arch is impressive. The arch is placed right on a drop off so you can see straight down into the canyon. The arch acts as a beautiful frame.
After a day of exploring Canyonlands, it was time to make the drive back to Vail (though, to be honest, we were tempted to just call off work for the next week and camp around).
What are your favorite national parks?