Day 574 of Life on the Road as a Family, Canyonlands NP & Dead Horse State Park

IMG_2122Driving out to Canyonlands, we ran into a rainstorm that lasted for about 30 minutes.  We could see for miles and there was lightening right where we were going.  Not that we would turn around! What’s a little water when you’re exploring?

IMG_2132The famous view of Canyonlands!  It’s crazy to stand there. As far as you can see there are “canyons within canyons” as Dan says.  The colors were muted, but we could still see the layers and how the water has worn away the mountains.  It’s stunning.

IMG_2157Just heaven to hike with my family!!!

We hiked the mile out to Grand View Point, and once again, the write up on the hike was incorrect.  It was easily over a mile and the elevation gain was closer to 500 feet than the 50 feet they stated.  So strange that whoever does the write-up’s for all the tourists can’t get it right.  We run into that continually, so we end up not really believing anything we read about a hike.

IMG_2158That’s Nate, of course!  I’m so proud  – he sees a rock pile/mountain and he has to climb it.  Yes!

IMG_2161Our selfie at the very end of Grand View Point.  Dan says this is his favorite selfie of the trip, so I have to include it.  I got all of us in it, which is a miracle.  18 1/2 months of practice and I finally get a good picture!  We are all so happy to be exploring every day in new and interesting places, AND we’re getting closer to home…

IMG_2177Nate is checking out the view and raising my blood pressure at the same time.

IMG_2215After finishing with Canyonlands, we drove to Dead Horse State Park and paid the $10 to drive in.  Dan has seen this iconic picture for years and wanted to see it in person.  That’s the Colorado River behind us. The Green River is over to our west and joins with the Colorado further south of where we are.

The park got its name from an annual wild horse round up that the cowboys used to conduct, running the horses out to the end of this mesa, across a 30′ wide neck, and then they would close it off with brush and junipers to keep the horses there.  The cowboys would pick which horses they wanted, and then they left the others there to die without water, within sight of the river.  So sad and absolutely horrible.

We hiked around the point for an hour, and enjoyed the views from all the different sides.  The views of the river were better here than from Canyonlands, so we were pleased to have taken the trouble to come this far.

IMG_2226We ate Kevin after our picnic lunch!  It’s been in the trunk of the tow vehicle for at least a month; none of us can even remember buying them.  When Twinkies went off the market we were joking about it, and when they came back on the market, we thought we should try them. So funny. We haven’t bought them in years, but we remember them as bigger and having more filling, darn.  Still, Kevin was a fun addition to another perfect day on the road.  Back to the RV park to swim, nap, and eat another great dinner.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

About sallyljacobson

I live in paradise again, Bend Oregon, after a 19 month RV trip around North America with our 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. It was the adventure of a lifetime, and now I'm on to my next one - selling real estate to those lucky enough to move to Bend. The trip blog is and my current blog is Follow along, I'd love to be in touch with you!

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