Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley

2. Oktober 2015 - gesus - Lesezeit: 4 min.

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We leave behind Arches National Park and have a short visit at Canyonlands National Park. The drive takes only about an hour from Moab, UT and the landscape completely changes. Our campground is much higher and the temperature at night is pleasantly cool in comparison to our last stay.

We explore the park by driving the scenic view. And plan to go on a hike on the next day before we have to leave heading to Monument Valley.


One of the most impressing spots is Buck Canyon Overlook. The next photos are from here. A perfect place to rest and take a look into the width of the nature. I remember a very relaxing stay here.



Unfortunately we have not enough time to hike a lot, so we only have a short one at upheaval dome (which is an impact structure of a meteorite) and afterwards we leave heading to Monument Valley.

Upheaval Dome

Monument Valley is not a National Park. It is a region of the Colorado Plateau located on the Arizona-Utah state line approximately 3 hours away from Moab, UT. The region is within the Navajo Nation Reservation and everybody might know it by old Western movies. But also modern movies use the breathtaking landscape with its sandstone buttes as their backdrop.


Officially it is not allowed to drive down the unpaved road with an RV or a trailer, but you are free to do it “on your own risk”. Well, due to the fact that dark clouds raised and there was a flash flood warning we decided to stay at the museum. I don’t want to get stuck down there when a flash flood happens.

Heavy rain hits us on the road when we just leave “Forrest Gump Point” – the spot where Forrest Gump stopped running in the famous movie by Winston Groom. Loads and loads of water come down and it is very hard to drive. The heavy rain continues until we reach our next stop, Page in Arizona.