The park is easily accessible from Moab, being located just off US 491 about 4 or 5 miles north of town. The Visitor Center is visible from the highway, in fact. (See map)
After passing through the gate, the road weaves up the side of a canyon wall to reach the top of the rim.
|Visitor Center lower left. Road winds up the canyon side from lower left to upper right.|
|The rock formation on Donna's right with the three tops is called the Three Gossips. At her right elbow is Sheep Rock. To her left is Tower of Babel and The Organ.|
|There is awesome scenery everywhere in this park|
|Distant view of the area called The Windows Section. On extreme left is the Garden of Eden. Look carefully and you'll see 2 arches on right side of picture. These are The Windows.|
|The South Window|
|Indian Petroglyphs at Wolfe Ranch|
|The Fiery Furnace|
This is a busy park, as is Canyonlands. When we entered, two lanes were open for guests to enter, each about 4 or 5 vehicles deep when we were there about 9:00 AM. Throughout the park, there are numerous overlooks and other viewing areas. The first one we came to --the area called Park Avenue -- was full, so we were unable to stop. Parking at these sites is at a premium.
Toilets in the park are unisex pit toilets. At the Windows, there were only 2 toilets and each had a line of 5 or more people.
Tour buses are prevalent throughout the park. At places such as the Windows, Balanced Rock, and Delicate Arch, the trails were full. Bicyclists were pedaling the roads throughout the park. People are everywhere.
This park is truly a natural treasure. Short half-mile to 2 or 3 mile round-trip walks allow visitors to get up close to the numerous arches and other formations. Allow a full day to see everything. Bring plenty of water and pack a lunch as these are not readily available in the park. Wear comfortable walking shoes.