Day One - Out Toward Utah
Trip Start Jun 26, 2010
3Trip End Jun 28, 2010
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From there it was west on 160 toward Mesa Verde. From Cortez it was the 491 north to Monticello, Utah, and from there 191 North a few miles to the intersection of the 211 west, at which point there is a sign inviting you into Canyonlands National Park, so I decided then and there to take it. I had thought I'd shoot for Moab, UT this first day, but that was just an idea with a direction attached to it. In terms of miles, it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.
Off onto the 211 and toward Canyonlands, about 35 miles in
I landed at Campground A in the Needles District of Canyonlands, a more remote and somewhat less visited section of the Park, so there were actually spots to choose from. Plus, it was a very hot time of the year, and so maybe not the "best" time to be there. Nevertheless there were others there, and there was even a Ranger Program in the evening to attend at the very dramatically placed amphitheater, which provided a good photo op of the valley and the striking rock formations off in the distance at sunset, with the rocks turning red in the sun's waning light.
The subject of the ranger talk was about the 1000 year tenure of the Pueblo (no longer officially called "Anasazi" for reasons having to do with the meaning of the word in Navajo, which turns out to be offensive to the other Pueblo peoples) culture in the very large Four Corners region of the Southwest
Slept under the sky, and under a wonderful, big, spreading, very old (maybe as old as 500 years according to this same ranger) Juniper in campsite #9. Up early, as seems to be my habit when out riding and camping, and off to Moab on day two.