Friday, April 1, 2011

Canyonlands National Park

About five minutes from Moab, along Potash Road (Hwy 279—also known as the Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway), you can find sheer cliffs beloved by rock climbers. We watched a number of people climb for awhile, but I felt myself getting overly anxious for their safety so we moved on to view the petroglyphs in the part of the rocks walls off-limits to climbers because of the carvings.

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According to the historical marker, these petroglyphs are purportedly created between 600 A.D. and 1300 A.D. by Indians of the Southern San Rafael Fremont culture. Dinosaur footprints are also nearby; we skipped visiting those as we headed back to the hotel to rest before visiting Canyonlands National Park which is also near Moab.

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This photograph was taken at Grandview Point in Canyonlands National Park.

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Canyonlands National Park has two rivers: Colorado and Green River. In this picture, we are standing at Green River Overlook. The beauty and immensity of the landscape are amazing.

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The park’s Visitor Center is located at Island in the Sky. After getting the park’s stamp for my National Park Passport, I used their microscope to examine various plants, rocks, and bugs. I’m nosey like that.

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Because I’m somewhat weird, I decided to earn my Junior Ranger Badge (generally reserved for children). After getting permission from the rangers, I was issued a book of activities to pursue in the park. If you are over the age of11, you only have to complete 6 requirements. Forget that! I completed every single activity in the book. Ranger Mike Townsend signed my Junior Ranger Certificate and presented me with my badge.


Lorrie said...

Oh, I love the thought of you getting your Junior Ranger badge. What fun! I'll bet the ranger enjoyed it, too.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congratulations Ms. Junior Ranger :) You are adorable, June! It is so good to see your enthusiasm for the National Parks!

Thimbleanna said...

You're hysterical! I laughed out loud when I read about your Jr. Ranger. Congratulations!

Rick Szabo said...

I see you have a National Park Passport. You should check out, we are a group of travel & National Park enthusiasts who try to track down all of the National park stamps. Lots of fun & I love your photos.

Rick Szabo