The Needles and Mushroom Cap Formations of Canyonlands National Park South

September 24. 

Yesterday we did the Canyonlands National Park North, today we entered the park via the south entrance.

I noted ‘photo ref’ on this sketch of the rock formations on the way to Canyonlands. But I can’t find that photo and may have deleted it – it appears that this day very few of my photos turned out. Sketch on the way to Canyonlands National ParkThat’s because, even though it was two days after our tortuous 12-mile hike in Arches, I was still exhausted both mentally and physically. Entrance to Canyonlands National Park, UtahI made very few notes on my map (bottom of post); at the Canyon Overlook, I simply wrote, ‘Too much information to process’ .Rock formations in an area called 'The Needles', accessed from the south entrance to Canyonlands National Park in Utah, USARock formations in an area called 'The Needles', accessed from the south entrance to Canyonlands National Park in Utah, USAAnother note, ‘white sandstone is harder than red, resulting in mushroom cap formations.’
Mushroom Cap Rock Formations in Rock Textures in Canyonlands National Park, UtahDetails of mushroom cap rock formation.
Detail of Mushroom Cap Rock Formations in Canyonlands National Park, UtahOne thing I do when I feel I’m unable to go any further is to sit down, pull out my sketch book and refuse to move. Hmmm, seem to have a number of sketches of this place.Canyonlands National Park in Utah: watercolour sketch of mushroom cap sandstone formationsMushroom Cap Rock Formations in Rock Textures in Canyonlands National Park, UtahMushroom Cap Rock Formations in Rock Textures in Canyonlands National Park, UtahIt appears that I can still sketch even when brain dead and exhausted – it’s kind of meditative. Here’s some sage and rocks.Canyonlands National Park in Utah: watercolour sketch of rocks and sageMy notes on the map of Canyonlands for that day – I see a sketch of ‘The Needles’ but can’t find a single photo of them, sorry.

Canyonlands South Entrance Map

Canyonlands South Entrance Map

On September 24 we stopped in at the south part of Canyonlands on our way down to Mesa Verde in Colorado. Our next stop was at Newspaper Rock, a collection of petroglyphs (the bottom right of the map above).

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