这个公园被河流分成了3部分，我们只到了islands in the sky。mesa arch是这里最有名的景点，是windows 7的桌面之一。据说清晨摄影最好。但为了避开中午的酷暑，我们把这里基本不用走路的公园安排在中午，早晚去拱门玩了。
since visiting more than one district in a day isn't practical for most canyonlands visitors, itineraries are listed for the island in the sky and needles districts separately.
island in the sky
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1 hour: drive to grand view point and enjoy a broad view of the entire park. if time permits, visit buck or shafer canyon overlooks along the way.
2 hours: visit grand view point and green river overlook, and hike the 0.5 mile loop nature trail to mesa arch.
half a day: visit all of the above and enjoy many of the other short, mesa top nature trails to features like whale rock or upheaval dome. attend a ranger-led program. visitors with four-wheel-drive may consider returning to moab via the shafer trail and potash roads.
full day: hike several of the mesa top trails or one of the long, strenuous trails like syncline or murphy loops. with four-wheel-drive, explore the white rim road as far as musselman arch or travel to the colorado river via lathrop.
many days: use the willow flat campground as a base camp and explore the district on foot or in a vehicle. backpack into taylor canyon for a night, or to the colorado river via lathrop canyon, or consider a multi-day, four-wheel-drive or mountain bike trip along the white rim road (permit required).
canyonlands national park
green river overlook, canyonlands national park. photograph: mark c stevens/getty images/flickr rf
the south-west desert is known for out-of-this-world landscapes – some places look like the moon, others like mars – but utah's canyonlands is an otherworldly place like no other. here countless canyons, buttes and mesas are carved into a topography so intricate that you find yourself wandering through places with names such as the maze, the needles and island in the sky.
canyonlands is utah's largest park. you could spend a lifetime exploring the land between the colorado and the green rivers and still not reach all the way into the park's red depths. tour companies based in moab offer jeep tours, hiking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, base jumping, skydiving, hang gliding, extreme rope swings ... you name it, canyonlands has it.
no matter what kind of adventure you tackle, be sure to stay overnight and catch sunset, the stars and sunrise over the vast maze of red rocks. the park has two developed campgrounds and free dispersed camping can be found nearby. for hotels and hostels, stay in moab or blanding.
top tip visit a geologic mystery at upheaval dome. this massive, almost perfectly round rock formation is either an impact crater from a meteor or an uplifted, eroded salt dome. either way, it's a fantastic place for a hike in the island in the sky district of canyonlands.