Trip to Blanding & Canyonlands, Needles District N.P., Sept. 12-15

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Church Rock

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Newspaper Rock

 

 

Three nights in Blanding.  First night – steakhouse waitress – name Camri, like Toyota Camry.  She was so nice that her parents should have named her Mercedes

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Newspaper Rock

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Newspaper Rock

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Newspaper Rock, along road to Needles District, Canyonlands

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Newspaper Rock

BMW.

Small town gas station overkill; propane, 2 kinds of diesel, regular + off road.  Question: how do you get your offroad diesel if you have to drive on the highway to get it?  Oh, and 3 grades of gasoline.  Too many product decisions.

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Canyonlands park entrance view

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road to Needles District, Canyonlands

Visit to Canyonlands southeast Needles section very isolated but with beautiful vistas of monuments, spiked ridges, long open river valleys with 500 foot cliffs on both sides.  Very under developed with only the visitor center where you could only get water.  No food or camping equipment.  Good but primitive campsites throughout.  Several trails to choose from.  Some very short ones.  Several overlooks you can drive to.  One small general store located just outside the park, the Needles Outpost, provided food, water, gas, showers, some R.V. campsites, trinkets, etc.

Alcohol – eastern Utah is dry – Bluff, Blanding, Monticello; no booze.  We were told alco

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road to Needles District, Canyonlands

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Canyonlands Needles District horizon

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View from park entrance

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clouds in Canyonlands

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Wooden Shoe Arch

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rock outcropping in Canyonlands

hol was a problem with the mostly Indian population there.

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