Favorite Moments of 2016 -Canyonlands – Dead Horse Point and Mesa Arch

Worked hard to wake up to get there at sunrise, then we kind of got lost a bit due to lack of directional information on the road. And you cannot rely on GPS either.

We got lost and arrived at sunrise at Dead Horse Point instead of Mesa Arch. Well, I said: at least I’ll have some picture of sunrise here, until my husband will go ask for directions. And this was the result:

Sunrise at Dead Horse Point

Sunrise at Dead Horse Point

We still arrived at Mesa Arch, just in time to see the sunlight reflected onto the underside of the arch which was positively glowing red.

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands, Utah, USA.

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands, Utah, USA.

On the way back we stopped again at Dead Horse Point for a more relaxed photo shoot. The view shows another interesting meander of Colorado River. The point is towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River and provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands ‘sculptured pinnacles and buttes’.  This is arid desert environment – the park receives less than 10 inches of rain a year.

Colorado River Meander viewed from Dead Horse Point.

Colorado River Meander viewed from Dead Horse Point.

As we were wondering around my husband found there a tree that looks pretty much like a bonsai, but of course real life size.  He always finds ‘bonsai’ everywhere he travels! It is a gift!

Bonsai looking like juniper tree

Bonsai looking like juniper tree

 

You can see more high-resolution pictures of these amazing places in my Photo Gallery!