The only other place that I have seen that evokes a similar emotion is Bryce Canyon. They are both so different and so striking that they imprint themselves on your memory and imagination forever. I mean I can follow the road through the park in my mind and still see pretty much everything exactly where it is. That's how vivid the memory is. This was the second time I went and my son was with me this time. He was impressed with it, but he felt it paled beside Canyonlands, particularly when we took a flight over both parks (definitely do it over Canyonlands if you go). I think that each has virtues and both are worthy. If you come here, I recommend going at least twice. The first time I went was near the end of the day and the light is completely different than when I went this time earlier in the day. Since you can drive through the park and make stops in as little as 2 hours round trip, you can do it easily, if you stay in the area 2-3 days, which is the least you should allocate. Let me also recommend Dead Horse Point State Park. For decades the federal government tried to usurp this land from Utah to make it part of Canyonlands and when you go to see it, you will understand why. In a very small area, you will spectacular vistas, perhaps more bang for your time and buck ( I believe $5 per car ) than almost any place else you will ever see. Finally, my son and I took a tour on the Shafer Trail. Wow. Really mind bending experience. Gives you a whole 'nother perspective on the Canyonlands area. Highly recommended. Very. Some people rent a jeep and do this themselves. That could be cool, too. Although I would rather be the passenger in that scenario. It's a little scary. In some places, maybe terrifying. Besides, your driver has all sorts of great stories, like how he helped out in the filming of "The Lone Ranger" and the precise location of some of the scenes. Or where Thelma and Louise drove their car off the cliff. Things like that make the experience so much more meaningful. One last suggestion, if you are going to or coming from Colorado, do not miss the Colorado National Monument. Breathtaking. You will not be disappointed. Well, that wasn't the last suggestion, after all. Extend your trip some more and go west to see Capitol Reef national Park and then take Route 12 to Bryce Canyon National Park. Everyone knows Route 1 along the California coast is incredible, but few people have heard of Route 12 and even fewer have driven it. Route 1 is beautiful. Route 12 is amazing. Just do it. You will thank me for it later. If you do everything described here, you will have the trip of a lifetime.
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