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what are the must see

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what are the must see

will be stopping at this park , driving from mesa verde going to moab. will have maybe 4 hrs in the park. how would you spend them?

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1. Re: what are the must see

This is a big park with lots of different areas stretching over, literally, around a hundred miles. Island in the Sky section which is north of Moab is the easiest to do in short amount of time, but it's not on your route. With the time you have, hit the main viewpoints (Grand View and Green River), do the short walk out to Mesa Arch and a couple mile hike to see ancient ruins on Aztec Butte. Might also drive down and back up the Shafer Trail switchbacks. Everything is in close proximity. Here's a map:

nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/upload/island.pdf

Needles District may be closer to your route but hardest to get anything out of in that amount of time. You're also limited in access to some of the remote areas which require 4WD. Best plan here is to view Newspaper Rock on the way in, drive to Elephant HIll trailhead and hike in for a very short distance towards the needles and back. It will be 90 minutes from Moab to get into the park and then about 45-60 getting out, so that's most of your time.

nps.gov/cany/…maze_web.pdf

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2. Re: what are the must see

Ditto to what Tumbleweed says.

From Mesa Verde to Moab you will be passing the entrance to the southern section of the park called the Needles. Drive in, stop at Newspaper rock- some of the petroglyphs could have been made by Mesa Verde dwellers.

Then there are a couple short hikes you might want to take-http://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/needlesshorthikes.htm

Then do the driving loop.

The last link Tumbleweed gave was to the more remote maze section. Not sure he meant to link to that (since it is definitely not on your route or time frame) or if it was supposed to be the Needles section.

Hopefully while in Moab you will be able to take the time (at least half a day) for the Island in the Sky section and do what Tumbleweed suggested.

Edited: 1:23 pm, June 23, 2012
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3. Re: what are the must see

Since my link didn't work try this:

http://tinyurl.com/6rxycsk

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5. Re: what are the must see

We were in Canyonlands for the first time this past May (Island in the Sky and Needles sections). In the Needles section we really liked the Cave Springs Trail hike (about .6 miles), and the Slickrock Trail Hike (about 2.5 miles... perhaps a bit longer if you go out to all the viewpoint spurs). My husband and I both really enjoyed these hikes and would highly recommend them, especially if you don't have time for some of the longer hikes in the park.

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6. Re: what are the must see

Hi m44m

Sorry to grab on to this but did you do both sections in one day?

We have a full day so just curious

Thx!

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