After Natural Bridges National Monument, we, along with Gemma and Ross (A Gem of a Girl), made our way to Canyonlands National Park. It is a wild, rugged place. The park is split into four districts, and we visited the Needles area and primarily the Island in the Sky area. Most visitors to Canyonlands go hiking and backpacking, mountain biking, or four-wheeled driving. My PRT and I took the older, flatlander tourist tour. In other words, we drove the scenic drives and stopped at viewpoints. We did do the shorter, easier hikes. Gemma and Ross are posing at the Needles Overlook. I wish you could have seen me. The wind was blowing SO HARD. I'm leaning against the guard fence, being whipped by sand, facing a 1600 foot sheer drop, holding my cap on with one hand. The other hand has a death grip on poor Gemma and Ross.
After leaving Arches and Utah, we made our way into Colorado. We spent a day at Colorado National Monument. More rocks, more canyons, but very pretty. We did the rim rock drive and stopped at the viewpoints. We did get to watch (with binoculars) rock climbers on Independence Monument, which is 450 feet tall. Gemma and Ross posed at what I believe is Cold Shivers Point. I didn't write it down and can't remember for sure.