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Posted on Friday, July 9th, 2004

Dave!After my work had finished in Salt Lake City, I rented a car and took a 4 hour drive south to the city of Moab, which is famous for its spectacular location among three parks that contain some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever find: Arches National Park, which preserves numerous naturally occurring archways that have been eroded into their present shape over millions of years. Dead Horse Point State Park, with one of the most incredible scenic vistas I have ever beheld... rivaling even the Grand Canyon. And Canyonlands National Park, which picks up where Dead Horse Point leaves off, a features even more spectacular scenic overlooks.

If you are a photographer, the entire area is a dream come true! Just a few shots from yesterday and today...

Arches National Park

Arches National Park


Dead Horse Point Overlook

Park Avenue

Boy, having a wide-angle lens and a polarizing filter came in handy this trip!

And, lastly, before I forget... for anybody visiting the area, a company called "Canyonlands by Night & Day" gets my highest possible recommendation if you are looking for excursions into the beautiful countryside. I took both their "Land Before Time" 4-wheel drive tour and their "Where the Wild River Runs" jet boat tour and found them to be exemplary in every respect. When visiting these kinds of places, it's often difficult to know which company to choose, because there are so many and all of them advertise being "the best" (and sometimes end up being complete crap) but I got very, very lucky in finding this one. My only regret since I got here is that I don't have more time so I can sample some of the other adventures they offer (or do the two I've already done all over again).

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  1. kazza says:

    I’m so jealous you wouldn’t believe. Of you getting sunlight that is. My Park Avenue photo is all in clouds, plus the sun was in the wrong spot. Not to mention the wide angle lens looks fantastic – certainly can get a lot more in the frame!

    We also didn’t get to do the Canyonlands tour, even though we heard people recommending it in the motel – but of course it cost money and the parents weren’t interested. *sigh*.

  2. Tonya says:

    Lovely! We were there in June of 2001 and fell in love with it.

  3. Dave2 says:

    Compared to my Bryce photos, everything I took in Moab sucks, so you can take come consolation in that! The “Canyonlands by Night” orginal tour is a sound and light show after dark (which I skipped because you can’t take photos)… the company has since expanded to cover day excursions, and their amazing jet boat trip was worth every penny. I very much want to return one day.

  4. Jon Taylor says:

    Awesome pictures. My grandparents live in Moab and my buddies and I are heading there in a couple of weeks. Should be a good time and a good time for photo taking.

  5. Dave2 says:

    You’ll love it… some much to see, do, and explore in the area. If only I had a full week in Moab, I’d love to take a rafting trip down to Lake Powell. Some people at my hotel had just returned from a trip down the Colorado and had some great stories to tell. Maybe next time.

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