The Trip – Day 19 – Denver CO To Richfield UT, Canyonlands

My camera sucks. It adds a kind of a rainbow to all photos. I’m going to replace it when I get to Hong Kong, but for now I’ll have to live with it.

Anyway, today I was supposed to drive from Denver to Richfield today. The drive was going fine and I was well on my way to arriving around 3pm. I-70 West in Colorado has amazing views. Imagine a road curving around snowy mountains with a river flowing on the side of the road, lakes and tunnels going through the mountains. The best scenic road I went through so far on my trip.

Then I got closer to Utah. The view changed into desert-like plains with rocky mountains erected on both sides of the road. I kept taking pictures and then I saw a sign that directed me to Canyonlands National Park. For the first time in my trip I took a detour and went into the park. It was quite a long detour but was worth it as you can see in the pictures. Canyonlands Park is exactly what the name suggests – a bunch of amazing canyons, each one with its own unique appearance. I went on a short walk on the rim (edge) of one of the canyons. It took me a while to realize that I was having trouble breathing because I was at around 2 km elevation.

I decided to get back as the sky became darker. It was a good decision to go back because on the way to Utah I had to drive through a snow storm. Not a nice experience, but I just followed other cars and arrived safely to Richfield Utah. I estimate today’s total trip at around 900 km with the detour to the park.

Tomorrow: Bryce Canyon National Park. It looks like it’s going to be nice tomorrow – as high as 1 degree Celsius.