Canyonlands Overloooks, part 1: The Needles
After marveling at the Shay Canyon petroglyphs, we drove on to Moab and secured lodgings for the night, then backtracked 30 miles to take in the sunset view from the Needles Overlook.
This vantage had the distinct AD-vantage of not actually being in Canyonlands National Park (closed to visitation thanks to the government shutdown), while nevertheless offering spectacular overviews of the area south and east of Island In The Sky Mesa, known as the Needles District.
Anne and I did a quick walking tour around the point of rock, which stands sky high above the Lockhart Basin far below, and I determined the best place to set up my tripod for purposes of catching the last rays of the sun as they lit up the nearby cliffs. The sun’s rays were already setting the sandstone cliffs aglow, and the effect only deepened as sundown approached.
To make a long story short, I took a lot of photos. These are my favorites.