We paid $25 to enter the park. We didn’t have much time before dark, so we stopped at the trail head for the Mesa Arch. The hike was easy and only about 1/2 a mile to get to the arch.
There was only one couple there when we arrived. They were happily risking their lives walking on top of the arch. They completely ignored the signs everywhere asking people not to walk on the arch. It was a 500 foot drop if the arch was to break. We waited for them to get down and we snapped some shots before the sun went down.
We went back to Dead Horse Point and camped out for the night. When we woke up the next morning we went to Dead Horse Point and then decided to return to Canyonlands. We stopped off to see Buck Canyon. The views were mind boggling.
Of course, not having planned properly, we could not find a place to camp that night and the hotels were booked. We then decided to go to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. We drove through the day and found a campsite on the side of a highway for the night. It was packed, but they had a few spots left.
Here are some of the sights along the way.
We spotted some antelope, lizards, and even a beautiful little rattlesnake.
Read about our time at Escalante National Monument here: