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Hello my friend, this is episode 49, Utah National Parks part two. Hello my friend and welcome to the travel gluten free podcast where you can listen in on how to lead a gluten free lifestyle with more fun and ease. This is a Elikqitie and I founded travel gluten free for you. I'd love to be your resource contributor and support to you on your gluten free journey. I like to wish everyone a happy national Celiacs awareness month. If you are Celiacs and you do not know this, the entire month of May is Celiac awareness month and I'd like to give you a fun size educational moment for each episode that I published in May in honor of National Celiac awareness month.
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So, my friend in the last episode, I gave you the 411 on how to travel in Utah, national parks in general, how to travel Utah and what to bring with you and your family and what you can all do in a national park. There are so many activities that you can do in a national park, it's crazy. Even though I packed a bunch of information into the last episode. This episode and the next episode, are going to focus specifically on some different parks. If you haven't visited a national park, definitely check out my last episode and check out also my happy national parks week episode and visit nps.gov that's n p s.gov to find a national park that you'll love. And in this episode I'm going to chat about two national parks in Utah.
One is arches and the other is canyonlands. They are both in Moab, which is the northern part of Utah. And I'm going to take you on a journey of both of these national parks. Why I love each of them and I will give you recommendations, stories and what to bring and when to go. So, just a recap of the basics, so, what can you expect when you do come to Utah is, crazy weather, a super dry climate, lots of tourists, lots of ice cream and possibly sunburn depending on how good you cover up.
So, if you're someone who burns really easily, I would definitely, definitely get one of those sunscreen shirts that are like very cool and light because Utah sun is extremely strong and remember to always bring the following with you when you are traveling to Utah National Parks. Sunscreen, lip balm sunglasses, because it's super bright water bladders and backpacks for each person on your trip, snacks and lunch, good running and hiking shoes, a hat. Because again, the sun's really strong and it's very easy to sun burn your face and a paper map. And the reason why I say a paper map is because, cell phones do not work in most parts of parks out in Utah because they're in very uninhabited regions that do not get cell coverage.
So, usually when I go to a park, once I lose cell coverage, I put my phone on airplane mode so that my phone is not constantly searching and it runs out of battery. So, keep that in mind. Always have a buddy system, be with somebody and don't go alone somewhere. Especially if you are in an area that doesn't have, a lot of people, always have someone with you because cell phones don't work. If you are concerned about that, you can always rent a sat phone or buy a sat phone and satellite phones can be used anywhere. So, that would be an option for people who always wants to have that security is you can get a satellite phone. And always, like I said before, remember to take that break in the middle of the day, noon till three and then come back after three and you also want to get in the park before 9:00 AM because the lines get super crazy in the morning. It's like you're in a parking lot, but you're not in the parking lot yet. So, we're going to dive into our first park, which is Arches National park.
Arches National park is like the Icon Park when you think about Utah national parks, because delicate arch is that Archstone redstone geologic feature that you always see when they advertise Utah. So, that's the most common picture people will picture in their minds. And you can see that at arches, that actual arch is called delicate arch. It's a, I think three and a half mile round trip. And we're gonna talk a little bit about that more later when we talk about hikes. But, there are many, many arched geological features at arches, which is why it's called that. And there are really cool, contrast textures, land forms, a whole different types of red rock out there. There's some really crazy, geologic rock features. There's over 2000 natural stone arches in arches and there's also pinnacles fins and giant balanced rocks. So, each of these geologic formations actually have a name type they are all categorized and it is really a genealogist heaven out here in Utah. So, the Red Rock at Arches is going to amaze you and it's absolutely beautiful at sunset. But my favorite part of arches is at night because arches is open 24, seven, yes, 24, seven. And I believe you can even hike to delicate arch at night, but I'm not sure.
I tried to call today, I wasn't able to get through, but I'm going to ask them because I'm going to be visiting Arches in the beginning of June. So, we're first going to talk about a general overview of Arches. So, we already said; it's hot and dry, it's a lot of rock, there are some trees but not very much. When you go to the Arches website, which is nps.gov/arch and all these links will be in the show notes so you can just click on them. All of the national park pages have the same general setup. You have, plan your visit, learn about the park, get involved, info, alerts, maps, calendar, reserve. So, they actually have the actual park maps on the website if you want to look at them ahead of time. So, we're going to talk about some of the different things that you can do in Arches. But before we talk about some of the different things you can do in Arches, we're going to talk about the operating hours for Arches.
So you can visit arches it's 24 hours a day. There is the national park feed, but remember I said in the first episode we talked about national parks. It's a deal to get the yearly annual membership pass. So, it's 80 bucks covers a whole year, If you go four times to any national park in the United States it's already paid for itself. So, it's definitely worth it. The visitor center however, is not open 24 hours a day. And at the visitor's center there's exhibits, there's water, there's a movie about the park. I always suggest maybe going there first to see the movie so you can kind of get an idea of what to do. The Rangers are there to answer questions. If you have any questions about what could, what are good hikes for you and your family to do. And getting permits, some hikes and activities you do need permits for.
And those you have to ask the Ranger and find out where to apply for this permits. So, if you want to go to the visitor's center, it's open between 7:30 in the morning and five in the afternoon. And at the visitor's center you can also book tours, so some tours you have to reserve, but most of them are just open. So, next we're going to visit the plan your visit page. So, on the plan your visit page, they have all the different things you can do. So, information, things to do, eating and sleeping traffic and webcams. But I'm going to give you a little overview. There's certain regulations like you can't stand on the arches, you can't have, in all national parks, you're not allowed the flyover cameras. There is no ATDing or anything like that on any of the paths in Arches and the national parks. And one of the things you have to be really careful of when you come to Utah? So, when we look at desert, people just think, oh, it's just desert sand, there's nothing living, It's no big deal, and they walk off trail. Well actually, that desert sand is super important because there's bacteria on the top of that soil that breaks down the rocks to make soil. And if you go off path and step on the sides of the trail, you will kill the bacteria that make the soil. So, definitely stay on the path when you are in arches or any of the national parks in general.
And for arches, they suggest good footwear. And be careful of heat exhaustion and like I said before, hydration and exhaustion are not the same thing. Make sure you eat food and drink at least one gallon of water each day. Of course that depends on your weight and how tall you are and everything. But, always bring water when you're hiking, It doesn't matter how short of a path you're hiking, bring water, especially with children. It's super important, I've seen people go hiking on paths that are a mile long with no water in a hundred degree heat. That's just not smart and that will get you a $10,000 trip out of the canyon. So, you definitely want to avoid that because it is $10,000 for search and rescue just to pick you up, pretty expensive. Okay, so we're going to go onto camping in arches.
So, each national park has its own different amenities when it comes to camping. So, you have to check at each park. You cannot assume that they are all the same. So, if we visit camping pages on arches park, there is the devil's garden camp ground, which is one of the places I would love to go. It is the only campground at arches, so, Arches only has one camp grounds, you can reserve campsite for nights between March 1st and October 31st. It's usually full every night's because that is March 1st to October 31st is the busy season in devil's garden. So, I would suggest going early November is actually a really great time to go because it's still a little bit on the warmer side. End of February it's still going to be a pretty cold. So, if you want to go on a fringe season, I would suggest the first two weeks in November. And you will probably most likely not be able to get a camping spot if you're arriving without a reservation. There is camping outside the park, which you can click on that link from the camping page on Arches. So it says between November and February, campsites are first come, first serve.
So, if you do go after October 31st and before March, it's a first come first serve, which means you have to be in line. And then as a family or a, someone with a car comes out, they let one car go in to that campsite and you replace the person's campsite. You don't get to pick which one you're at. It says between November 1st and February 28th, besides being first come first serve. So, in the devil's garden Campground in Arches, they have drinking water, picnic tables, grills and pit style and flush toilets. So, if you don't know what a pit style toilet is, if you've never been out to Utah or you haven't been to a national park, a pit style toilet is a basically like, it looks like a little concrete closet. And there is a toilet in there that has like the blue water that like the Johnny on the spots have and you go in and use it and it usually does not have running water, but they have hand sanitizer to use when you're done.
And I'm going to tell you a very interesting story about my keys and a pit toilet in the next episode with Capitol Reef, which is, it's just can't be made up. It's really funny story. It didn't think it was funny when it happened, but it was a funny story. So, to camp at Arches is $25 per night in the group site is $75 per night and you can go on to get more detailed information about camping and pictures of the campground. They're really, really nice campgrounds and you will enjoy camping there. Even though there is water provided, I always bring water with me, especially because I drive to these parks. So, I bring those big two and a half gallon plastic containers and put one in the back of my car and keep it there at all times. You can never have too much water in Utah.
So, next we're going to talk about things to do. So, the cool thing you can do in Arches, is if you are not a big hiker, you can just do auto touring. So, there's an 18 mile road that goes from the entrance of Arches all the way out. And along the road there's a little pull offs where you can stop and get pictures that are some short hikes, like a half mile, and you can just do the auto tour.
If you don't like to hike and they're all, it's all paved road, that whole 80 miles and don't assume because you're in a national park, everything is going to be a paved road, but the main road in arches is paved so you can drive all the way to the delicate arch trail head. So, you can see delicate arch, it's going to be off in the distance, it's going to look very, very small from the trail head. And it is a three mile hikes, a round trip. So, please keep that in mind. So, there's the windows section, Devil's garden, a famous arch and wolf ranch. And those are all of the basic things you can see. And there's also a lot of other places that you can pull off and see when you're doing an auto tour. Just remember, you can only pull off in designated spots.
You can't pull off in a, just on the side of the road anywhere. You will get a ticket and they're very expensive. So, keep that in mind if you're coming to Utah Park. There's a few places you can backpack. Backpacking means you are out in the back country basically. And it is inaccessible by trails and there's very limited water so you have to pack all your water in and out. And there are a lot of cultural resources, which means there's probably paintings from native Americans that are very, very old and very sensitive ecosystems. So, you have to be really careful when you are backpacking out in the back country cause there's no trails to walk on and you have to carry everything in and out, including all of your potty material as well. And there's special things you can get to pack in and out your potty material.
And you do need to get a permit to do overnight stays in the back country and you can get that information online along with all of more specifics of back country at arches. You can also bike it Arches, Utah is an amazing place to bike and Moab where arches is located has become like an epicenter of mountain biking out west since about the mid nineties and it became really popular because there's a lot of flat places to bike with beautiful geologic features. And inside the park you can ride your bike on any of the paved and unpaved roads in the park but you cannot ride your bike on trails or off rude. Like I said before that, desert ecosystems are really fragile so you cannot ride them off road and you do have to pay the entrance fee at the visitor station if you come in on bikes. So keep that in mind as well.
And, there's also for riding outside the park. You can get that information on the website. I've ridden outside the park, I've not ridden inside and outside of the park and in the main strip and Moab, there's lots of outfitters that will rent you bikes and you can check those out online. Or if you go to visit Moab, you can check them out while you're there. If you're going during the busy season, definitely try to make a reservation ahead of time for bikes if you're going to do that. And you can also do canyoneering in Arches. If you don't know what canyoneering is, it's when you use climbing equipment to repel, which means lower yourself down into canyons and then you climb. And so, you take a path around back to your starting point usually. And arches not have a real slot canyon, but many of its walls have narrow passages appropriate for canyoneering.
And Arches has a climbing and canyoneering management plan in place to protect the environment. So, you do have to go by the canyoneering regulations which are on the website as well. And you do have to register and get a permit and the premits are free for canyoneering. But they do know that you have to do that mostly because they want to make sure they don't lose you out there. And then there's commercial tours, so, there are three, outfitters which are listed on the Arches page for commercial tours that are approved. Because you can't just have any commercial tours go in there. It has to be the three that are approved by Arches and the national park system and hiking. This is one of my favorite things to do, hiking, there are so many different hiking opportunities. And one of the things I love about Arches is it's a really great mix of different types of hiking. So again, you want to wear really good shoes. Just regular running shoes are okay, but I definitely suggest at least cross trainers or something that has a little more grip to it. And to protect the soil, make sure that you are not walking off trail.
And then there is, these called ephemeral pools, which are potholes and you want to avoid, swimming or bathing or definitely do not drink the water in the pot holes because they have bacteria in them that are helping to break down the rock and it will make you sick. So, don't drink the water in the potholes and keep your toddler's away from playing in the pothole water as well. And definitely don't stand on the Arches. Here's the story I have from Arches, my Arches story. The one time I was there, I believe it was this couple, probably about three or four years ago. So, there's this one arch that I was looking at and I had just come to the end of the trail and I look up on the top of the arch and there is a three year old, four probably four year old boy standing on the top of the arch. Now, the front of the arch is about a 15 foot drop, but the back of the arch is about a 1500 foot drop and his mom wanted to get a picture of him on the top of the arch.
Okay, besides the fact that you're not supposed to climb on the arch, being at the top of an arch with a 1500 foot drop where your kid can slide and fall off like in a snap, not smart idea. And so, please do not put your children on top of the Arches. Thank goodness that child was able to get down okay. But that really scared me, that's just not smart at all. Please do not do that. And of course you cannot carve, scratch, chalk or mark up the rocks in any way that is considered graffiti and you will get a large fine for that. So, they're on the, on the arches website. I love it cause it's listed by types of trails. So, easy trails, there's balanced rock, these are all under a mile balanced rock, double arch, Sand Dune, skyline arch are all under a mile. And then they have some that are one to two miles, courthouse wash, broken arch, the delicate arch viewpoint, not all the way to the arch and the windows. So, the windows is a really great picture place, I love that a lot. Balanced rock is an easy hike and it you have to get a picture of balanced rock because it's this ginormous boulder sitting on this like pin head of a rock.
And the other one I like out of this choice is courthouse wash with rock art because you can park at the lower court house wash parking area and it's only a half mile hike. And the Colorado River runs through Arches. And once you walk across the bridge, you can see some prehistoric rock art, which is at the base of the cliff, which is really cool. So, rock art is definitely like my number one favorite thing about Utah. So, moderate trails, are; park avenue and that is the only moderate trail listed at two miles. And I actually, this is my favorite hike in in arches because it literally is like towering walls on each side is called the courthouse towers and it's a huge canyon and is just absolutely beautiful. Definitely do this one later in the day cause they can get really hot in the middle of the day with the sun reflecting off all the rock. But I love it, it's just really cool. You're literally walking in this canyon with these like large slated, they almost look like big city buildings. That's how tall they are huge pieces of rock and I have so many pictures from Park Avenue. And then there's difficult trails. So, there's tower, arch, delicate arch, which is that iconic Arch you see in all the pictures, double O arch at Devil's garden, primitive trail, which is seven miles long and fiery furnace.
So all of these are definitely longer trips. They're going to take about two and a half to four hours to complete any of these, the delicate arch again, do later in the day because it's really hot as well and there is no shade. And so you want to do that one later in the day and you want to take it, say they recommend two liters of water per person, which is absolutely correct. And one of the things I like to do with my water, so here's a little tip is, I'm not a person who likes really cold water, but when you're hiking in Utah, your water gets hot really fast because it's very hot outside. So, what I do is, I fill up my water bladder halfway with ice and then fill the rest with water. And then it keeps your water cool as you're hiking during the day so that you're not drinking hot water. Because the first sip of hot water, out of the bladder might be a little hot. So, it will keep the rest of the water cold. So, I would definitely suggest using ice in your bladder to keep it cold. And fiery furnace is really cool, I've heard, I have not done this hike, but I've heard lots of really great things about it. It's a labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons and requires agility to explore. To enter the fiery furnace, you must accompany a ranger guided hike or obtain a day's permit at the visitor center. There's a marked route, but you could get lost and they encourage you to a company a Ranger for your own safety because they obviously don't want to lose people in Arches. So, those are the arch, the different trails that you can do, and they're all listed on the website. You can also do horseback riding, photography. So, they give you suggestions on the best place to capture light, Ranger led programs.
So, these are really cool because a Ranger actually will talk to you, you get to meet in a specific place and they'll talk to you about different things. And most of these are free, some of them are, there's a small charge for them, but most of them are free. And so, what you do is when you go to the visitor's center, they will have a list of programs they are going to do for the day and they'll tell you if it's free or not free. And then they'll tell you what time and where to meet. So, if you want to plan your day around one of those, Ranger led programs, they're all really good. I have never been to a Ranger led program that wasn't interesting. So, definitely check out at least one program when you come to Utah. And there's also rock climbing routes in Arches. Now, not all parks will have rock climbing routes. It just depends on the park and obviously the geographic features that Arches does have climbing regulations. So, you need to check those out. And also, if you're going to try to establish a new route, there are rules for that as well. And, to register, there's an online registration system. Okay, and then there's always a climbing safety.
Like there's a lot of things, but if you are a rock climber, you should know the rules. And if you don't, definitely check them out before you go. So, the last but not lease thing, and another high thing on my list I'd love to do is star gazing. Stargazing in the parks is awesome because you're out basically in the middle of nowhere. There's very little light pollution and you will see lots and lots and lots of stars, especially if you have lived in a congested area most of your life. You don't have to live in a big city, even if you live in the suburbs, you'll get enough light pollution that you won't be able to see the Milky Way. So, it's really great because you can see the Milky Way and just tons of stars, in Arches, which is so much fun.
And on the Archers website they say that STU is one in 10 Americans, lives in an area where they can see the estimated 2,500 stars that should be visible under normal conditions. In many cities the night sky is completely obscured by the glow of urban lights. And at arches, the naked eye is sufficient to witness a wealth of stars. And under the right conditions you might even be able to see the rings of Saturn with binoculars. I'm definitely taking my binoculars because I did not know that. And it's pretty isolated so you can see really great stuff. So. there's a website, it's called discover moab.com. So, you can check sunrise and sunset times or you can go on your apple phone or if you have a app to do that as well. Remember, it takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark so you're not going to get out there and see everything right away. And don't look into headlights because that will also, make you have to readjust to the darkness. And use a red light because red light does not distract your eyes from seeing at night. And don't use a regular flashlight, okay. So, make sure you have a red light feature on your headlamp or a light that has a red light feature. And you can also bring a star chart, which helps you find the constellations of the Milky Way. So, they suggest these stargazing areas, balanced rock, picnic area, the windows section, Garden of Eden Viewpoint or panorama points. And it's really beautiful.
The one time I was there, and it's not a star, but it's our, it's our moon. And I actually saw, I was there for one of the super moons, which was amazing and I will never forget that it was ginormous, and huge, and glowing and it just reflected off of all these like rocks behind me that were several hundred feet tall. And that's one the most beautiful things I've ever seen in my entire life and I absolutely loved it. There's also a program called stargaze with a Ranger, which you can do at Arches national park. So, definitely bring a blanket to sit on and check the visitor center to see if they have stargazing with a ranger the day you are there at the park. So, that is stargazing and those are all the really awesome things you can do at Arches. So, there's something for everyone, like I said, every national park has something for everyone and Arches is definitely no exception. And one last thing before we move on to our next section is that Arches also has the junior Ranger program. And so, what the junior ranger program is a great program for kids that comes with a book and the kids go exploring and they have to find answers to questions as you're going around the park.
And then if they fill the book out, which is not very hard. They do learn some really cool stuff about the park and they also get a little certificate and a Ranger pin, which is a little plastic pin they can put on their shirt that says that they're official junior Ranger and it's really cute. I have pictures of my daughter doing a junior park Rangers at a lot of the parks. Hi my friends so that wraps up Moab and we're going to take a quick short break. And when we come back we're going to talk about Canyon Lands National Park. And how to get your fabulous pictures on national parks, social media,
We're going to move on to our next part, which is Canyon lands, and Canyon lands is also in Moab. So, one of the cool things about going to Moab is there are two parks within a 30 minute drive of each other. And I believe this is the only place in Utah where you can do that because most of the parks are about an hour, hour and a half away from each other. And so you'll pull up to this road and it says Arches is this way, and Canyon lands that way. So, it's really easy to tell where to go. And so, Canyon lands is really cool for a couple of reasons. First, it's really cool because it's not as well known as the other parks, so, it's not as crowded, which is great.
So, if you have a weekend and you have part of the week to visit Moab, I would definitely suggest doing Canyon lands on the weekend and Arches during the week so that you'll be a little bit better off as far as the crowdedness goes of the park. So, a for Canyonlands, it says Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts, it's actually three geologic. It's island in the sky, the needles and the maze. And then the fourth that they consider a district is the rivers. So, the rivers actually go through everything. So, it's really considered three districts. It's island in the sky needles and the maze. So the areas share primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for adventure. And so, we're first going to check out the Canyon lands page and the Canyon lands page is nps.gov forward slash c a n, y and all these links that I'm telling you, will be in the show notes so you can easily access those.
And if you don't know where the show notes are, because I've been asking people that lately, if you are on the podcast and you're listening to it right now, just click it so that it pulls up just this episode, and then scroll down. And when you scroll down, you'll see the show notes with the links. And that's for all podcasts, not just mine. So, that's where all the links are in the show notes and they're underneath the episode of the podcast. So, in Canyon lands it's really cool because you get a huge variety of geologic rock formations and there are a little bit more trees in here. There's lots and lots of back country in the canyon lands, and ranger programs. You definitely want to pack a lot of water in the canyon lands because there's less water here than arches because it's less visited. So, you need to definitely bring that with you. So, the Canyon Lands, are also open 24 hours a day, just like Arches. Some facilities do close in Winter as well because, it's Winter time. But again, the visitor's center at the different areas all have, different hours. So, because they have three sections, they have three different visitors center. So, they have a visitor center for island in the sky, a visitor center for the needles section and for the maze, which is the one you have to actually go canyoneering into. It's called hans flat ranger station. So, there's not a visitor park, but there is a ranger station for that one. So, let's first talk about island in the Sky Island.
Island in the sky, the visitor centers is open from March through December and it's closed on Christmas between January and early March. The visitor centers open Friday through Tuesday and it is closed on Wednesday and Thursday. So, just remember that if you do want to go to the visitor center, because there are exhibitions and things in the visitors' center you want to see it's open Friday to Tuesday. So, definitely go there on the weekend. And the hours of their visitor center is 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM all week. And so, each of these sections is accessed at a different point of the park. So, you can go online and find the map for Canyon lands on the National Park site and see where you can access the island in the sky visitor center. It's really easy, it's the main entrance. So, the needle's visitor's center, it is closed in the winter and it reopens, in the mid March and it has a exhibits, books and maps and back country permits, um, and picnic area and Park Rangers. And they have an orientation movie, which is wilderness of rock, which is 15 minutes. And, it is shown on request at the visitor center. So, if you are at the visitor's center in the wintertime, you have to self register for back country permits.
It says water is available year round. So, at the visitors center at the needles, the visitor center is open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM every day. So, it has a little bit shorter hours than island in the sky. And that is located in a different area of the park. And so, definitely check out a park map online to see where they are in relation to each other before you plan your trip. And then, there's a Hans flat ranger station, it's open year round and there is a small sales area with books and maps. There is no services, food, gas or water sources in the maze. So, they are located at 68 miles outside in Hanksville or in Green River, 86 miles away. And the ranger station is open eight to four 30. But you will not be going to that ranger station unless you are a huge back country person and you have gone back country hiking and you know all the rules and regulations to be safe. And I do believe they were, I'm not sure you can check this on their site, but I do believe they do require you to have a sat phone when you go into the maze because it is really tricky to get in and out and you can very easily get lost in the maze. So, in Canyon Lands, just like an Arches, there's a lot of similar things to do. You can do auto touring, backpacking, biking, boating because there is trips. So, off road boating. You can boat on the Colorado and green rivers and it's a lot of flat water, which is great for anybody who doesn't want to go whitewater rafting and you just want an easy trip. It's awesome. Or if you just like boating and you can do, can you see kayaks, other boats, there's a bunch of outfitters also that will take you on there. And then if you do want to do, whitewater, there's class three and four whitewater down past Cataract Canyon. You do have to have a permit if you do want to do any overnight river trips. So, you have to do that in well in advance because they get snatched up really quick because it's really popular. And it talks a little bit about more of the types of water trips you can do. So, definitely check that out under boating on the canyon lands page.
Alright. Camping, there is a camp ground in island in the sky and it has 12 sites on a first come first serve basis. It's open all year round and you can see the green river overlook nearby. Nightly camping is $15 per site, which is a super deal for a national park and they fill in quickly through spring and fall. They do have toilets, picnic tables and firings at the campground, but there is no water there. You can get drinking water outside the visitor center spring through fall. So, in the needles they have the squat flat campground, they have vault toilets, which are those Johnny on the spot toilets, there are no showers, seasonal flush toilets. Sometimes they have potable water that's seasonal. And there's an amphitheater there. There are 29 sites in the needles campground. Which is composed of; 26 individual and three groups sites. Nightly camping fee is $20 and you can reserve individual sites and group sites there. There are first come first serve basis, so make sure you get there early. And back country camping, is in the maze. And there's also some other back country camping that you can do other areas in Canyon lands and you definitely need to check with the website or check with what are the park rangers to find out about that. You can also do rock climbing in some areas. There are a guided tours with commercial guides, which are led in the park. One of them is a whitewater rafting. So, there are a bunch of outfitters who are listed on here. There's probably about two dozen outfitters that do expeditions for whitewater rafting that you can contact for rates. And also, besides the white water rafting, there's also outfitters that are registered with the National Park Service for mountain biking and canoe shuttles and jet boat tours. So, definitely check those out if you're interested in, any of the water or mountain biking activities under guided tours. They also have horseback riding, ranger led programs, stargazing and they also have a for kids section. So, in the for kids section on Canyon's land, they have really great short trails for children in island in the sky and the needles. So, definitely check those out and, definitely check out the junior ranger program. Again, at Canyon lands and last but not least is hiking, I love hiking too. That's definitely one of my other top three. And they break it down into the three sections. So, islands in the sky, is definitely going to have the easier trails. So, we have Mesa arch, which is a half mile. And then, white rim overlook grand viewpoint and Murphy point or a little bit longer. So. They don't have a lot of short hikes here, most of them are a mile or more. A moderate hike, they have upheaval Dome, whale rock Aztec Butte and next spring. Next spring is the longest one at 5.8 miles.
And then Strenuous, they have; Gooseberry Canyon, Syncline loop, Murphy Alcove, Why Height Canyon, Lothrop Canyon. And Lothrop canyon is 21 miles, it's an overnight trail and you definitely want to know what you're doing when you're doing overnight backpacking and you will need a permit for that because it's overnight in the park. So, a general rule of national parks, if it's overnight, you're going to need a permit and you have to get those ahead of time and they do sell out. They only offer so many, so, make sure you check ahead of time to do that. So, then what are the things that really delineates Canyon lands is that there's a lot more strenuous hikes in there. So, if you like to do longer hikes, that are more strenuous, have more inclined, have more elevation gain, canyon lands is a great place to do that for sure.
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