Imposing geological formations on the horizon take the place of the cityscapes you’ve left behind to visit America’s Canyonlands. Common trees and vegetation give way to varieties you won’t find close to home. The idea that we share a planet—a country, even—with such unique landscapes inspires awe with each passing mile.
The seemingly bottomless canyons and soaring cliffs that define Canyonlands were carved out hundreds of thousands of years ago. Guides who have found studying the region their calling will read aloud the history written in the layers of rock. Ancient history aside, access to these features via the scenic overlooks and miles of trails built around Canyonlands was only made possible within the last century.
From your perch on the South Rim, nearly 7,000 feet above sea level, the Grand Canyon sprawls as far as the eye can see. As you watch hikers and mule caravans descend into the fire-colored canyon below, you can almost see the oral history passed along by your guide come to life—like the tale of Brighty the trusty burro, who carried water from a spring below the North Rim for some of the first tourists to visit the canyon.
Discover the adventurous side of the Wild West in Moab, Utah. Spot famous arch formations, including Delicate Arch and Balanced Rock, at Arches National Park. Then wind down along the banks of the Colorado River, watching the sunset make the red-orange color of the rocks even more vibrant.