|View from our picnic area.|
|Nearing Elephant Hill Trail|
We dumped our garbage into the trash bins at the picnic area and ended back out towards Pothole Point. Roy was especially looking forward to this spot as he often talked about how microscopic marine life (brine shrimp mostly - remember "sea monkeys"?) lives in the holes. That is if there is water in the potholes, and with the drought season we were in at the time, no water; therefore the life was in hibernation. The views in the area are spectacular though, from the Needles to the White Rim located at Canyonlands - Islands in the Sky (accessible via Route 313, eleven miles north of Moab). Again you'll notice how the elements of wind and water have formed the sandstone into interesting formations.
|Hole "drilled" into sandstone wall by the elements.|
Now before I post photos of the Needles, we're going to make the last stop on the paved road at Big Spring Canyon Overlook. Once again you can see out as far as the White Rim and even a formation called "Murphy's Hogback". In one photo I left the information sign and road barriers in, so you can see the sheer immenseness of the formations in the area; it definitely leaves you in awe. From this area, the hike to the Needles themselves is only 7.5 miles; closer than the eleven miles from other places. We were so busy dealing with our eyes popping out of our heads (not literally of course) from viewing this area to even look for the Needles. Don't say I didn't warn you about this section of Canyonlands having lots of great adventures within it.
|Murphy's Hogback and the White Rim in the Distance.|
|Raven flying through the spires|
I've read some reviews on Canyonlands - The Needles District and they were negative because of the distance from the paved road viewpoints to the Needles themselves. As I said earlier, if all you want is a photo, then go buy one; if you want to experience a park full of astounding natural formations, then visit and enjoy.