This is the epic view through Mesa Arch. The arch is found at the cliff’s edge of a short, half-mile roundtrip trail inside the Island in the Sky area of Canyonlands National Park.
Canyonlands, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated national parks—probably due to its size, relative remoteness, and difficulty to explore. This place is massive. The park was carved by the Green and Colorado Rivers. The confluence of these two epic rivers created the beautiful park. In addition to its deep two-tiered canyon that is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon, it also has arches, buttes, and other rock formations—leaving one in awe of nature’s natural artistry.
The park is split into three areas by the two rivers. The easiest area to explore is the Island in the Sky, relatively near Moab and Arches National Park. Located on the north side of the park, this area is a large mesa that has been carved over time as the two rivers converge on one another. There are very few hikes located here, but most are short and, like at the Grand Canyon, most tourists usually just stop at the overlooks lining the road.
The truly unique areas of the Canyonlands are found inside the massive canyon, either along the Island in the Sky’s 100-mile White Rim Road or in the Needles and the Maze area.