In eastern Utah, Arches and Canyonlands sit practically across the highway from each other. Arches has some arches, not unlike arches in other parks that may be called natural bridges.
The same erosion process responsible for Bryce Canyon's landscape created the arches. This entire area, the Colorado Plateau, has a variety of layered sandstone formations. Steve called it a yawner, but there are some nice walks and some good photo opportunities. The campground looked very nice but was full.
We found a lovely place right on the Colorado River at a Bureau of Land Management campground. Rustic camping with no utilities is called dry camping and usually scenic, remote and inexpensive. We are fortunate to be self contained and can get by for several days without needing water, electricity or a dump station. RV parks that resemble parking lots with hookups are the real yawner. We can proudly state we have seldom been in one of these.
The day we explored Canyonlands was elevating. Much like the Grand Canyon yet this park was created by two rivers, the Colorado and the Green. Trails lead to geological features, vistas and deep craters in this park that covers 527 square miles. Paved roads, 4 wheel drive routes or backcountry trails a allow access to different levels of adventure. Shafer Trail's winding route is rugged, cut from sharp cliffs and is a bit intimidating.
However going down in 'Toad' our 4 wheel drive was easy compared to the effort several bicyclist were experiencing on their way up. Fun, the only way to explain driving this trail is just plain fun.