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Every spring before the trees have leafed out and restored the beauty oI Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, I pack my car and visit Utah's great canyon country. The parks I visit are famous, Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce, Capitol Reef and Zion National Parks to name a few. And so are the Parks and BLM lands where I spend a good deal of time in the Cedar Mesa Canyons, not quite as well-known and visited with canyons: Natural Bridges National Monument, Grand Gulch, Owl & Fish, Road, McCloyd, Lime, Johns, Slcikhorn, to name a few.

From early April to mid-May and from mid-September to late October, the weather in these parks, depending on elevation, averages about 20 C (68 F), perfect for hiking. To enjoy a full flower season arrive in early april and stay until the cactus and yuccas bloom in early to mid-May.

The images on this website are taken in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, which has 3 other districts: Island in the Sky, The Maze and Horseshoe Canyon. If you don't know where these parks are you can use the links below:

• download these PDF files:    USA    Utah     Southeast Utah     Canyonlands Needles District

• click on these links:    USA    Utah     Southeast Utah     Canyonlands Needles District

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