Between visiting Arches and Canyonland National Parks, our dog, Ame, hasn’t had much of an opportunity to enjoy our adventure. She had to sit in the car or stay in the Airstream while we explored the parks. This morning Andrew and I wanted to give her a chance to stretch her legs and hike. We heard that Negro Bill Canyon Trail was dog friendly and a good hike. Overall, it was a 4.5 mile hike along the river. Some parts of the hike went through lush green trees and grass, other parks brought us up dusty rocks. Ame’s favorite part of trail was crossing the riverbed. She really enjoyed wading through the cool moving water. At the end of the trail, we found Morning Glory Bridge, which was a rock structure that extend across the canyon walls above us.
After lunch and a nap, we decided to visit the other half of Island in the Sky. On our trip back to Canyonland, we stopped by Grand View Overlook. The overlook presented a spectacular view of the surrounding area. It really put things in perspective of how we are such small inhabitants in a large land. From the overlook, we followed a one mile path out to the another overlook area. Along our route, we encountered numerous lizards and two chipmunks.
From the Grand View Overlook, we headed back to our final stop in Island in Sky, Mesa Arch. This trail made a loop around a large rock and out a cliff. At the end of the cliff, one arch was structured in a way that allowed us to look through at vast landscape below. The braver souls, like Andrew, chose to climb on top and walk across the arch.
With a quick stop at Visitor’s Center to pick up our collectible park pin, we bid farewell to Canyonland. Tomorrow, we head back to Colorado for our final visit to Grand Junction.