The vast, flat expanse of the Colorado Plateau is disrupted by massive rock formations that look like the play toys of a giant's child. The story of that formation is a magical tale of earth forces in collision with one another.
The National Parks and Moab in Southeastern Utah
To reach Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park--recently made more famous because the movie 127 Hours detailed the harrowing adventure of Aron Ralston--drive south on Interstate 15from Salt Lake City and continue south-east on Highway 6 at Spanish Fork.
The highway passes through a flat and seemingly barren landscape, dotted with sagebrush and cheet grass. Nearby, there are plenty of majestic mountains in the area like 10,443 feet tall Monument Peak and its twin Mount Bartles, but they are too far away from the highway to make an impact.
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