|Gooseberry Trail dropping through the Windgate Sandstone.|
|Rock steps of Gooseberry Trail feel solid underfoot.|
|Gooseberry is alive with signs of spring, including the most vibrantly red paintbrush I’ve ever seen.|
|Down the dusty White Rim Road following tire tracks.|
|Following the edge|
|White Rim dropoffs, La Sals beyond|
|Monument Basin has beautiful red spires of Organ Rock Shale topped with more resistant blocks of White Rim Sandstone|
Clouds are building, the wind intensifies, storms race around in the distance. Before I find a camping spot, rain starts to fall and I find an overhang to hide beneath. Off in the distance, lightening strikes, making me wonder if I should retreat back to my car and call it quits. But the storm is mesmerizing. I stay.
|Watching the storm from a sheltered alcove.|
I follow sloppy footprints in the cryptobiotic soil to an overlook, making my own way on nearby rocks. Mostly I feel sad about how hard it is to not leave a mark on this land. I wonder if I ought to just go home rather than sleep at the already impacted site. I decide it probably doesn’t make any difference.
|Clouds break up and the sun pours through.|
|Strong winds bring another wave of rain.|
|Seeing where I've been from the White Rim Overlook|
|Light playing with rock|
Backcountry camping permits are required for overnight trips in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Make your reservations well in advance, or you may end up with a less than ideal permit.
Bring all your own water. Pack out all your garbage and toilet paper, and use a wagbag to pack out your poop if a privy isn’t available.
List of hiking trails in Canyonlands here