Planning a trip to Canyonlands National Park?
We enjoyed two days exploring this national park in Utah and down below are our top tips on the best things to do in Canyonlands National Park including the best hikes, scenic drives, how to get there, where to stay, and more!
My first memory of mine and Craig’s trip to Canyonlands National Park Utah back in 2006 was dominated by one of the most epic natural experiences of my life.
It was so electric and vivid I can still feel and see it 13 years later. I am not exaggerating on the electric part either.
We had driven from the Islands in the Sky District to the Needles District in Canyonlands Utah and a major storm was brewing. We were questioning our wisdom, but as we were so keen to see those spires of rock we decided to follow through with our plans.
I remember not being able to appreciate the stunning scenery around me on the drive because I was a little panicked by our decision.
We arrived into the Needles District just as the dark storm clouds rolled in, the rain started to pelt, and the lighting began to strike!
It felt safe-ish in the car, but really weren’t too sure safe was a real word when talking about lighting strikes.
We headed straight to the Canyonlands Visitor Center to wait it out, but on the way there was when the most epic natural thing of my life happened.
About 100 feet off to the side of the car a lightning bolt struck the ground.
The air around us crackled and sizzled and lit up. We saw the bolt shoot off in different directions on impact, just as you see in animated shows. The energy of bolt went through the car into us (luckily we weren’t mountain biking).
What? Did that just happen? How could you be so thrilled and terrified at the same time?
The visitor brochure is not joking when it says,
“Lighting is a serious threat. If a thunderstorm is near, avoid overlooks, get back in your vehicle and close the windows!’
So, I was happy to go back and visit Canyonlands National Park in 2019. This time outside of storm season and with our kids.