Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 14, 2010

Lost Canyon and Squaw Canyon, The Needles

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Walking along the sandstone rim on the Squaw Valley trail

Some places are purely refreshing. Especially after working in a heavy-use park like Arches, with its nearly one million visitors per year, getting away to a neighboring park with fewer people around is extra wonderful.

Needles is full of colorful formations

Yesterday a friend and I went to The Needles, the southern district of Canyonlands NP, about an hour and a half away. Its views are quite different from Arches’ views — buttress-y, fortress-y, rock-climb-y, with a variety of habitats. On a flawless spring day, we had the perfect 7.6-mile hike.

I realized 3/4 of the way through it that I NEED to be active in order to feel my best. I noticed that very strongly upon my return to MN last August, and I did all manner of active things to keep myself in that groove. Minnesota, however, is a far cry from Utah; one must be ever so much more creative and resourceful to find things to do. I thought again of how exquisite it is to have a pool of Very Active Friends who will not shy away from adventure in our off hours.

I’d be interested to hear what you have discovered about your ideal activity levels. What does your body tell you? Have you learned to heed its messages? Do your friends’ activity levels influence you more, or do you influence them?


  1. Hey Sis,

    Last Sunday hubby and I got our bikes down and took them out for the first time this year..yeah, our bods are out of shape! After the bike ride our legs (from the knees on up) were burning. We are going to make it a daily ride if it is not raining.

    Comment by Chris — April 15, 2010 @ 7:30 am | Reply

  2. Pretty but sure looks like could use some rain!

    Comment by Dale — April 15, 2010 @ 8:27 am | Reply

    • It’s a DESERT! It always looks like this! Only 8 to 9 inches of rain annually.

      Comment by kath56ryn — April 15, 2010 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  3. Love the pictures – and the geology commentaries.
    I know I feel much better with ample physical, mental, and spiritual activity, preferably 2 or 3 at the same time. Hiking and observing nature and geology qualify, as does swimming and… (depends on if its a lake or pool). Am now taking an astronomy class at UMD to expand the aging brain cells and gain appreciation of nature.

    Comment by chrisyoungman — April 20, 2010 @ 9:02 am | Reply

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