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(Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Slickrock Trail in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park has three designated viewpoints.
Springtime is good time in Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park — If it's April in Utah, I find a reason to drive to southeast Utah.

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And why not? The temperatures are warm but not blistering hot. All the shops and restaurants are open but not yet crowded with tourists. You can find a weekend camping spot without using your firstborn child as collateral. And you can find two things you probably won't see in fall hikes: desert water and blooming flowers.

For this year's journey, I made my first visit to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Cacti were sporting red blossoms all over the district.

On a 15-mile hike I made Saturday, I came across some backcountry hikers with water pumps and filters. They found a few pockets of water to keep them hydrated. (I had some battery issues Saturday and did not get photos of this. I did, however, get a few shots on Sunday.)

Look for some trails in the Needles District to be featured in upcoming editions of Hike of the Week. Meanwhile, enjoy the video from a href="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/cms/sites/sltrib/Outdoors/hikes.csp?hike=472" target="_blank">hike last year in the Island in the Sky District.

— Nate Carlisle

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