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