|Sunset over Canyonlands|
|The Green River joins with the Colorado River about 30 miles south of here|
|The La Sal Mountains are the second-highest in Utah|
|The Colorado River|
The highlight of my time at Canyonlands was the hike to the False Kiva. This is an archaeological site that has become quite recognized because of some beautiful photographs taken there that have become iconic images of the Southwest. It is not a difficult hike, but it is unmarked and requires some scrambling in steep canyons. While hiking out there, a thunderstorm came up and was quickly approaching as I hurried to get to the False Kiva site, which is a small cave (I found out later that caves are not the best place to be in an electrical storm, but it all turned out ok). I ducked into the kiva cave just as the rain started coming down in sheets. Thunder was booming off the canyon walls and lightening was streaking across the sky to the south. Soon waterfalls began to cascade down the canyon walls all around me.
|Storm clouds gathered while I hike down to the Kiva|
|Waterfalls cascaded off the tops of the canyon walls|
I walked back up from the Kiva in awe of what I had just experienced. But the day had one more amazing sight in store for me. Just a few miles from the Kiva trailhead is the Green River overlook and I thought I would check out the sunset from there. I think the pictures describe it better than any words can.
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