Druid Arch Panorama

Tucked down in the southernmost part of the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park is Druid Arch. It is accessible only by foot and is a 13 mile day hike from the nearest parking lot. So, needless to say, this one is off the beaten path. However, at the end you are rewarded with an amazing view of this unique monument. We hiked out here on the second day of our 3 day backpacking trip. In this part of Canyonlands, there is so much to see, but this arch is unlike the majority of the thousands of arches in the area. It is aptly named for its uncanny resemblance to Stonehenge.

 

If you are planning a trip to the area, I recommend shooting for early spring or late fall due to the extreme temperatures and lack of water in the summer. There are several back country campsites that are well used and kept in great shape. Reservations are needed so make sure you plan you trip well in advance if you are looking to spend time in the backcountry.

 

For those that are curious:

This panorama is composed of 65 images 13 groups of 5 bracketed shots (-2 to +2)

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Taken on May 19, 2011