It probably comes as no secret that I love National Parks. I am amazed at their beauty and take every opportunity I have to escape into their wilderness. And while it also comes as no surprise that my preferred method for visiting National Parks is Backpacking, there are some Parks that simply must be experienced from the River.
Last summer I had an opportunity to experience Canyonlands National Park from the Colorado River courtesy of Holiday Expeditions. Holiday Expeditions is a client of mine, we designed their website and provide SEO, and for an exchange of services they took 40 SEO.com employees (including myself) for three days down the Colorado River through Canyon Lands National Park.
Because Canyonlands National Park is located at the confluence of the Green and Colorado River it makes it hard to experience backpacking, since there are essentially three sections and backpacking through all is impossible. For this reason I had yet to visit Canyonlands at the time of the trip. What I experienced was beyond description. Even without the 26 rapids through Cataract Canyon, the trip would have been well worth it. Nothing can compare to floating down the Colorado with vertical red cliffs on both sides for miles on end. Plus one of the benefits of rafting is that you are a lot less sore in the end!