I go to canyon country to get my spirit realigned.

Wandering among towering rock formations during the day; staring up at thousands of stars in the silent desert night. A few circadian cycles like this and I feel back in balance.

Time puts everything into perspective, and it’s a constant presence when visiting the spectacular landscapes of southeast Utah. Partnering with the natural elements, its works of art created over tens of millions of years are visible in the gaping canyons and colorful sandstone formations that are ubiquitous throughout the region.

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A section of Druid Arch Trail in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park in southeast Utah.

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Druid Arch, which gets its name from its resemblance to Stonehenge monument in England, stands 150 feet tall in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park and is one of the district’s most popular hiking destinations.

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Small pools of water lie in the bedrock bottom of a canyon in Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.



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The view from underneath Kachina Bridge at Natural Bridges National Monument in southeast Utah.

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The view from below Owachomo Bridge at Natural Bridges National Monument in southeast Utah.

Matt Dahlseid is a digital enterprise producer and outdoors writer for the Santa Fe New Mexican.

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