Chesler Park Canyonlands Needles District in 360 Degrees

Chesler Park Canyonlands Needles District
Chesler Park Canyonlands Needles District

Chesler Park Canyonlands Needles District 

in 360 Degrees

Chesler Park in Canyonlands Needles district is a unique area formed by the land cracking in a grid like formation, and then the water eroding away the cracks in between leaving tall needle like columns, and mushroom shaped rocks clustered together.  If this analogy is compared to our life, and we come as a simple block, and challenges and hardships keep taking away from us, I hope I the end that we can stand as a magnificent interesting tower that has grown stronger from our difficulties.

360 Video Walking towards Chelser Park

Make sure you rotate this around so you can see everything.  The best way to watch this is by putting on VRHeadset and Transporting yourself here using YouTubeVR - ShaunasAdventures


I wish this photo showed how cool the area is behind my cute hubby.   You can see a section of Needles in the left background, but right off his elbow there is tons of mushroom shaped rocks with cracks between them.  Todd said it looked like what he imagined the Broken Plains would look from A Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.  Now that he said that, I would definitely agree.  We didn't go much further than this area of Chesler park, but this trail goes further called the Joint Trail or Chesler Park Loop, and you get down into some of these formations.  It is supposed to be quite something. 

Hubby at Lookout at Chesler Park Canyonland Needles District
Hubby at Lookout at Chesler Park Canyonland Needles District

Tiny Planet Version of Above Video




More Mushroom Formations along Chesler Park Trail
More Mushroom Formations along Chesler Park Trail

More Mushroom Formations along Chesler Park Trail
More Mushroom Formations along Chesler Park Trail


2D Version of the Mushroom Area Video if you like that Better


Chesler Park Sign

Here is the sign letting us know we actually made it to Chesler Park.  From here it is a launch to an even better trail called the Joint Trail of the Chesler Park Loop Trail.  The big things people enjoy about going further around this loop is that there is an arch called Druid Arch,( which looks exactly like the Druid Arch in Escalante so I wonder if you can also get to it from that end for there are trails on the opposite side) and there is a slot canyon that is so narrow that you have to take off your backpack and move through the slot sideways.  
Here is the Trail map
Needles Trail Map

We didn't make it to Druid Arch, but Anne did, and here is her post on Druid Arch.
Annes trip to Druid Arch

Some of my Favorite Structures in Chesler Park

I loved this enormous tower column in Chesler Park
I loved this triangle shaped rock in Chesler Park
Waterfall and Tower Column in Chesler Park
And I loved this Waterfall area in Chesler Park.  It would have been so cool to see it running.  It is in the top left corner.

Chesler Park Trail is fabulous for enjoying interesting Geological Layering of Rocks. 

This is a section down inside the mushroom shaped rocks that are common in Canyonlands National Park Needles District.  The needles district was formed by the earth cracking into a grid like shape, and then water kept going down into these cracks and eroding away the earth in the cracks.  In some areas it left tall needle shaped columns, and others it looks like lots of mushroom rocks scrunched together, or like what you would imagine the Broken plains being like in The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.  As you get down into this section of  mushroom shaped rocks there are layers and layers of rock making unbelievably cool land formations.  My lesson I learned from this trail, is that if I apply this to people, and decide to not keep relationships superficial, but really get into deeper relationships you might find there are really interesting layers that are fun to learn about.  Hiking heals, get out and enjoy one of the less populated trails on my blog today.

Here is the National Park Service description of how the formations here were made.  There are also many signs around the Needles park with great visuals describing the process. 





Interesting Layered Rock along the trail.
Hubby Catching Shade in front of Interesting Layered Rock along the Trail.  


Here is a 360 Video in one of my Favorite Sections where the Layered Rock is especially interesting.

Remember this is a 360 Video so you are in charge and you need to move around to see the interesting stuff.  Of course the best way to watch this 360 Video is by putting on a VRHeadset ,and watching it in YouTubeVR - ShaunasAdventures.

Cool Layered round rocks.

More Layered Rock Formations on Chesler Park Trail - Needles District Canyonlands National Park
More Layered Rock Formations on Chesler Park Trail
- Needles District Canyonlands National Park -

TINY PLANET VIDEO OF FAVORITE LAYERED ROCK AREA IN NEEDLES CANYONLAND

Because the Geological Surface is so fascinating here, the Tiny Planet Version is very interesting.  Here it is if you are interested in checking it out.




Chesler Park Trail Needles District of Canyonlands
Chesler Park Trail Needles District of Canyonlands

Walking over a Cool Arch along the trail


2D Video of Layered Rock Video if you Like That Better



Coming out of a Slot Canyon on Chelser Park Canyonlands Needles District
Coming out of a Slot Canyon on Chelser Park Canyonlands Needles District 




Fin shaped rocks on the Chesler Park Trail Canyonlands
Fin shaped rocks on the Chesler Park Trail Canyonlands

ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN

One feature to look for on the Chesler Park Trail is Elephant Rock.  It is near the beginning of the hike maybe a mile in, and it will be on your right.   I looked and looked to try and figure out how this rock was shaped like an elephant, and then I noticed on top a rock that does look like a cute little elephant. 


Elephant Mountain
Elephant Mountain

Elephant on Elephant Mountain along Chesler Park Trail
Elephant in crack on upper right corner on Elephant Mountain along Chesler Park Trail

HOWEVER...
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I think this rock in Chesler Park with an Arch for a trunk looks even more like an Elephant.  It is just right of center if you are having a hard tine seeing it.
Another Elephant Shaped Rock in Chesler Park
Another Elephant Shaped Rock in Chesler Park 
Egyptian Looking Rocks on the Chesler Park Trail
Egyptian Looking Rocks on the Chesler Park Trail


SLOTS, STEPS and NARROW ALLEYS 

on the CHESLER PARK TRAIL


Chesler Park trail in Canyonlands is packed with stairs.
Chesler Park trail in Canyonlands is packed with stairs. 

It was quite amazing the craftsmanship on this trail to make the many stairs along the way.  Some of them were work of art by some skilled people.  It makes areas that would have otherwise been rough to get through quite simple.  Still by the end it feels like you have been doing a StairMaster machine for quite a while!  
Sacred Thorn Apple Flower at the Entrance of Chesler Park Trail
Enormous Sacred Thorn Apple Flower at the Entrance of Chesler Park Trail

360 Video at Entrance with Stairs and a Slot Canyon in Canyonlands

This video is the entrance of the Chesler Park Trail.  It has a few sections on the trail where you are in a narrow slot and it is all dark around you, then you climb out to enjoy the brightness of the Sun.  In our crazy world, it is easy to have moments of darkness where you feel the craziness of our world crushing in on your soul.  It makes it hard.  Me to press forward to the light and not stay in the darkness, THE SON also is your brother who loves you dearly.  Both He and your Father in Heaven love you more than your earthly mind can co pretend and are urging you to press on, to remember them and communicate with them.  They want to be your support through this troubling time.  They are there, just open the door and let them into your heart and lives and they will hold your hand to lead you out of the darkness. Sending love from me to you to encourage you to work your way out of darkness when it comes.   

 Of course the best way to watch this video is by grabbing a VRHeadset and transporting yourself here using YouTubeVR-ShaunasAdventures.  


One of The Slot Canyons on the Chesler Park Trail
One of The Slot Canyons on the Chesler Park Trail

Tiny Planet Version of the Video at the Entrance to Chesler Park Trail.  

It is very fun to see this section from a birds eye view.







Narrow passage on the Chesler Trail
Narrow passage on the Chesler Trail

Hubby heading down into a slot canyon
Hubby heading down into a slot canyon

2D Version of the Slot Canyon and Stair Video



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More Fun Photos from the Chesler Park Trail


Interesting dead tree root growing out of a rock that you have to swing around on the trail.





















CREATURES and FAMOUS MOVIE STRUCTURES on the CHESLER PARK TRAIL



More cool Mushroom shaped rocks that look like they are right out of Star Wars Movie. 



Muppet Creature on Chesler Park Trail


This looks like a villain with a mask trying to eat the rock in front of him. 
This looks like Pharoah's Cat and a strange creature scared for its life in front. 

Hubby taking a nap in the shade unknowing of the creature opening its mouth to attack.

Things that I was so grateful I had while traveling 

on the Chesler Park Trail























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