"This is THE most fantastic landscape in America I've seen."
I would urge the world to make a trip to western Utah and see it for themselves.
One of the unique things about Canyonlands is it's divided into 3 districts. The Needles, the Island in the Sky, and the Maze. Some include a 4th referring to the rivers which themselves divide the districts. I was only able to visit the first 2, because without serious rock-climbing skills it's impossible to get from one district to any other without leaving and re-entering the park somewhere else (and hundreds of miles away). Crazy right? In total, the park only gets 430,000 visitors per year, and most of those are likely spill off from the much more popular (and accessible) Arches NP right next door. Compare to the Grand Canyon which gets almost exactly ten times the number at 4.3 million each year.
Anyway, onto art. The Needles.
I don't remember exactly, but it's probably close to 50 miles from leaving the main road to the end of the national park's major road in this district. And what a spectacular drive it is. You're actually down at the bottom of the canyon driving past rock formations bigger than I thought possible. Photos describe it better, but even they fail to capture the magnitude of the place.
Just watch out for flash flooding!
Completely different than The Needles, this time the road takes you up on top of plateaus looking out over huge, deep canyons. The views are utterly breathtaking.
And just a friendly reminder at the park entrance. Funny thing is, this is the EASIEST district to reach.