Backpacking Through Canyonlands National Park Needles District

Well hello there!

I know, I haven't written much on the blog lately, but it's only because I've been a filming + editing machine on YouTube!

I'm currently uploading twice a week over there - which is no small task since it's just me planning + filming + editing + uploading all the content on this corner of the Internet.

When I'm not working or editing video on the computer, I'm usually doing something outside!

A few weeks ago, some friends and I went on a 3-day backpacking trip through the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park here in Utah.

Specifically, we had a permit to stay in Chesler Park. Permits to this area are limited and must be booked months in advance. I felt very grateful to be invited along.

What a perfect way to kick off backpacking season in the desert! Oh my, it was beautiful.

It only took us a few hours of hiking to get to our campsite where we set up tents and hammocks and lounged around until the sun went down.

I also walked around a bit to scope out a potential spot to film a new yoga class for you! (See below.)

Once it was dark, we went searching for scorpions but didn't find any. Next time.

The next morning, I got up and filmed a morning yoga class focused on the hips.

My hips were feeling worked after the hike the day before with my pack.

In order to film, I had to pack in my yoga mat and camera equipment to make it happen, so my pack was heavier than usual!

You can see the final video and follow along with me below! It's my favorite yoga class I've filmed so far!

After yoga and breakfast, we all needed to get some more water. We started hiking along the Druid Arch Trail and found a good pool of water after a couple of miles.

We continued up to the arch and lounged around at the top before hiking back to our campsite.

The picture above was one of my favorite spots. THIS is why I love Southern Utah - it looks so "other-worldly."

After eating a snack and drawing a mandala in a hammock, I had more energy and a few of us used the remaining daylight to explore more of the Chesler Park area.

We found a unique slot canyon that made me feel like I was in some sort of human maze. It was both creepy and mezmorizing.

After eating dinner, playing cards and gazing at the stars, we all were exhausted.

The next morning we packed up camp and headed back to the cars.

During the entire trip, we saw so many cacti in bloom! It was very exciting for me because cacti are one of my favorite plants. They only bloom a short time each year.

That just about wraps it up! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for weekly videos. Also, be sure to check out the yoga video I filmed while backpacking! It's one of my favorite yoga videos so far.

Onward and elevated,

Amanda