Monument Basin

Monument Basin, Canyonlands National Park: Address, Monument Basin Reviews: 5/5

Monument Basin
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A scenic area along the bike route.
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The Amazing Monument Basin
Oct. 2021
The views of Monument Basin from the White Rim Road were amazing. Don't attempt the White Rim Road without a 4x4. I traveled from California in my 2000 4Runner limited and was able to drive the whole White Rim Road and Potash Road in 12 hours. Next time I'm going to take 3-4 days doing this drive so I can explore more now that I have a lay of the land.

Every turn was a new experience and the views kept changing but everywhere you looked was a spectacular landscapes. You had the buttes, valleys, chimneys, rivers and all colors of rocks. You drive miles next to valleys where every edge is straight down at least 100 feet and at times 200-300 feet.

I saw more mountain bikers than cars on the trip. Saw about 5 SUVs and about 50 mountain bikers with their chase SUVs carrying all their stuff.

Was a great trip and going back next year to do it again and explore more this time and try and get down into Monument Basin.... but haven't yet found a easy path down that doesn't involve ropes.
Written 2 November 2021
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Paul S
Marion1,565 contributions
Rugged rough and remote
Nov. 2019
Before you post a photo or review here, make sure you in fact visited Monument Basin in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park near Moab, NOT Monument Valley Tribal Park, located on the Navajo reservation several hours south of Moab, just north of Kayenta, AZ. This Monument Basin is in extremely remote and rugged territory and should not be attempted without a high clearance 4WD and then on foot. You can look down on the area from high above at Grand View Point, across the COlorado River at the end of the road in the Island in the Sky District. From there, the towering Totem Pole (the highest formation in the basin) looks like a tiny toothpick. Again, avoid confusing that with a formation of the same name in Monument Valley. This basin has no motel, no gift shop, and you very well may not see another person once you leave the visitor center and venture out into the back countrhy. Know where you are going and be prepared for self rescue. When you get back, please post some correct area pictures so people can see what the national park area (not the tribal park) actually looks like.
Written 1 December 2019
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Gene E
Cuyahoga Falls, OH283 contributions
One of many sites; all are unique.
Sep. 2019
It's difficult to always understand the Navajo appreciation for their land and the history of it. Yet we have our national monuments and SHOULD be obsessed with preservation should some outside group plan to eliminate it for their profit. All of the National Parks are unique in their beauty. Each carved by nature. each being destroyed by nature.
Written 14 September 2019
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mesatraveler
Mesa, AZ882 contributions
Remind you of Monument Valley?
Apr. 2018 • Couples
This view is quite different from the rest of Island in the Sky and it does have the same feel as Monument Valley, some 200 miles away.
Written 12 May 2018
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Vindens
Los Angeles, CA146 contributions
Wrong location
Apr. 2018 • Solo
So I was reading through the reviews here and looking at the pictures and it seems that most of the reviews and all the pictures are from Monument Valley. Monument Basin is actually sitting below the white rim in the «Island in the sky» area of canyonlands national park, and is extremely difficult to get to, do not confuse this with Monument Valley. You have prob not been to monument basin at all unless you are a very experienced adventurer. Adding a photo of Monument Basin seen from the Grand Viewpoint of Island in the sky.
Written 3 April 2018
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Paul B
Gallant, AL239 contributions
One of our favorite spots
Apr. 2016 • Couples
Just a wonderful place to visit. We enjoyed the hiking and watching the colors change throughout the day on the rock formations. Took so many photos.
Written 28 April 2016
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Patty B
Gresham, Oregon, United States25 contributions
Best Viewed from a 4x4 but worth the effort
May 2015 • Friends
Great views.
This is a place of wonder but you can NOT get here unless you have 4x4 on White Rim Trail.
You can view from the overlooks of Canyon Lands but view early in the AM to avoid potential for haze.
Remember... you can not get there without a 4x4.
Get one of the books on White Rim before you even think of going and be prepared to 'self rescue."
AWD vehicles can NOT get here and the route at times is too slippery, muddy, or just rocky for a lifted 4x2 truck.
Written 18 July 2015
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James H
Titusville3,489 contributions
Self-guided tour
Jun. 2015 • Couples
We took a look at the open back trucks filled with tourists wearing bandannas to keep the dust down and decided for the self-guided tour of the Basin. There are many turnoffs and each of the monuments takes on a different flavor as you drive around them...both in color and shape. Go in the morning to take advantage of the sunlight reflecting on the landscape. The other alternative is late afternoon when the sun creates more vivid color. Either way plan to spend several hours in order to see it all and enjoy each turnout.
Written 2 June 2015
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clambery
Yakima, WA21 contributions
Utah trip
Oct. 2013 • Couples
Utah is an awesome place to visit, beauty everywhere!! I would recommend the whole state as a great place to visit.
Written 4 September 2014
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