Arches National Park is a beautiful landscape of wind eroded sandstones where gaping holes are left in the form of arches. Many of these arches frame the landscape through what appear to be windows, creating a breathtaking sight to behold.
There are easy hikes which are easily accessible from the parking lots, leading directly to the trailheads, some of which are short enough to be completed under 15 minutes. We spent about 5-6 hours in the park.
At the end of the loop road, The Devil’s Garden offers a more strenuous hike around a 12 mile loop, which begins on a well-trodden path and evolves into a primitive trail presenting more of a challenge.
I would love to come back and check out the park at night, the night sky is supposed to be spectacular with full field of view star gazing, horizon to horizon.
If you haven’t booked a timed-entry ticket, then you can enter the park outside of timed-ticket hours (before 7AM or after 4PM).
Township of Moab
This is a little town with lots of life and huge energy. Originally established as a mining town for the uranium in the Canyonlands, now a hotbed of adrenaline seekers – think of an thrilling activity and it’s probably here:
- White water rafting on the Colorado River
- Sky diving
- Base jumping (there’s a guy in town who offers tandem!)
- Canyoneering, Rappeling, Abseiling
The food is pretty good too – we ate at 98 Centre which offered modern Vietnamese fare. It has a very hip vibe, you can tell it’s the place to be.
Another suggestion was Singha Thai, which is next door. So both very easily accessible from the centre of town.
Canyonlands National Park
Blog post coming
Dead Horse Point State Park
If you’re into dinosaurs, this is the place to get your fix. Moab Giants is an indoor and outdoor exhibit of dinosaurs and all things prehistoric. https://moabgiants.com/
More information available at the NPS website:https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm