For the next leg of our grand roadtrip, the gang made their way to the… “Beehive State”?.. Hmm, not so sure about this one. But we knew one thing for sure: you can’t go to Utah without stopping by Arches National Park. Home to many beautiful natural formations and trails. But be careful, the temperatures can reach dangerously high levels, and it can be unsafe if exposed to the sun for too long!
Our first hike in Arches was the renowned “Devil’s Garden”. A 7 mile loop around a primitive trail led by cairns (stacked rocks). We went before the sunrise to avoid the heat. And it was BEAUTIFUL!!
Our next hike later that afternoon was “Delicate Arch”. This has to be one of the most popular hikes in the entire park. And remember how I said to be careful about the heat? Yeahh… we learned that lesson the hard way. Delicate Arch is only 3 miles total, but with the blistering heat, our team was panting and soaked in sweat as we finally made our way back to the parking lot. But it was really cool to see, nonetheless.
Our group had a campsite right on the Colorado River, near a campsite right outside the park. And for only 15 dollars a night, included a personal beach!! You can bet that we took advantage of that!
The city of MOAB is an entirely different paradise. Located outside of the park, it seems to be the only functioning city within a hundred miles, surrounded on all sides by arid desert… truly a gem that must be visited while you’re at the park.