off road driving
Arches National Park in eastern Utah, is a highlight of any trip to the Southwest. The bright red rock against the deep blue sky will help even the most amateur photographer take stunning photographs. This site features more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the Delicate Arch. In a desert climate millions of years of erosion have led to these structures, while the ground has life-sustaining soil crust and potholes. Other geologic formations are stone columns, spires, fins, and towers. Located near Moab, Utah, it is also a haven for adventure travel and adrenaline junkies. Compared to other National Parks in the region, the highlights can be seen within a day or two. If you are short on time, you can drive past many scenic points to snap a quick picture. With more time, make sure to hike to Delecate Arch (the iconic arch on the Utah license plates), and if you are feeling adventurous (and energetic), try a hike through Devil's Garden. Along this hike you will see such wonders as Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Wall Arch (which recently fell), Double O Arch, and Dark Angel.
Hiked Oct. 23 at sunrise, birthday trip to Moab. Fairly easy trail, we did this one and Devil's Garden to make a half day at Arches. Expect to see a lot of people on this trail, even at sunrise on a frosty late October morning there were probably 25 people at the arch. Naturally everyone wants their picture here so just let others have their turn, maybe offer to take their photo if they return the favor, that sort of thing. The hike takes you through some very interesting rock features that look so sculpted and bizarre you'd guess they're man made. Delicate Arch especially, the odd location and well defined shape are a wonder of geological forces. We brought our french press and backpacking stove to make coffee while we enjoyed the sunrise, ended up making more coffee for a few fellow hikers that weren't too bashful to ask for some. Had a great time making conversation and really enjoying one of life's little random moments.
Hiked Oct. 23, birthday trip to Moab. We ended up doing 7 miles in this area, going in as far as Double O Arch before having a few snacks and travelling back. The first section of the trail is wide and casual, the primitive portion of the trail is still fairly easy to follow in good traction shoes. Right when the primitive section starts there will be a small scramble up a slickrock hill which is slightly narrow, be careful here letting others come down, as it will probably be pretty busy. There were lots of people visiting this trail due to how many arches you can see in a short distance, as well as just the fascinating structures of the Devils's Garden walls. The different arches are all very diverse and worth checking out. Our favorites were Double O, Landscape, and Pine Tree. Remember if you start getting disoriented, hunting for cairns will show you the right direction.