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.
This was our favorite hike for this Moab trip! Super dog friendly! Lots of creek crossings but plenty of well placed rocks-didn't get wet. A couple little pools for dogs and kids to splash around in. Lots of shade. Pretty easy hike! Moab changed the trailhead name-I think it's called "Overlook" -something like that...but we just looked for the "morning glory sign" and knew it was the right one:) The Arch is amazing! Definitely a must do.
We got a self guided permit as ranger led hikes had not yet started for the season. (3/22/17)
Scenery is great, and it's a fun adventurous hike with lots of a rock scrambling, fin canyons, and feels very secluded. We only saw three other families.
We did get lost, and it made for a nerve wracking time trying to navigate our way out- which detracted from the overall experience.
Would do it again, but only with a ranger.