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.
Fantastic adventure! My wife and I took four of our children, ages 7,10,13 and 17, and everyone had a great time. We upgraded to the AllTrails Pro app ($30/yr) and it was absolutely essential. We used the default AllTrails map on my iPhone 7 Plus and it worked like a charm, even in Airplane Mode. We followed the standard trails to see Surprise and Skull Arch, plus several exploratory detours of our own that were simply delightful. Total trip time for our little band was 3.75 hours. Take plenty of water and snacks. Do NOT enter without a guide or a really good app.