Arches National Park – Moab, Utah

Double Arch Arches NP Utah
Double Arch Arches NP Utah

We are on the last leg of this great adventure! One week in Moab, Utah to take in the unbelievable sights and sounds of two magnificent national parks.  Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.  Arches National Park Utah   Canyonlands National Park

Delicate Arch Arches NP Utah
Delicate Arch Arches NP Utah

While the two are nearly touching and only about 30 miles apart and both near Moab, they are wildly different. Today is all about Arches….the next post will go into more detail about Canyonlands.  Where to start?  The entry fee is $10 per park for a seven day pass. If you plan to use any other parks within the year, it may be more cost effective to get a national park pass for $80 or you may qualify for other passes if you are disabled or a senior.  Water bottles can be refilled at the visitor center or near the campground.

OK, on to the park…Arches National Park in Utah is a wonderland of red rock formations.  The colors and textures are abundant! Everything from petrified dunes to balanced rocks to arch formations that become more delicate with erosion and time.  It is truly breathtaking at every turn! This area was once a large body of water that has been filled and drained twenty-nine times!  There is evidence of salt deposits and the rock layers speak to tell their history.

Balanced Rock Arches NP Utah
Balanced Rock Arches NP Utah

This  landscape is inspiring and massive!  The first overlook as you drive into the park is of the Lasal Mountain Range. You can see forever! It is refreshing that there nothing in sight.

Arches NP Open Vista
Arches NP Open Vista
Arches NP Utah
Arches NP Utah

After a long day at the park, we stopped in for a local favorite… the Moab Brewery! We decided to have a few samples (two per person Utah law) and a small plate of nachos. Great way to relax after time on the trails. Moab brewery

Moab Brewery Utah
Moab Brewery Utah
Moab Brewery Utah
Moab Brewery Utah

We stayed in our motorhome about three miles south of Moab at the Spanish Trail campground.  Here is what I can say positive about the experience: the campground was easy to access, the restrooms and showers were very clean and the campground was well maintained. Most of the time was spent in the parks so the campground was not as important! Now this area is extremely popular (as are most national park areas). So booking reservations early is key and the campgrounds in the parks were full every night we were there. We will have to plan better for next time to stay within the parks.

-Mara

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