“Slice of life becomes part of the mosaic of your times” – Charles Champlin
I desperately needed a break from life. I wanted something extraordinary and felt visiting Moab would be the perfect vacation. It took us close to 12 hours of driving to get there. It should have been 11 hours but we got sidetracked with the Spotted Wolf Canyon on the way. Who wouldn’t be distracted with this canyon? It’s absolutely stunning.
You know those rare moments where reality is better than your dreams? I knew from the second I stepped into Arches National Park it was the beginning of a new adventure. My writing won’t do justice for the beautiful yet terrifyingly rugged terrain still stuck in my mind like jammed staples in a stapler
We arrived a little before sunset thinking we’d have enough time to see the Delicate Arch. In our excitement, we attempted to hike it at night and ended up getting lost. It was completely dark and unless you have the right equipment, extremely foolish to even try to do the 3-mile round trip hike. We decided to come back the next day and was totally blown away by this free standing arch. Is this even real? I never even thought anything this beautiful existed. Seriously.
After leaving the Delicate Arch. We drove to Devil’s Garden. Here you will find seven different arches. The Landscape Arch, Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Double O Arch, and Dark Angel Arch. The loop is approximately 8 miles. I found the hike to be difficult. Someday I’ll be back to conquer Devil’s Garden loop.
The Windows hiking trail is my personal favorite because you can see several arches at once and the terrain is pretty easy. If you have an SLR camera, bring your ultra wide lenses or take a panoramic picture from your phone. The arches are spectacular. The time I spent here will always hold a special place in my heart.
Here are just a few of my tips if you plan on visiting Moab.
1. Bring lots of drinking water and food. The park is huge and you don’t want to waste your time leaving the park to buy food.
2. Bring your own trash bag/napkins/paper towels. Wear a cap and put sunscreen on.
3. Make sure you have a full tank of gas before you enter the park. You need a minimum of 2 full days to explore the park.
4. Don’t leave the map in the car especially if you plan to go on hiking trails.
5. Get good hiking boots. This is a requirement because you’ll be hiking a lot.
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6. If you plan to hike at night use a headlamp. It’s better to leave your hands free while hiking instead of holding a flashlight.
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