Moab & Arches National Park, UT. 11-13 Oct 2012

We left the hotel in Glenwood Springs, CO and headed towards Moab, UT Thursday morning.  Right before we crossed the border into Utah we pulled over to a Bureau of Land Management office which provides information about all the different parks, trails and campsites in that particular state.  The guy working at the office gave us a great, scenic route to take on our way into Moab which is the town located right outside Arches National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the country.  We continued to drive into Utah and once we turned off the freeway to take the scenic highway into Moab it became one of the most memorable drives we have taken the entire trip.  The road ran through steep canyon walls and along the Colorado river.  We pulled over to take pictures and for Jeremy to take a (very) quick dip in the river.

We pulled into Moab late afternoon, set up our campsite and had just enough time to grab a quick bite to eat and head into Arches National Park to watch the sunset.  We were told the “Windows” trail is a great place to see the sunset.  We drove through part of the park to get to our destination, stopping along the way to get pictures of the beautiful scenery.  We arrived just in time to see a great sunset.  After the sunset we headed back to our campground and took advantage of the hot tub.  We packed it in for the night early before it started to storm.

Unfortunately we woke up the next morning ready to hike but it was still raining.  Instead we decided to stay in town and enjoy the down time.  We spent the majority of the day in coffee shops reading, researching our next destination and catching up on the blog.  The weather finally cleared up around 4pm so we headed to the park to get in  a little bit of hiking in before it was too late.  We hiked for a couple hours before watching the sunset again.  After the sunset we went back into town to a great bar called Eddie McStiff’s for dinner and to watch the Cardinal’s win the National League Division Series.  After closing down the bar watching one of the best baseball games played we went back to the camp to crash for the night.

Saturday morning we woke up, packed up our campsite and left Moab for another great national park in Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park.

Mary

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