Arches National Park

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After exploring of the Canyonlands National Park, we decided to spend another night at Horsethief Campground and head down the mountain closer to Moab and check out Arches National Park.

Entry Fee: $30 🇺🇸 / $39 🇨🇦 per vehicle.

We have the National Park Annual Pass we purchased when we went up to Canyonlands for $80 🇺🇸 /$104 🇨🇦. One more National Park and we are ahead.

The Arches National Park is north of Moab, Utah approx 8 km/ 5 miles
Horsethief Campground to Arches National Park Entrance
32 km/20 miles
Map of the Park showing all the points of interest.

The first stop for us was the Las Sal Mountains Viewpoint. It loops around and has parking for an approximately a dozen vehicles.

Courthouse Towers
From here you can see Many Towers
Myron taking in the view at La Sal Mountain Viewpoint

View of La Sal Mountain
Not the greatest photo, but you can spot an arche off in the distance.

Courthouse Towers Viewport

Just a short drive from La Sal Mountain Viewpoint is Courthouse Towers Viewpoint.

Tower of Babel
The Organ
Three Gossips
Sheep Rock. Can you see a Sheep?
You can see Sheep Rock once formed an arch.

The Great Wall

View from the road
Another road view as no place to stop safely

Petrified Dunes Viewpoint

Hmm, aren’t all rocks Petrified?
You can see the colour change

Ancient Sand Dunes: This vast area was once covered by extensive sand dunes. Some 200 million years ago, winds from the northwest carried tons of fine-grained sand into this area, creating an immense desert. Over time, the sand drifts were covered by other layers of sediment, compressed and cemented by quartz and calcite into Navajo Sandstone.

Rock Pinnacles

Approaching the rock pinnacles
Awesome rock formations
The colours layers are so fascinating

Balanced Rock

Just a short 0.5 km/0.3 miles stroll around the Balanced Rock.

Standing at 128 ft tall

The slick rock boulder of Entrada Sandstone sits attached to its eroding pedestal of Dewey Bridge mudstone.

Balanced Rock defies gravity but this won’t always be the case. Eventually, the 3,600 ton (over 4 million kg) boulder will come tumbling down as the erosional process continues to shape the landscape. ( quote from Arches National Park website)

It resembles closely to an elementary art project.

The Balanced Rock would be amazing to see in the evening, as the deep red-orange colours would come to life with the sunset. Maybe even some star gazing from the base of the rock.


Double Arch

Early morning or late afternoon would be the best time to visit. We were lucky enough to find a parking spot first try. The parking area was packed.

The Double Arch trail is a short hike of 0.8 km/0.5 miles.

Walking down the trail to the Double Arches
Absolutely beautiful

Double Arch is the tallest (112 ft/34 m) and second-longest (144 ft/44 m) arch in the park.

Amazing how these arches form.
I Spy!
Myron is somewhere in this photo

The Window Section

Back at the parking area from the Double Arches we following the trail climb stairs to the upper parking area and make our way over to the Window Section.

Screen shot of the trailer to the window sections.

We decided to explore the Window Sections on our next visit, but we did take a quick pic of the North Window.

North Window

I will do another post of Part 2 of our Arches Exploring

Canyonlands National Park, Utah—- Part 2

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We were amazed at how much there is to see and do in the Moab area. If you are a person who enjoys a good hike, some mountain biking, you could quite easily spend a week here and never be bored.

Since we are camping with our fur babies Bella and Rider, we are on a time limit and that we needed to be back by the 3 1/2 to 4-hour mark. That limited us to how many hikes we could complete.

We did manage to completed half the hikes. This gives us an excuse to come back to the area!

Grandview Point Overlook

green line shows hiking trail

Length: 2 mile round trip

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation Gain: 50 ft

If you love sunsets as we do, take in this hike late afternoon.

We stop in the parking area and grabbed a few pictures thinking we would be back in the late afternoon.

We never did make it back to Grandview Point. By 5 pm we were both exhausted and decided to add that hike to must come back to the complete.

Buck Canyon Overview

Life is a gift.

Shafer Canyon Overview

If you had a jeep or a OHV you could take this back road tour
Panoramic View
That’s a long way down.
So close to the edge, I am freaking!
I will look back at this and smile!.

Exploring the Canyonlands Nation Park, Utah

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This morning’s temp was a tad chilly -2c/ 28 f.

Since we knew we would be hiking, we dressed in layers. Well, Myron dressed in layers, I only needed a bunny hug!

The entry into Canyonlands is $30/ vehicle. Since we will be visiting at least 5 National Parks this winter, we decided it would be cheaper to buy an Annual Pass for $80 USA/ $104 Canadian. This gives you access to all National Parks in the USA. 3 National Parks and we are ahead!

The first stop was Mesa Arch.

Just a short hike to a cliff edge arch. It’s a great spot at sunrise.

I don’t know what it is about this tree that I find so fascinating
Wow, wow and WOW!!!
Amazing view from inside the Mesa Arch
Sun reflection
You can see such a long ways
He is getting mighty close to the edge
This is the shot you get when you get close to the edge. Myron took this photo of the crack in the arch, looking down.
Another angle inside the arch
”We travel not to escape life, but so life doesn’t escape us.” unknown
The rock is so smooth
Lonely tree

Next stop was Candlestick Tower Overlook

Orange Cliff Overhang

Thanks, Steve-o’s Pumping for the bunny hugs.
Panoramic View
What a great Panoramic view

Amazing views, I will post more pictures tomorrow from Canyonlands Nation Park.