An Arches Adventure

Chris and I at Arches National Park

Going to Arches National Park in Moab this June was amazing! We had such a great time and accomplished so much during our long weekend getaway.  We left work early and when we got down there, we were so ready to get out of the car and go on a hike to see one of the many famous arches.  Before even checking into the campground, we went on Potash Rd. (which is on the left right when you enter the city) and drove ten minutes until we got to the Corona Arch Trail.  We thought it was going to be a 20 minute round-trip hike, so we left our water bottles in the car, wore the shoes and jeans we had on, and began our hike.  We started moving pretty fast because we wanted to see the arch and get to our campsite.  Within seconds, we felt the 100 degree temperature beating down on us and we kept hoping that the arch would be around the next corner.

Sunset at Arches National Park

If you go and see Corona Arch, it will take about an hour from start to finish.  Even though it was longer and harder to get to than we had expected, it was definitely one of our favorite arches we saw in Moab.  It looked beautiful in the setting sun (and it felt great being in the shade as well).  We scurried back to our car and were glad we did because when it starts getting dark, right around 9pm, it gets really dark within minutes and becomes hard to see your footing.

We got to our Slickrock Campground cabin around 9:30pm.  No we did not stay in a tent and yes we were both glad that we didn’t.  Even at 10pm it was 100 degrees and we had AC in our cabins, places to plug in our phones, and comfortable beds.  We woke up early to get into Arches National Park, which was a $10 fee, and to meet up with our friends Jessie and Mike. We all loved checking out the Landscape Arch, Sand Dune Arch, and especially the arches where you park right off the road and take a short trail (under .5 miles altogether) to an arch.  Luckily Jessie and Mike are really active like us because we loved going right up to the arches to take pictures and going inside of them.  The arches look amazing when you see them at a distance, but when you get closer, they become even more incredible.

Chris and I at Delicate Arch

Another favorite arch was Delicate Arch, which is probably the most well-known arch in the park.  The hike was long and hot.  We would try to wake up early in the morning, hike until about 11 or noon, and then call it a day when the heat became too unbearable.  The hike to Delicate was about 3 miles round-trip, but it was so worth it after we get up close and got some pictures.



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Elise loves travelling and experiencing new cultures and activities. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in the West for 8 years and loves the mountains, outdoor activities, and of course skiing. Elise works in the Marketing Department of Mountain Reservations as a SEO and Social Media coordinator. Connect to epearson: Google+ | LinkedIn

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