Today we drove through red rock canyons and then up into the snow-covered La Sal Mountains. Our scenic drive ended with a good look at some Desert Bighorn Sheep.
Tower Arch is one of those rare places in a National Park where you can go on a published trail and see very few people, if any at all. It was a lovely day for this three and a half mile round-trip hike.
Delicate Arch is a widely recognized symbol of the state of Utah. It adorns many of their license plates including their centennial plate. The trail to the best viewing point is a mile and a half of uphill hiking, but it is quite worth the effort. The arch stands on the edge of a cliff with the La Sal Mountains in the background. Beautiful.
The Fiery Furnace Tour is the best guided tour in Arches National Park. The general public is not allowed in that area without a guide, and it's an interesting hike among the red rocks and fins, with a few hidden arches that you can't otherwise see.
In this entry we do a little hiking in some of the more popular areas along the park road in Arches National Park. We got great looks at some of the named rock formations and arches on a gorgeous day.
In March and April of 2008 and 2009, we were privileged to be campground hosts in Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. In those four months we hiked every trail in the park, and we can tell you that the Devil's Garden Trail is the best one. We hiked it three times and this was the first of those opportunities. Later, we took friends and family that visited on this hike - (photo below). It's worth the effort if you are up for the whole thing, but you can also do a fairly easy two-mile roundtrip and at least see Landscape Arch, the longest span of natural arch in the United States and fifth longest in the world.
Linda & I were campground hosts at Arches National Park in March and April of both 2008 and 2009. That was our first taste of the five outstanding National Parks in Utah, and for those four months we "lived" at the end of the eighteen-mile park road in the Devil's Garden Campground. We told everyone we had the most beautiful driveway in the world, and this post was just the beginning of our explorations throughout the park.