Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stop 2: Arches National Park

After leaving Monument Valley, we drove north to Moab. Leaving Monument Valley and driving north, gazing out the window at the gorgeous scenery, we came up a small hill and noticed people standing in the middle of the road. At first we were wondering why these people were in such a bad spot. Then David looked in the rear view mirror and said, "Oh, I see why, we're pulling over." 

After standing in the middle of the road and gawking, we continued north. Our first stop was Goosenecks State Park in southern Utah. One of the world's best examples of an entrenched meander, D put together this panoramic to give a better sense of what it was really like.

From Goosenecks we hit the road and went straight to Moab, and Arches National Park. We spent 2 nights in Moab, so we'd have plenty of time to spend in Arches. We drove through the whole park, and did a lot of hikes to visit some of the arches. The first night we did the hike to see see Delicate Arch at sunset. This is something I highly recommend for any visitor. It's quite an experience, people come to watch the sunset on this arch like they'd go to a drive in movie. Just spectacular.

Some other highlights in Arches included Double Arch, Landscape and the ranger guided hike through the Fiery Furnace.

After 2 nights in Moab, and a delicious dinner at the Desert Bistro, we hit the road and drove into Colorado to visit Mesa Verde National Park. More on that later!

1 comment:

  1. So glad to have found your Goosenecks State Park photos. I'll be in the SW from Mar 4-11 and I've now added this to my list to see and photograph.