Arches National Park – First Day Exploring the Arches

A Week Based in Moab

Another October half-term, another week spent exploring the national parks of the American south-west!
This time, John and I were joined by my parents and my gorgeous little cousin. Camping was vetoed (😂) so we rented a lovely condo in Moab, a perfect spot to explore Arches National Park, Dead Horse State Park and Canyonlands National Park.

The gang – me, my cousin Anne, my dad and mum, and John

Our first day was spent exploring Arches National Park, a short drive from Moab. After paying the $30 park entrance fee, we stopped for a wander around the smallish visitor center. Then a spectacular drive, winding up the red cliffs. The first stop along the road is Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers.

Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers

Courthouse Towers in Arches National Park
Enjoying the sun at Courthouse Towers

A moderate descent into the valley, we enjoyed the growing warmth as the soaring cliff walls sheltered us from the wind. John, Anne and I doubled back to get the car and picked my parents up at the view point at the end of the valley.

Balanced Rock

Next stop was Balanced Rock, an easy walk around the base with views across the distant La Sal Mountain range.

Balanced Rock

The Windows (North and South) and Turret Arch

We then continued to The Windows (North and South) and Turret Arch. A short walk up and around was well worth the gorgeous views.

How gorgeous is that shot of my beautiful mum, with the double rainbow?!

We finished off by driving to the viewpoint of Delicate Arch, but it was so rubbish (the viewpoint, not Delicate Arch!) and far away that I didn’t even bother getting a photo. John and I plan to make the short 3 mile round trip one sunset this week.

A fantastic first day – slightly wind and sun burned (despite sun cream!), shedding and putting on of multiple layers (I wish I’d taken a wool hat to cover my ears), we headed home for cups of tea and a lazy rest of the day reading books and bbq-ing steaks!

Waiting for the pit toilet 🤣

Read about more hikes in Arches National park, Canyonlands and Dead Horse State Park.

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Traveling Teacher

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