In South Dakota, I was taken by surprise when we entered Badlands National Park, not realizing that the United States had natural beauty like it. This got me excited for our time in Moab, which had two national parks to explore, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Originally, I thought we had time for both, but we were so enthralled by Arches, that we wound up spending the entire day there, driving from place to place, and hiking along the way.
At the recommendation of the bartender the previous evening at Moab Brewing Company, we headed right to the end of the park at Devil’s Garden. There was some great hiking here, and even though it was crowded, we found it to be less crowded than the spots at the beginning of the park. Here, we got ourselves together and headed to Landscape Arch, which at 290-feet is the longest arch in the park
After a bit of hiking, we knew that there was so much more we wanted to see. We headed first to Broken Arch and then to Sand Dune Arch. Sand Dune Arch was probably my favorite because visiting it required going inside one of the formations.
One of our favorite spots, although there were no arches in sight, was Salt Valley Overlook. Here, we enjoyed some peace and quiet, took in the surroundings, and meditated for a bit. The landscape was different than the previous areas we were in, especially since the grey clouds decided to finally pass.
Continuing on through the park, Delicate Arch was up next, and although we really wanted to hike to it, it was hot and we were both a bit travel weary. Instead, we made our way to the viewpoint. Little did we realize, that was a bit of a hike as well. Still, the views were worth it.
Then, we drove to Garden of Eden, where it was windy, but we stopped for a while to watch some of the rock climbers scaling the rock formations. I have no idea how they were brave enough to climb, especially with the wind whipping about, but it was inspiring to watch from down below. On our way out, we got one last picture of the famous Balanced Rock.
Arches National Park was one of the most unique natural places I have been to. Parts of the park reminded me of my time in Namibia, but it was a place all its own. As with the other parks I visited on this trip, I already cannot wait to get back. I want to camp here and experience its beauty for a longer time period, including more time spent on its trails. I am already looking forward to experiencing it again, as well as all of the parks Utah has to offer.