We made it to Moab, Utah in the late afternoon, with intentions of finding a cheap motel room for the one night stay. No such luck, as all of the hotels were booked up. We set out a winding two lane road in search of a campsite and had similar luck. We ended up finding a BLM campsite that was literally on the banks of the Colorado just before sunset. Even though it was primitive (no water, toilet, etc.), the views were overwhelming. The bubbling and rushing of the river lulled us to sleep in this beautiful canyon. These were also some of the darkest night skies I’ve ever seen. Truly majestic!
The day heated up quickly and we set off for Arches National Park. This was one of the best National Parks that I’ve visited. There were easily accessible trails for every traveler (including the lazy variety like myself). The Arches and narrows were mind-blowingly huge. My breath was taken away after every turn! If you plan to ride through the park by car and do most of the shorter trails (less than one mile), I would give yourself around 5 or 6 hours. My favorite parts of the day were just resting under the giant arches and taking it all in. Be prepared for picture overload!
Arches NP exceeded my expectations on every front… We have been talking about it since we left there three days ago! More Utah next 🙂