Arches National Park

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by bocochiro on March 26, 2007

One of the highlights I had planned for my trip to the Four Corners was a day of rock climbing with a guide on the famous slickrock in Moab, UT. I had prearranged my date, and made it to Moab the day before I was scheduled to climb. I decided to spend that day exploring Arches National Park, which is just north of town.

While you can drive right up to many of the park's impressive arches and rock formations, the best way to see it is to get out of the car and walk among them. The hike to the park's most famous formation, Delicate Arch, was my favorite. It took about 20 minutes of up-hill hiking to reach the windswept overlook.

I spent about an hour sitting next to a couple of serious photographers. They were very considerate, and didn't laugh when I tried to act like I knew how to actually use all of the features on my little digital camera. Our ultimate goal was to capture the perfect sunset at the arch. However, as the wind picked up, we started glancing behind us. There was a quite large thunderhead that seemed poised to move in and ruin the show.

Since I was traveling alone, and the wind threatened to blow me off the edge of the rim a couple of times, I decided to call it quits and high-tail it back to the car. Not all was lost, however. I did get some amazing shots of the arch, and I got to watch the storm roll in from various vistas around the park as I made my way back to town.

The down-side of all of this is that I am the only person I know who went to the desert to go rock climbing and got rained out. I guess that gives me a good excuse to get back to Moab as soon as I can!
Arches National Park
5 miles North of Moab on 191
Boulder Mountain, Utah

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