It might not have been the best idea to hit Moab at the end of June. With temperatures over 100, we spent more time inside then we would’ve liked, but we still enjoyed Arches National Park.
We stayed at the Portal RV Park which is between the Visitor Center at Arches and downtown Moab— we chose it because it had some spots in the shade and because half the park was set aside for people to purchase spots, so we figured it was probably kept up pretty well, which it was. They had great WiFi, a nice laundromat, the grounds were really clean and the view was good. It did, however, smell like horse poop outside. I don’t know where it came from, but it was definitely in the air…..
and hits on a few really beautiful vistas on the way to Double O.
When you get to the end, there’s a Primitive Trail that you can take back which passes the beautiful Private Arch.
We didn’t see any signs telling us how long the Primitive Trail was vs the Main Trail, but turns out it was a bit over 7 miles. That’s about a handful of miles too long for us, but we made it before the buzzards started circling. I’ve seen the Malimish Kids handle hikes twice as hard — I felt like a wimp.
While in Moab, we also hit the main stops of Balanced Rock, the Petrified Sand Dunes and Moab Frozen Yogurt, which we happily enjoyed while driving through the park on Day 2. (We said it was over 100, right?)
Day 3 was spent at Delicate Arch.
Is it just me or should the park service be a little more specific about these trails? Would it kill them to say “This is a pretty strenuous climb up some really slick rock.”
Next time we hit the area, we’ll go when it’s a little cooler, and rent some Jeeps for some true 4x4ing.
We left Moab to head east to Durango, colorado to meet up with Tim and Amanda of Wandering Watsons!