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Arches National Park’s Awesomeness

Arches National Park’s Awesomeness

I flew out to Utah for my son’s wedding.  There was a free day and I had never been to Moab.  I had seen pictures because my son loves to mountain bike there.  I drove to Moab to see the beauty of the reds and orange formations for myself.  I didn’t have long because I was expected back for dinner so I chose Arches National Park as my destination.  Other detours you can take that are near Arches is Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hell’s Revenge, Double Arch, and Corona Arch.  Hell’s Revenge is for your serious mountain bikers and ATVers.

Dead Horse Point State Park offer beautiful views of cliffs and the Colorado River.  It amazes me how nature has produced these beautiful landforms and colors.  Standing in the middle of this beauty truly centers you.  You realize how small and insignificant you are.  It helps put things into perspective and realize what is really important in life.  Back to my trip.  I had time for a couple of hikes.  The first hike was to Delicate Arch.  I am going to say it was a pretty easy hike but people with altitude issues (like me) might have to dig deep.  Pictures always say it better than words although they can’t compare to standing and experiencing this beauty in person.

I came around the last corner of the hike and before me appeared Delicate Arch.  It was an amazing sight.  The size of it alone takes your breath away.  My eyes couldn’t believe how beautiful it was.  I just stood there and just gawked as if Luke Bryan stood before me.  There were people walking out to the arch and getting their pictures taken.  To get to the arch I had to walk around on a steep incline with a smooth surface.  I had to dig deep again and talk to myself like a crazy woman but I made it around. There was a young woman under the arch getting her picture taken by her significant other.  As she took pictures, she jumped in the air twisting and bending like a cheerleader.  The wind started blowing and all I could think was with the next jump the wind would pick her up like a sail.  Augh, I know, dramatic.  I see two men sitting a ways back from the arch and I thought it was a perfect place to have the photographer standing when I do my cheer under the arch.  I approach the men who spoke very little English but understood what I was hoping for (not the part that they wouldn’t take off with my brand new phone). As I approached the arch I could see through to the other side and realized it was a shear drop to the other side.  Yup, straight down.  The wind seemed to be getting stronger with each step I took.

Would I do it again?  Absolutely!

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The following are a couple of tours offered in the Moab area.  For more information please call 1-866-810-8913 or email traveling.flip.flops4u@gmail.com

Moab Combo: Colorado River Rafting and Canyonlands National Park- 139.00

This outdoor adventure combo from Moab takes you off-roading through Canyonlands National Park, followed by a guided rafting trip on the Colorado River. Your guide introduces you to the scenic natural wonders of Canyonlands’ Island in the Sky by 4-wheel drive (4WD), including sections of the Shafer Trail and White Rim Road. Enjoy a buffet lunch before an afternoon rafting the white-water rapids of the mighty river. Admire deep canyons, ancient rock art, fossils and natural stone arches on this day trip, great for all ages.

Hell’s Revenge 4×4 Off-Roading Tour from Moab-86.00

Roam over the sandstone domes and slickrock ledges of Hell’s Revenge near Moab on this off-road adventure by UTV (utility terrain vehicle). Follow an experienced guide in your 4-passenger Kawasaki Teryx 4 as you navigate the difficult terrain, full of steep climbs and descents. You’re treated to views of the La Sal Mountains, the Colorado River and the sandstone cliffs of Negro Bill Canyon. Travel in a small group of up to four vehicles on a 2.5-hour morning, afternoon or sunset tour.

Moab Dinner Cruise with Sound and Light Show- 69.00

Experience one of the most unique sound and light shows in the world on this 3-hour excursion at Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah. Enjoy a cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner in a dining room overlooking the Colorado River. Then take a slow-moving evening boat ride as 40,000 watts of natural light illuminate the canyon’s walls. Watch as the lights, shadows, music and narration make the stories of the canyon’s formation, creation and history come to life — as learned from the early settlers of the area.

Moab Canyoneering Adventure- 103.00

Outdoor enthusiasts will learn canyoneering skills including rappelling, rope-assisted down climbs and chimneying through slot canyons on this half- or full-day adventure from Moab. Travel into the red rock terrain of southern Utah by 4WD, then practice navigating narrow canyon walls as you learn the basics from a professional guide. Spend the morning or afternoon on an easier route, or select a moderately difficult full-day tour (including lunch) at Robbers Roost — a 2-hour drive away. Suitable for physically fit adventurers; all equipment provided.

Guided Full-Day Mountain Bike Tour in Moab- 110.00

Spin along dusty desert trails and experience the best of Utah on this full-day mountain bike tour in Moab. Bring your own bike or rent a full-suspension mountain bike for your tour, then follow a guide along rugged biking trails around Moab. During your 7-hour mountain biking adventure, choose the biking route to match your ability and experience. Test your endurance on the Moab Brand Trails, zoom along Klondike Bluff or the Slickrock Bike Trail or push yourself to the limit on routes like Porcupine Rim and Amasa Back.

 

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YK • June 27, 2016


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