Arches National Park- Day 1

Arches National Park is one of my favorite places in the United States.  There are so many natural wonders all in one place which makes it a fascinating spot and a great vacation destination.

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We started in Arches around 4pm to avoid the heat and crowds as much as we could. There is so much to do in Moab and the surrounding areas (Canyonlands National Park, white water rafting, zip lining, horseback riding) to keep busy during the day.

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One of the first major stops in Arches is at Balanced Rock. From different angles, I thought it looked like the Lombardi Trophy or ET and BC thought it looked like a mushroom cloud.  Either way, that rock it balancing all right.

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The Garden of Eden section of Arches has 4 big arches to hike to.

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Double Arch is by far the coolest. It may be my new favorite. When I was a kid Wall Arch was my favorite but in 2008 it collapsed- probably because kids like me would climb on top of it.  (terrible child!)

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But today, I climbed all the way up the steep rock wall to the opening of Double Arch (it is allowed, I wasn’t going to hurt it) just so BC could take this super-dark photo Sad smile At least I managed not to injure myself.

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North and South Window Arch (aka the Windows) are in Garden of Eden as well as Turret Arch.

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After all that hot hiking (even late in the day), we took in sunset with our water bottles at Fiery Furnace as recommended by my Fodor’s guide book .

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All in all it was a glorious and fun afternoon in Arches National Park.  We will be back for more tomorrow!

Reader question: Hot hiking or cold hiking? I think I’d rather be cold than hot.

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