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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Utah's Arches National Park

Saturday was a nice day and we decided to explore. So we headed west to Utah. Arches National Park is in Moab, UT. 100 miles from Grand Junction. Since we are so close to so many National Parks we have bought the National Park Pass. We are going to get our money's worth by going to as many as we can this year.
Jay at the Park Ave Viewpoint and Trailhead.
John with the trail in front of him. We didn't walk it but you can walk through the canyon and be picked up at the next stopping point.
Neola
Neola and John at Windows Section
John and Neola with the Balanced Rock behind them.
Jay and Neola at Balance RockJohn and Jay walking up the path to Turret Arch
Jay and Neola
John and Jay at North and South Window
Jay on back side
Neola and John
Double Arch, alittle walk from parking lot...we will explore it next time. I thought it was cool.

Skyline Arch, you can see from the road.

Neola and Jay with Delicate Arch in the background. We chose to walk to the upper viewpoint. You can hike to it but it is a 3 mile hike and uphill, plus the parking lot was full. Next time.

Jay and John on the trail to Pine Tree Arch.

John and Neola at Pine Tree Arch

Jay and Neola at the Pine Tree Arch...notice how little we are in comparison. Sun was just right to get the tree and us.

Amazing scenery...a camera just can't pick up all the colors!
On the way out of the park.
We didn't think to pack a lunch to eat at the park ...like most of the rest of the people there...they had some amazing looking sandwiches....we had water and some dry Nature Valley snack bars that Mark told us were good...none of us really like them...but they held us over till dinner. We ate in Moab at the Moab Brewery, great food..guys had burgers and I had a pasta.

We then took the "Scenic Byway" home along the Colorado River. You wind along the Colorado River Canyon...as you can see from the picture ...red rock!

2 comments:

JHRME said...

Hey! I've been there! Fun trip!

Anonymous said...

that looks like it was fun! Mark really doesn't understand the concept of good food.
~luke