Arches

Our 2019 Spring Break is dedicated to a National Parks tour, since our youngest son Alex has the 4th grade National Parks passport. The first day was a drive from Denver to Moab. Naturally, we had to stop at the border rest stop for some gratuitous pictures welcoming us to Utah.

The entrance to Arches National Park is just a few miles North of Moab, so we decided to swing by on our way into town to both stretch our legs and christen the adventure. We were immediately infatuated with the park. While it may not present the backcountry opportunities of Yosemite or Glacier, the colors and rock formations are stunning.

We came back to the park on the afternoon of our second day in town. The boys wanted another shot at climbing the walls around Double Arch. We also made quick work of the 3 mile round trip hike out to Delicate Arch to catch the sunset. It was well worth the effort. The arch itself was swarming with tourists catching selfies, but the colors and the snow-capped peaks in the background made for an eye popping scene.

We did a little more scrambling around the Windows and Balanced Rock, and called it a trip. There was so much more to see, but our itinerary was full. We all agreed that this was a park worth returning to.

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