Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Days 3 & 4: Arches National Park

After a refreshing night of sleep at Mesa Verde, I woke up early to pack up my campsite and drive to Arches National Park.  It was only a few hours to Moab, and the scenery along the way was absolutely gorgeous!  When I arrived at the park, I was disappointed to see a sign saying that the campground was FULL!  However, I decided it would be worth a drive up there just to check it out...luckily I found a spot because someone had cancelled due to the high temps!

After setting up my camp site, I went off to explore.  Unfortunately it is impossible to capture just how amazing the park is...but here are my best attempts!

On a lot of the trails, they use rock cairns to mark the way.

Balanced Rock 

After a long day of exploring, I attended the nightly program at the campground, where a park ranger told us the story of a family who had moved from Pennsylvania to Arches.  It was a lot of fun!  Then it was bedtime.  The next morning, I got up early and packed up and went on a hike through Devil's Garden.  That was my favorite place - the Double O Arch hike was tough, but absolutely gorgeous!  

I definitely want to go back to Arches and spend more time there, but it was time to get on the road.  I pulled out my map and settled on driving a few hours up to Rifle, CO.  It was a small town, but very nice.  I checked into a hotel (was in need of a shower and a place to do laundry) and spoke with the desk clerk about places to hike.  She recommended I check out Rifle Falls State Park, so I got my stuff into my room, through on a hat and some sunscreen and headed back out.  The place was super crowded, but I still loved it.  

That night I had dinner at Sammy's, a local brewery and I spoke with the bartender, an avid hiker, and he recommended that I check out Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs.  More about that amazing place in the next post!


  1. Totally jealous! This looks like an awesome adventure! So proud of you!

  2. Amazing pictures! Looks like you have an a great trip!