I shared this post a few weeks ago over at A Peek Into My Paradise! If you're looking for one last fun trip for the summer, Arches National Park is it!
Today I am sharing about an adventure we took for our anniversary to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. My husband and I love to take little trips and some of the national parks are pretty incredible.
A trip to Arches wouldn't really be a trip if you didn't see Delicate Arch. It's one of the more famous arches.
We got someone to take a picture of us hiking up a slope to get there. We went in February and even though it's Southern Utah, it was a little bit chilly.
The picture on the left is what you'll see when you round the corner of a "mountain". On the left is a shadow picture my hubby took of us standing underneath it. There is a large bowl-like valley below it so that's what the shadow is reflecting.
This is called Landscape Arch. It used to be thicker but in the 90's a big part of it came crashing down, leaving it really thin at some points.
Even though you can't see the hole above it, this is called Double O Arch. The trail to get there was a little steep but well worth it in the end. We saw a few families there with us.
We were trying to figure out why this is called Dark Angel. It's only slightly darker than some of the other rocks around it. You can see this if you continue on a trail past Double O.
To go through the "Fiery Furnace", you have to go with a park ranger on a tour.
At one point, they let us crawl through a hole (picture top right) and then come through a very narrow section in between the rocks (left). The hubby decided he'd had enough narrow spaces for the day.
If you look closely, there are some narrow and steep stairs on the left. This was close to the end of the tour.
We had a little extra time and headed over to Canyonlands for a couple of hours. This is the Mesa Arch which opens to show you.....
.....all of this below! Canyonlands isn't so much of a hiking area but more backpacking or biking in to camp out.
Here are some tips for any outdoor adventure:
1. Take water! No matter how long you think you'll be gone, it's always better to be safe. Bring along a small water bottle for even the littlest of adventures. We invested in some backpacks with the water pouches and they have been life savers! It helps keep the water colder longer and you don't have to keep stopping to pull out a bottle.
2. Take snacks. Granola bars, gummy snacks, trail mix....whatever you like, take something along just in case you need a little energy before getting back to your car.
3. Dress appropriately. If you know you will be going through a lot of brush, wear long pants. I usually carry around at least a long sleeved shirt or sweatshirt just in case the temperature is different with the changes in elevation. It will make life so much more comfortable!
4. Have fun! Know your limits and what your body can handle. Follow signs and maps to help you get to where you need. Going to any national park is an adventure and there is usually plenty for you to do.
Britney blogs at The Princess & Her Cowboys and is always up for an adventure. When not outdoors, she likes to read, craft and watch a good movie.