Road Trip to Colorado – Arches N.P.

The mosquitoes that had been relentless the night before (this post) were slightly less so in the morning.

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However the surroundings were beautiful as the sun reached the west side of the canyon.

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But we didn’t linger around camp. We packed up and drove just north of Moab to the entrance of Arches National Park.

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The cliffs on the left side of the photo are part of Arches and that’s the Colorado River flowing our of the canyon in the center of the photo.

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I had been here once or twice before but that was almost forty years ago. (Oh yeah, I was going to find my old slides and see if I have photos from back then.)

I don’t remember the names of all the arches. Besides sometimes I don’t want to know what names other people have used for formations. I like to enjoy them without always having to see or think of something that is not a rock. I’ll make up my own name if something comes to me.

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We had one day to see the park and, knowing that it was going to be a hot day, we decided to start with one of the longer trails. Out and back on the more traveled trail would have been about 5 miles. We ended up taking the “primitive” route to come back and that was 7 miles.

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I thought about giving up taking photos because it seem so hard to capture the grandeur, the color, the textures.

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But of course I continued to shoot photos and I am sharing some of my favorites.

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Distances are so deceptive in this country. We had seen these rock walls in the distance and I had thought, “it’s a good thing we’re not going there”. The “primitive route” took us around those and beyond.

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Cairns are important in finding the trails over slickrock and through washes. Seeing those little rock towers kept us on track in places where the trail wasn’t obvious.

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More from Arches National Park in the next post.

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2 thoughts on “Road Trip to Colorado – Arches N.P.

  1. Awesome pictures! I love rock formations and will probably never get to this park so thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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