Arches National Park (Utah) has such incredible places, such as the [poi = 88326] Double O Arch [/ poi] or the area called [poi = 120728] The Windows [/ poi], but my personal favorites are the Delicate Arch and this place, which has the same name as a famous New York Avenue. There is a trail of about a mile that takes you through this canyon which is surrounded by a wall of mountains, with some resemblance to the silhouette of the Manhattan skyline.
Canyonlands National Park is one of my favorite parks in the South West United States. Its colorful landscape is amazing and it is like a labyrinth of countless canyons, mesas and buttes created by natural agents. It has a huge variety and it is absolutely huge. Some areas can only be explored with an off road vehicle (and even with those, you need to know what you are doing).
During my last trip there I decided to rent a Jeep from one of the outfitters in Moab to explore a section of the White Rim trail. I left Moab around 4am to be at Mesa Arch (you can see here a photo I took there) at sunrise to be able to shoot the arch with a rising sun. It was fantastic!
The descent into White Rim trail is absolutely breathtaking! It is a series of switchbacks that give you a gorgeous view at every step. Given the limited time available, I drove around 12 miles on the trail before I had to head back but every minute was precious and I will definitely go back for more!
In the middle of the road that crosses the park from north to south, but a little further north, turn on the road to Wolfe Ranch and Delicate arch. There are three ways to see the arch: Two for lazy folks (among whom I include myself) but also a good option for children, and the other way for the brave. The last get to the arch after walking just over 2 km, set aside about 45min to go up and 30 to return. For the lazy folks, you have to go to the Delichate Arch Viewpoint near the parking lot. Its alittle walk, about 400 meters, and you see the arc at the distance of the photos I attached.
This is the longest natural arch in the world. It is located in the Devil's garden path. It is 32 meters high and 93 meters long. In 1991 a piece of rock (20m long and 1m thick) broke off, and it was left hanging in the air.
This is a path that is situated at the end of the park. One good option is to cross it to get to the park. Here is the greatest number of arcs - nine. You don´t need to do the whole trail, it is 8 miles for a round trip. Not far away you will find the Landscape Arch, but if you are brave and you walk the 4 miles, you will see the double 0. The trail itself is definitely worth it, just for the scenery. When you go out and about 300m away towards the exit of the park there are tables next to a road which are perfect for having a picnic.
One of the most famous arches in the Arches National Park (Utah). Located in the Devils Garden, you get to this place after a walk of about 3 hours (about 5 miles round trip). Be prepared and bring plenty of water to avoid dehydration if you go in summer. There are two arches, one above the other, being the top of a much larger size.
This is one of the most stunning parks to be found in the American West. From this small park, situated in the state of Utah, you can see the erosion process which takes place in the Colorado River. There are no roads to walk on, just a couple of viewpoints, but the views are unforgettable. It was here that they filmed the final scene of Thelma & Louise, but it also became famous when it appeared in the opening scene of the film Mission Impossible II with Tom Cruise climbing up the hillside. The nearest city to the park is Moab, and the only way to get there is by car. Note: If you like this kind of scenery, make sure you don´t miss the [poi = 72428] Horseshoe Bend [/ poi].
This is possibly the most famous place in the [poi = 100902] Canyonlands National Park [/ poi], or at least the most photographed (especially with the evening sun). Despite being a really famous place, the first time I visited the park I missed it, as I chose to visit the [poi = 120730] lookout [/ poi] over the valley. And the second time I almost missed it again, as I actually only wanted to visit this park to go for a road between Canyonlands with [poi = 82472] Dead Horse Point park [/ poi], but it turned out that the road was only open to 4x4 vehicles , and despite what I thought, at the end I did not make it (although it looked spectacular). In order to reach this place, you just have to walk about 20 minutes, it is a simple path without a slope, and it is accessible for everyone.
La carretera parte de la salida de Moab (Main street highway 191) en un desvío que va a Deway.
Esta carretera va bordeando el río Colorado y el paisaje es maravilloso. Desde la roca que parece un caimán a las montañas típicas del oeste. El río con tramos sinuosos, con el atardecer o amanecer. Un espectáculo para vivir este árido paisaje que caracteriza a la región. Bordea el Arches National Park y a mitad de camino a Deway, a unos 18 km, podeis alojaros en el Red cliff lodge, en el cuál se pueden hacer actividades a caballos y es uno de los mejores sitios y recuerdos que nos llevamos del lugar.
A partir de las 28 millas desde Moab ya no ofrece tanto interés
At mile 313, 51 km from Moab and just past the Canyonlands Visitor center, you can find the Island in the Sky. Its a narrow strip of land connecting the mainland with the island and is bounded by two flowing rivers, the Colorado and the Green, 600 meters below. The Indians and cowboys took advantage of this feature to bring their cattle across. The views are majestic and impressive. The Canyonlands are not very famous, but between this place, Needles, and Dead Horse Point, I liked it better than the Arches. I attached a few unedited videos, sorry for the audio, but the images are worth it.
This is one of the most visited places in the Arches National Park, in southern Utah. In this area you can find Double O Arch the most famous arches in the park: North Window, South Window, Turret Arch and Double Arch About 10 km after the entrance of park (if you arrive early, you can make the most of the early bird admission, i.e. free, because there is nobody controlling) a right turn leads directly to these important natural monuments.
Within the [poi = 100902] Canyonlands National Park [/ poi], one of the best places from which you can appreciate the canyon that the Green River created (not that its waters are green but it´s true that they do contrast with the river Colorado when they join together, some kilomentros below in this same park). Entering the zone [poi = 120683] Island in the sky [/ poi], the same road takes you to this viewpoint, you hardly have to walk at all.
Moab is usually a stopover if you have plans to visit the national parks of Utah, Canyonlands, and Arches. Arches is 10 minutes from the city, and Canyonlands a little further. The Village has basic facilities: supermarkets, restaurants, souvenir shops, several hotels, and places where you can rent vehicles, mountain bikes, or motorcycles. The village also boasts an aquatic center, which is actually an indoor pool that runs until the summer and then gives way to an outdoor pool. This gives you a feeling of being deep in the West.
In the southern part of the park, this is a place that not many people choose to visit, instead going to Dead Horse Point, or the Island in the Sky. But if you have the time and dedication to make it to the Needles, you'll be rewarded. The Needles are found east of the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. This area, located about 122 km (76 miles) southwest of Moab, is characterized by the presence of formations actually called "needles"; rocky peaks alternating stripes of white and reddish orange. This district has a lot of arches, spires, rocky canyons and ruins, with cave paintings by Native Americans from prehistory.
This at the end of the trail on Mesa Grande with spectacular views. It's a platform carved in the valley a thousand feet below the trail. The Green River goes winding past the sandstone structures and incredible orange cliffs characteristic of a land formed by tectonic faults and layers of sedimentation. I could never get tired of admiring the colors...magenta, blue and yellow, and the castles and pinnacles of sandstone topped by white salt. It was an amazing experience!
Moab, Utah, is considered by many as a paradise for the Mountain Bike. In the surrounding area there are plenty of mountain trails of wild beauty ideal for riding a bike suitable for this purpose. That is why the bike shops in this town have multiplied and are also becoming an attraction in themselves. One of the highlights is "Moab Cyclery". There you can buy and rent bicycles as well as the services of personalized transfer to the various circuits of cycling. They have buses that leave from their own premises at different times and should get a group of at least four people to do it. In its comprehensive website is information about different types of tours, the distance from the track, its cost and schedule. I also recommend these other bike shops in Moabinube