We have been having a great time in Moab, it’s probably the most active we have been as far as hiking goes in some time and instead of doing daily or one big update about Moab we will break it up by area.
Besides the Arches there are hundreds of soaring pinnacles and huge fins and giant balanced rocks that demands your attention as well.
You can simply drive the roads in the park and be see a lot but there are numerous hikes ranging from very short and easy to pretty darn long if you really want to be in awe. There are hikes harder than we care to do but as we have mentioned before, we are far from being the hard core hikers, however we did a pretty darn big chunk of the hikes offered.
Probably the most famous arch in the park is Delicate Arch. It’s the iconic Arch of Utah in general and the hike to it is considered difficult. Mainly because the hike is all uphill to reach it.
We decided that because we kept hearing how strenuous the hike was we would get up early one morning and be at the trailhead at 7am so we could hike it during the cool part of the day.
Not only hiking it in the morning made for a cooler hike but there were certainly less people which was a bigger plus to me than avoiding the heat.
Delicate Arch was pretty cool, and just seeing it because it is such a famous Arch and hike was worth it in itself but it really was not our favorite Arch in the park and we didn’t think it was the most “delicate” either. Actually we felt that the Landscape Arch was much more delicate because at its thinnest section the arch is only 6 feet thick, yet it supports a span of rock 290 feet long.
You can reach the Landscape Arch by doing the Devils Garden hike that we did right after the Delicate Arch hike. By the time we hit that trail the crowds were starting to gather for the holiday weekend and the trails were so full of people that you had to pick & choose just the right time to fart in fear of being caught LOL!!
We found that branching off on side trails that were marked “Primitive Trail Difficult Hiking” allowed us to get away from the crowds for the most part. I figured that the non-English speaking visitors thought that the sign said “Danger Keep Out” so they didn’t venture on them. Whatever the reason it worked for us. Lucky for us we got to the area early in the week and we are staying for two weeks and have the luxury to hike on the week days and avoid most of the crowds by not venturing out a bunch on the weekend. And we didn’t feel the need to make real long days of it, normally 6 hour days and then we called it good.
That’s about it for Arch’s from us. We have done a lot more but that will all come in later updates.