We left Capitol Reef National Park in order to see some more red rocks and canyons. Our next destination was Moab with the Arches National Park and the Canyonlands National Park.
It takes 2.5 hours to drive from Capitol Reef to Moab. We stopped at the Goblin Valley State Park and stretched our legs a bit amongst these funny looking rocks:
This state park isn’t very big and offers only three short hikes, but due to the unique rock formations, it is definitely worth a visit.
These rock pinnacles consist of different layers of sandstone and erosion forms them over the decades to mushroom shaped formations or little goblins! And you can totally see little dwarfs and gnomes in them! Those were my most favorite ones:
The big nosed dwarf: The double headed, happy and sad goblin:
And the five mushroom headed gnomes… wait a minute…!
We arrived in Moab in the early afternoon and drove into Arches National Park straight away as we knew that one section of the park, Devils Garden, will be closed for a while from the next day on.
As the name indicates, Arches National Park is famous for its natural arches. More than 2000 can apparently be found within the boarders of the park. No worries, we didn’t visit all of them .
There is an easy trail that connects the arches of Devils Garden. The most favorite arch is Landscape Arch, apparently also the widest arch in the US.
You will also pass some more arches, like those two for example:
Pine Tree Arch Tunnel Arch
If you follow the road a little bit back, you can visit Skyline Arch.
My favorite arch on our first day in the park was Sand Dune Arch. It’s hidden behind these rocks…
and you have to follow a narrow corridor in order to find it.
Tatatataaaa: Sand Dune Arch!
As the afternoon light makes the red rocks shine even more pretty, we made sure we got some nice shots of Balanced Rock…
… and Park Avenue:
Today was our second day in the park and we hit the rest of the sights. Unfortunately we had a lot of clouds today, so the red rocks didn’t shine as bright as yesterday.
We started with the Windows section where you can visit several arches:
Can you guess where this part of the park got it’s name from? The next picture might help you solve this mystery…
Next to the windows we found what I think is the most stunning arch in the park: the Double Arch…
We have saved what is said to be the main highlight of the park till last: Delicate Arch. We didn’t just look at it from the viewpoints, we hiked up to it from Wolfe Ranch.
Wolfe Ranch belonged to a settler named Wolfe who lived in this area in this very primitive house…
The hike up to Delicate Arch is not very long (3 miles round-trip) but climbs steadily on slickrock so it can be called strenuous.
However, you get rewarded with great views on the way…
… and when you’re on top it’s not far until you peek around a corner…
…only to find Delicate Arch! Definitely worth the effort!
OK, but now enough about arches for today! And tomorrow, we will visit Canyonlands National Park.
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