Monday, June 22, 2015

Some Time in the Arches National Park


The Arches National Park was great the first time we saw it and equally great to see this time around.  Last time we stayed at Dead Horse Point State Park but this time we stayed at Archview RV Resort and Campground Campground.
We got a site on the front row and could see the some arches in the distance which was very nice.  The campsite was in the newer area and even though we were a ways from the Office, the campground wifi worked great.  
Not sure what bug we picked up but for the first couple of days here near Moab, Pam and I both felt a little puny so we didn't get out and hike as much as we thought we would.  We did take a couple of rides through the National Park and stopped at the major photo observations points.

The Vistor's Center is another one of the first rate facilities.  It does a good job of providing some great information displays and has a top notch introduction / orientation video.
Lasal Mountains
Park Avenue
Balanced Rock
Turret Arch
North and South Window Arch
Double Arch
The Delicate Arch requires a bit of a hike and I went over early on Father's Day morning.  Early as in I left the Roadrunner before 5:00 AM and drove 40 minutes over to the trail head.  I was not alone on the trail before the sun came up.
It was dark, but there was still enough light to see the trail.
As I neared the trail end up near the Delicate Arch, I saw the early-early birds already there.
About 20 minutes before sunlight, I got to the top and snapped up some shots.

They say the best light bounces off Delicate Arch at sunset.  But I'm still glad I made the hike and got to see it in the morning.  It was a good way to start the day!

While see the Arches, we also went over the the National Park campground.  It definitely is not one for big rigs but looked like a great place for tents and smaller trailers and campers.
Camp Host Quarters
RV-Dreams founders Howard and Linda Payne were camp hosts here a number of years ago and it is where we first saw some intriguing pictures of this place.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!

6 comments:

  1. We loved Arches but it was so packed with people that it was hard to see anything. No where to park and lots of people in all the pictures. But it is so beautiful there.

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    1. During the high season in the last month, we have found it very busy at these popular places so we try to get into the parks early --- like 8:00 or 8:30 which seems to help.

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  2. We were there at the end of September last year and really enjoyed it. The crowds at that time of the year were light and the weather was very nice. One of our top parks thus far.

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  3. Thankful for early risers such as yourself who get up to capture the morning beauty for others like me!! :)

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  4. One of my favorite parks in UT; looking forward to visiting it again sometime in the next few years.

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