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Alex and Julie’s Romps to Utah
Part IV
Arches National Park

All of Part IV pictures can be view at Travelingman2
Past TC reports I-IIIb at Truck Camper Report


June 07,2008.

Our overnight stay at Spanish Trail was uneventful and the use of their Wifi allowed me to catch up with e-mails and bill paying.
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During our short stay we met some fellow TCers, they are from BC, Canada and have been TC traveling for several years.
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Today we will go to Arches National Park, never been there before I pulled out the park map. My wife and I looked it over deciding on what to see inside, keeping it down to just a few sites to see, I hate having to rush.

Traffic was light this morning on Hwy191 and very bright, this made me wonder if it was going to get hot today (not a day over 85 yet). Arriving at Arches in short order we did our postcard picture posing at the entrance sign.
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Now I know why traffic was light everyone was here to see Mother Nature’s works of natural art. Waiting to get pasted the main entrance wasn’t so bad and buying the America the Beautiful pass back in Zion NP has paid off.
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Parking area at the visitor center was busy and not hard to find a space for our rig with people making quick stops at the center. Inside was hustle of people from all over the world come to see America? Many displays showing information on the different arches and regional Indians were done in an informative manner. I did some talking with one of the ranger on some of the sight we want to see, armed with new knowledge our goals on our list where lessen in order not to be rushed.

Outside a few more photos were taken. Julie wants to take home a little souvenir that was outside. Back to the TC and heading to the interior of Arches.
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Into Arches
Not long after the short climb up the hill we saw the beginning of many wondrous natural sights. (Courthouse area)
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Motoring further into the interior brought us to the Petrified Dunes area with La Sal Mountains in the background. I just couldn’t image that these were once blowing sands eons ago.
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This was a momentary stop and then off to Balancing Rock. One can’t miss Balancing Rock from the roadway as it does tower above everything else that is close by.
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Balancing Rock
Around Balancing Rock is a well laid out walking path that is design to handle a horde of human traffic. Taking a walk around was easy and we got to see the many faces of Balancing Rock.
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Windows area was down the road and that was our next sight to see. Upon arriving at Window was indeed a sight to behold.
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Windows Area


This place is indeed a beauty and crowded, parking in the lower loop was lucky for that place us close to Double Arch. Many tourists, like us, couldn’t wait to make the short walk out to Double Arch.
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Double Arch
Once out there, under the arches one see how huge these arches are. Two young men were there to practice repelling down part of the arch base. From Double Arch we went on a short walk across the island in the parking area loop to N & S Window Arches.
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Again all the paths to each arch are laid out for easy walking so max number of people can enjoy them in a up and close way. Time went by and we made our way to Turret Arch, which is close to N & S Window.
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We said our good bye to this awesome area and made the drive out to delicate Arch, seeing many eye views along the way.
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Finding a spot to park wasn’t as hard at Delicate Arch as in the last two areas. There are two ways to see Delicate Arch, one way is to take the hiking trail or drive to the alternate viewing area. We decided to hike in for the “up and personal” touch of Delicate Arch.
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Trail to Delicate Arch goes by the historical “Wolfe Ranch” which is very close to the parking area. Looking ahead of us there is a bridge crossing over a small creek with abundant of grasses and other native plants. Information sign at the trailhead said 1.1 miles to Delicate Arch and the trail ahead didn’t seem so bad until we traveled far enough up the trail to see this steep rise.
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Are really going to climb that my Julie said, my only reply was Yep, let’s get going. Leaping lizards, I saw just one dash out on the path, grab than unsuspecting insect and wolfed it down, then it zoom over to a path side rock.
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Lizard Duel
Well it was a good climb for us and we are almost there, we’ve reached a flat area and across it is the final path to the arch.
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Was it worth the hike up here, you bet it was.
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Delicate Arch
Too bad we didn’t have more time to be here, bye arch and down we headed back. I was also considering were to camp tonight, looking down at the parking area I noticed shadows getting longer with the sun racing for the horizon.
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Exiting Arches National Park we went back to Hwy 128, along the Colorado River are some BLM run campgrounds, hopefully there’s room somewhere. After checking several sites out and not finding any openings I headed back to Goose Island campground and talked with the campground host. As luck would be he told us of an unmarked BLM site near Dead Horse Point and that’s where we are going in the morning. Arriving as the sun was meeting the horizon and it’s been a long day.
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June 08,2008. What could be better than waking up to a clear sparking morning.
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Part V coming soon: Dead Horse Point State Park, Long Canyon and Pucker Pass.

* This post was edited 08/14/08 02:33am by c.traveler2 *


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Nice pictures. I've been there several times without the camper. A very beautiful part of the country.


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Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures. I always look forward to your updates!


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Thanks for the update. Looking forward to the next installment. [emoticon]


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Posted: 08/15/08 01:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Alex ... another fine installment. Arches is one of our favorite National Parks. My wife worked in the visitor's center for 5 years providing trail and interpretive information to visitors. If you ever get a chance to come back, you need to do the Devil's Garden trail where the largest concentration of arches reside in the park. Additionally, the drive out the upper Salt Wash to the Klondike Bluffs is also great. However, taking an unescorted hike in the Fiery Furnace is a real challenge since there is no marked trail as to how to get out of that section of sandstone fins. Great fun! [emoticon]


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Posted: 08/15/08 08:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another awesome trip report. Did you notice how many tourists are taking those climbs in flip-flops? When you get to Dead Horse are you going to look for Silversand's tripod? We were blessed with a visit from them yesterday as they are camping in our area. He pinpointed the area of the tripod but it looks like quite a mountain goat trek to get to it.

Great photos and the video adds a lot to your sharing.

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Posted: 08/15/08 08:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the photos. During my last visit to Utah, I was told Utah had a name for every rock in the state. From what we saw, it could be true. We spent almost a week in the Arches area.


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Nice job on the continuing write-up.


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