A Day in Arches National Park

14 05 2011

There’s so much to do around Moab – hike, bike, raft the river – the entire town is built around outdoor recreation. But, no visit to Moab would be complete without at least a day at Arches National Park.

Arches occupies over 75,000 acres just north of Moab.  The southeast corner is bordered by the Colorado River, the western edge runs parallel to highway 191, which exits I-70 at Utah mile marker 182.  The main park entrance is on the southern end, nearest Moab.  From here, the park road runs about 20 miles into the park, terminating at Devil’s Garden Trailhead and Campground.  With a full day planned in the park, we saw nearly every arch and attraction up to Devil’s Garden.  There are several arches around Devil’s Garden that we missed – hopefully next time we’ll stay in the park campground and hike around this northern area.

These pictures are in the order of our visit from south to north.

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There is one campground within Arches,  the Devil’s Garden Campground, located eighteen miles from the park entrance and is open year-round. Facilities include potable water, picnic tables, grills, as well as both pit-style and flush toilets. There are no showers.  Some sites will accommodate RVs up to 30 feet in length. Even though we didn’t camp here, we picked out a few prime sites for future visits. Sites along the outside edge offer great views and often are arranged in pairs: [26,27], [30,31], [32,34], [18,20,21], [15,17,16] and single sites #1 and #24.  For more protection from wind or weather, sites 45 & 46 are excellent.

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