One park that was on the top of our list for our mini National Parks tour was Arches National Park.
This was our second visit after a brief, impromptu stop during our last cross country extravaganza in 2015. All we had time for on that trip was the hike to Delicate Arch. It was so magnificent that we instantly knew we had to return to discover more of what this beautiful national park in Moab, Utah had to offer!
It did not disappoint.
Our first hike was revisiting Delicate Arch, where this time we were determined to stand in the middle, under the arch and take some pictures. Putting any fears of heights behind us we walked over to the arch and stood underneath. We sat and watched the sun lower down behind the rocks before we hiked back to our car and left to go set up camp at the Moab KOA.
One of our favorite spots in Arches was Double Arch. This enormous structure was so beautiful. We sat back in it and looked out at the rest of the park, which was framed by large arches. It was so peaceful.
In the newspaper that is handed out at the entrance to Arches they write that “half the park is after dark” and they are correct! We stayed in the park until after midnight to do some star gazing and try out some nighttime photography. Once our eyes adjusted to the darkness we were amazed with what we saw! The stars were so bright and overhead was the Milky Way galaxy! Living on the eastern side of the country we are not used to seeing skies like this and we just stood in awe of such magnificent beauty.