Arches is yet another National Park in Utah that we had to blitz-hike…
Arches National Park was Liz’s main destination of the trip, and it was our last National Park visit on this journey, so we were hyped about getting in.
Unfortunately, we do what we do best and arrive at a destination in the late afternoon when all forms of lodging are filled. We probably should have also realized that finding a place to stay in Moab on Memorial Day weekend wasn’t likely anyway, regardless of arrival time.
Nevertheless, we did what we do even better and found pretty much the very last vacant room in the whole town, and at a discount! We went to bed looking forward to our last major destination on the road trip, and reflected on the countless miles of experiences that lay behind us.
I closed my eyes and saw snow-capped mountains towering over Joshua trees among painted hills and endless green fields, and buff little lizards doing push-ups on stones. Everywhere we had been seemed to merge into one single surreal place. And so I dreamt of the American country.
The next morning we set out to wait in the long line for Arches. Luckily, we were able to see all we wanted to see in just a few short hours.
Ancient currents pushed out boulders from undersea walls, leaving behind an outer cement structure, which we now know as the arches. Standing on the floor of an evaporated ocean and looking up at what it left behind makes you wonder what the world was like all those countless years ago.
The great thing about Arches, is that most of the sights worth seeing are on short hikes just off of the road. This makes it a perfect National Park for families with small children.
For us, it made for a great National Park finale. Short hikes that lead up to these ancient arches served us bone-tired travelers well. Sore, wind-beaten, and thirsty, we made our way back to the car, out of Moab, and out of Utah for the last time.
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