We’ve just come back from an excellent long weekend away in the lovely town of Moab, Utah, so strap in and get ready for some beautiful pictures! Barry & Margaret are visiting us from England, so we took the opportunity to show them one of our favorite places in the US.
Moab is at a similar altitude to Fort Collins, but is over the boarder and on the other side of the Rocky Mountains. It takes about six hours to drive over there, but luckily it’s a very scenic drive that takes us past several famous ski towns (including Vail, Breckenridge and Frisco) as well as many spectacular views. The town itself is quite remote and surrounded by amazing landscapes, most of which we managed to visit during this trip.
First things first though, on arrival we headed straight to lunch at one of our favorite locations – the spectacular Moab Brewery:
Very eccentric decorations, as well as delicious food and beer! As an extra bonus there is a signed Joe Biden (Obama’s vice president) picture on the wall from his visit here where he declares “this place rocks”.
After eating our tasty lunch and drinking several pints of ice water we headed over to the Arches National Park. We’ve visited it a few times before so apologies for the repetition, but hopefully our fancy new camera will give you some previously unseen views…
As always it’s very hard to capture the epic scale and the stunning colors, but alas I must try. Something that did give a glimpse of the scale was the crow helpfully sitting on top of the balancing rock…
The balancing rock is the one to the left, so named because the top part of the rock seems to be very precariously balancing on the bottom. Can you see the crow?
So yes, if you like big red rocks this is the park for you!
After admiring the scenic rocks we drove further into the park for a hike. Unfortunately I was on antibiotics at the time so decided to have a sleep in the car rather than hike around in the 105oF heat, but Rob bravely carried on and kept taking pictures.
They hiked all the way over to the famous delicate Arch, and got some lovely shots!
You can just see the La Sal mountains in the background, looking rather spectacular, as well as the big bowl in front of the arch itself.
Stunning as always, with the blue skies and the red rocks. The park itself is massive (almost 120 sq miles) and the views on the hike back to the car park continued to impress…
On returning to the car park they drank several more pints of water (seriously, it was so hot!), woke me up and we headed off to see some of the more accessible arches. On the way we saw this little lizard friend, who was also hiding out from the heat…
After pressing our faces against the cold air in the car we headed on, and saw the Skyline Arch for the first time!
This was in a much more remote section of the park, so it was wonderfully empty and quiet. Many pictures were taken, and much scenery was enjoyed!
We continued our exploring late into the afternoon, with our body temperatures slow approached those of Johnny Storm.
(+10 points for anyone who gets that reference! I couldn’t resist 😉 )
Eventually the park closed and we returned to the hotel for very cold showers and more attempted hydration.
That evening we went out to the delicious Steak restaurant in town, called the Moab Grill. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures since I was too busy stuffing my little face with a big steak and local beer, both of which were very delicious! Barry and Margaret treated us, for which we will be eternally grateful 🙂
That night we rested well, ready for more adventures in part two…