For Spring Break, a couple of friends and I decided to head down to Southern Utah to explore Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.
After a 3 hour drive we arrived in Moab and went in search of a campsite. The campsites were first come, first serve. After explaining to a ranger that we did indeed want a campsite with a toilet and weren’t down to be digging holes in the desert, we got a great campsite overlooking the colorado river, hoodoos and amazing rock formations. Definitely wasn’t bad to wake up to!
We headed into Arches National Park and and drove up to the Devils Garden area. We then attempted a 6 mile hike in the cold, wind, and rain. On some of the steep cliffs I was definitely scared I would be blown off! The views were so beautiful however, and we saw some awesome natural arches such as landscape arch and double o arch.
After a long day of driving and hiking, we headed back to the campsite for some calzones over the fire and some well-earned beer.
The next day we headed back to Arches to hike to the delicate arch, probably the most iconic arch in the park and featured on Utah’s license plate. It was so amazing to see what the wind has created over thousands of years and we spent some time just enjoying the view!
After lunch we headed over to Dead Horse Point State Park, a place we didn’t originally intend to go to but we were so glad we did. The canyon was like a mini Grand Canyon and we had a great time bouldering to find the best views. The park gets it name from the point at the end of the canyon where cruel cowboys herded a group of horses and left them there unable to get out. The horses died of starvation and dehydration, when they could see the colorado river hundreds of feet below them at the bottom of the canyon.
That evening we dined on McDonald’s, an American classic, and met some awesome guys who had camped next to us. We spend the night playing drinking games and singing around the campfire which we managed to make reach epic heights with the help of some Boy Scout knowledge.
The next day we spent the majority of the day in Canyonlands, the final park we visited. The views were similar to that in Dead Horse Point but the landscape was still amazing. We saw some more arches as well as some amazing rock formations jutting out of the canyon floor. We only managed to see the Island in the Sky portion of the park however, so there is unfinished business there!
We then headed back up to Salt Lake City. It was a great little getaway from the city and we had such a good time!
Big shout out to Maddie and Natalie for planning the trip with me and being great travel buddies! <3