Arches National Park

Wow! It’s hard to know where to start when describing Arches National Park. I spent a week there and wish it had been a month. I visited in the first week of April with my wife and 8-year-old son and a good friend. We made reservations, in advance, at the Devils Garden Campground at the north end of the park. The Devils Garden Campground is a standard car camping drive-in set up. Each site is more or less secluded, has a table, tent pad and fire grill. There is water nearby and the views just from the campsite are not bad!

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This turned out to be a great idea. The park entrance is about a 45 minute drive from camp, so if you stayed out of the park somewhere then you’d have a long drive each day to get to the trails. Everyday we had trips planned.

But enough from me! Let’s hear from the leader of the trip, Max.

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My Dad had a great idea to go to Arches National Park. So we rented a car and got Mom and one of Dad’s friends to come along, and we drove all the way to Utah. We went through Oregon, and Idaho and then to Salt Lake City.

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We arrived in Moab and made it to the park. The squiggly road into the park made me feel car sick, but the trips excitement defeated it. The camp site took a long time to set up because there were two tents, yet afterwards we wandered around the grounds. The camp was cool, awesome and windy! It had a really awesome hiding place and rock tower.

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We ate pancakes in the morning and went day hiking to see all sorts of arches, like the Double-O Arch, Landscape Arch and Window Arch. It was hot and there were lots of cactuses and bushes all over the place. The wildlife was just as great as the landscapes. In one of the bushes I saw a really cool lizard.

We also went up the Devils Garden Trail, it was very long and steep in some places. If you go off onto a different trail you’ll find a rock pillow. We saw a ton of different arches here too, like the Balanced Rock and Park Avenue.

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One night we hiked up to Delicate Arch and watched the sunset. Dad took pictures of us. Later, we bought some really cool fossils and rocks in Moab. This is a great park for kids, especially if they like to climb, run and jump. I hope my Dad takes us back there someday!

 

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For me photography and outdoor travel have always been linked. In 1976 I planned my first trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. Two of my friends accompanied me, we hitchhiked from Eastern Pennsylvania to Cascade Locks in Oregon and hiked south, through most of Oregon on the trail. I borrowed a friends Nikkormat for the trip and tried hard to capture the look and feel of what I saw. Since that first trip on the PCT I have traveled broadly (50 states, 50 countries), yet no matter where I was living, in the US or overseas I always felt a tug back to the Pacific Northwest. Finally settled in NW Washington, I am at home and have an abundance of outdoor photographic subjects. My favorite places are the North Cascades and the Olympic Coast.

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