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Oct 8, 2017 - Valley of the Gods, Gooseneck State Park & Hovenweep National Monument

Enjoying the sights with Roger & ReeAnn, we took in Valley of the Gods, Hovenweep National Monument & Gooseneck State Park. Pete & I have been to Valley of the Gods & Gooseneck State Park before, but going to Hovenweep National Monument was a new experience for us. For Roger & ReeAnn, this whole area was new to them. FROM PAMPHLET: The Towers of Hovenweep The canyon & mesa country north of the San Juan River holds many archaeological sites where ancestors of today's Pueblo Indian tribes lived. Round, square,and D-shaped towers grouped at...

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Oct 7, 2017 - Taking in Arches National Park with Roger & ReeAnn - Day One

Our friends Roger & ReeAnn have arrived here in Monticello, we are parked side by side here at Mountain View RV Park. We hit the ground running, first day after their arrival we headed to Arches National Park. This is their first time here & we love returning to the area (its our 4th time & most certainly won't be our last). We are taking in Arches over the course of a few days, breaking it up, theres so much to see ! The four of us will also be going to Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods, Canyonlands National Park, Deadhorse Point & will...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Well maybe not so typically terrible

I know I didn't allow adequate time to really explore any of the FIVE national parks I am passing through on my way home. But at least I did show up in appropriate clothing (including proper footwear), with sun protection and water. Lots of water. The information for the hike I chose said to bring at least 2 quarts per person. I know that seems like a lot for a three mile hike but it seemed reasonable enough to me given the circumstances: altitude over 7000 feet, elevation change over 800 feet, temperature over 90 degrees, no shade, dark...

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Sep 1, 2017 - Arches here, arches there, everywhere an arch arch

Spent 2 days at Arches. It was just so great. Lots of arches, lots of scenic views. We spent the morning there on Friday and then went back late Sunday afternoon and into the dark, dark night. Mid afternoons are around 100 degrees and most people stay off the trails. It was amazing at how many people where in the park Sunday night. We were able to see lots of stars, but it was so moonbrite that you could see your own shadow. Still amazing.

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Jun 19, 2017 - Devils Garden

The Devils Garden Trail, including the primitive loop trail, is the longest of the maintained trails in Arches National Park. This hike competes with Delicate Arch as the best hike in the park. The Devils Garden area of Arches National Park contains the largest concentration of significant natural arches in the world. The 7.5 mile complete loop hike included Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Black Arch, Double O Arch, Dark Angel monolith, Pine Tree Arch, Tunnel Arch and a trip through Fin Canyon. When I made my reservation back...

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Jun 1, 2017 - Delicate Arch

A Stone Icon People come from all over the world to visit Arches National Park, and visiting Delicate Arch is on the top of many visitors' to-do lists. In a park with over 2,000 stone arches, this particular free-standing arch has become a widely recognized symbol of the state of Utah and one of the most famous geologic features in the world. The light opening beneath the arch is 64 feet high and 45 feet wide, making it the largest free-standing arch in the park. It has had more than a few names in its history, from the colorful ("Cowboy's...

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May 30, 2017 - Fiery Furnace

The Fiery Furnace, in Arches National Park, offers a labyrinth of narrow passageways and abrupt dead-ends among a series of sandstone fins. Though it does not encompass a very large area, it is easy to become disoriented or lost. For this reason, and to protect native plants and soils, visitors must join a guided hike, or obtain a special permit, in order to enter the Fiery Furnace. Ranger guided hikes into the Fiery Furnace are offered daily, spring through fall. These popular three-hour hikes are moderately strenuous, requiring the use...

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May 26, 2017 - Arches NP

In 2017, construction crews will work on the entire 26-mile road system in Arches National Park. Plan on significant impacts to travel, hiking, and touring the park. The road will close to all traffic from 7 pm to 7 am when construction crews are working. Crews expect to be working Sunday through Thursday, with no nightly closures on Friday or Saturday. Arches National Park is located on the Colorado River just outside of Moab, Utah, and is 76,359 acres in area. Its highest elevation is 5,653 feet at Elephant Butte, and its lowest...

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Apr 18, 2017 - Arches

We are still and on the move. Now we are at Arches National Park. WE got to go threw the Park see the arches. The weather has been great, we have had some wind but that's all. They had a jeep rally here and everywhere you looked there were jeeps and quads. Also a lot of mountain bikes. This is supposed to be a good place to ride them and they have a lot of trails. We are moving south now and headed for Canyonland National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park. Then on to Monument Valley. We really are enjoying the trip and are thankful...

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Nov 2, 2016 - Arches National Park

Arches is one of the "Mighty Five" national parks of Utah. The five are Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands, and now we are in Moab and can see the last two! One thing we are noticing is that although they are all different from each other, you can only spend so much time looking at red rocks! Arches NP is impressive, but so are the others and they all have the massive Utah red rock formations in common. If you visit all five, you must enjoy whatever they have to offer, like scenic drives, hikes, and hoodoos, as well as the...

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Sep 14, 2016 - On to Santa Fe

Today we got up early, showered, and did laundry. Then we hit the road aiming for Santa Fe. The drive was mostly uneventful through beautiful mountains. But we did encounter several rain squalls along the way, one of which included some hail which didn’t make the driving any easier. We slowed down and didn’t have a problem other than it is more tiring to drive through that sort of weather. By the time we reached Santa Fe, it had cleared and the sun was shining. We drove up quite a bit higher than Santa Fe to Hyde Memorial State Park. It has...

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Sep 13, 2016 - Arches National Park

Today we took route 6 through the mountains, and there were road repair crews working everywhere, making for slow progress. But we eventually reached Arches National Park where Sam and I had been volunteers for 5 months in 2000. No campsites available in the park, naturally: they are usually reserved months ahead. So we went through Moab and found a pleasant site, Pack Creek. The guy in the office noticed Sam looking at a brochure about dining in Moab and recommended Bankok House, serving Thai food. We took his suggestion; it was great; we...

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