Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part II): Arches National Park ~ Red Rock Wonderland

June 19, 2018

If Arches National Park is the famous park of Utah could be argued. But back in the day living in Germany, when someone mentioned Utah, the first picture coming into my head was the Delicate Arch. Therefore, the park was the one that stuck in my head. I didn’t know that Utah had many more National Parks, State Parks, Monuments, etc., until I moved to the United States. Since years, seeing the Delicate Arch was on my bucket list. On this trip, I’ve finally got to see it. We looked at it from the Lower Viewpoint, and we hiked all the way up the hill to the Upper Viewpoint. I scratched the Delicate Arch very lightly out on my list. Because I still want to hike all the way up to it and touch it.

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Arches National Park Sign at the Visitor Center at the entrance

But the Arches National Park has more to offer than just the Delicate Arch itself. There are many view points of interesting stone formation. Sometimes I think, these places are Mother Natures playgrounds. If she doesn’t want to play in this “sandbox”, she’ll play in another.

We didn’t make all the way back to the “Devils Garden”. There were just too many places to see along the road. And I’m not gonna post all the photos I’ve captured. Here are the 36 best photos I’ve shot in Arches National Park:

When we left Arches National Park, we drove to Cortez in Colorado, to rest for the night there.

… to be continued …

Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part I): Travelling From Zion National Park To Arches National Park

June 19, 2018

While Kevin and I were resting on the front porch on Monday afternoon, I was looking on my Rand McNally map. Kevin said, going to all five parks would get quite expensive when we stay in each park only for a couple hours. After some thinking and debating, we came to the decision, we would go to Arches National Park on our way home. Seeing the Delicate Arch is on my bucket list for quite some time. It would be a nice highlight for the end of our trip and before we leave Utah.

Tuesday morning, we packed our gear and put it in the car before we had breakfast and checking out at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch. We drove through Zion National Park for the third time in a couple of days, so we could reach Interstate 15. From there we would drive all the way up to get to Interstate 70. Along these two Interstates we’ve stopped several times to see Utah’s beautiful landscape along the way. We took a last stop to eat lunch at the rest area, right before exit to Highway 191, which leads to the entrance of Arches National Park.

… to be continued …