This Thanksgiving break, my family and I traveled to Moab, Utah for a day trip at Arches National Park. I’ve visited this park a few times before, and once again I marveled at the spectacular landscapes this park showcases. We were blessed with a day filled with striking blue skies, mild temperatures, and family togetherness.
The highlight of our trip was a 3 mile hike up to Delicate Arch. My nephew, Cody, joined us for the day trip, and he and my son, Hayden, ran ahead of us for a good portion of the trek. Along the way, we saw a little rattlesnake hanging out in a shady area. I took a few snapshots of it, keeping my distance of course.
When I’m out hiking, I’m reminded of how much I love the outdoors. All my worries and stresses melt away with each step. And this day was no different. The views of sandstone arches and rock formations wowed us as we pressed onward toward Delicate Arch.
On the last stretch of the hike up to the arch, we traversed a narrow, windy path. And then at the top, we were rewarded with a breathtaking view of Delicate Arch. It stood majestically against the background of the snow-laden La Sal Mountains. We spent some time up there, basking in the late autumn sun and savoring the panoramic views of the park and its surroundings.
On our way down, the boys decided it would be fun to take off their shoes and run on the smooth sandstone surfaces. I shrugged and said, “Why not?!” Of course, I made them put on there shoes before we came to the area we saw the rattlesnake on our way up. The rattlesnake was still there in the same spot.
After our hike up to Delicate Arch, we drove over to the Sand Dune Arch. My nephew, Cody, recently visited the park with his class, and he said this was one of his favorite spots. On past visits to the park, we had driven past this cluster of sandstone spires but never followed the trail to discover what was nestled in there. As we stepped through a narrow opening surrounded by large pillars of sandstone, I was enchanted by the beauty of this place. And we found a surprise at the other end of the rocks–a red sandstone arch. I could have stayed in this place for a long time. But the sun was going down and our day at the park was drawing to an end.
We snapped a few more photos as we made our way back to the entrance. An almost full moon rose to the east and the last moments of sunlight illuminated the rock formations in oranges and pinks. A lovely way to wrap up our visit to the park.