Arches National Park and the Moab Valley

After our time in Durango, we spent the night in surprisingly interesting Moab, UT. Located on the Colorado River, Moab is an oasis in the stark Utah desert. It was filled with interesting shops and restaurants. We picked up delicious Thai food for dinner and the children swam in the pool of our hotel all afternoon (Mainstay Inn and Suites).

Church Rock on the way to Moab
Who wants to be in that Jeep?

The next morning we visited Arches National Park – a geological wonder! Arches is host to the largest concentration of natural arches in the world. Water, ice, extreme temperatures, and underground salt movement are responsible for the sculptured rock scenery.

The Windows Section
Double Arch

Due to high temperatures and limits on how far James can walk, we only did a few short hikes, including the Windows Section and Delicate Arch Viewpoint. I look forward to returning, hopefully in a few years, to explore this beautiful park more.

Balanced Rock
Delicate Arch from a distance
Looking toward Moab Valley
Near the entrance of the park

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