(May 13 – 14, 2019) People often call Arches National Park “Moab”. After visiting Arches National Park, I learned that Moab is a small town close by Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Moab is known as “Utah’s Adventure Capital” to explore by OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) such as ATV (All-Terrain Vehicles), UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicles), Trail Bikes, Dune Buggies, Jeeps, and etc. OHV activity looked really exciting with lots of pumping adrenaline boosting energy. I wondered if this activity is the opposite of “Yoga”? I was tempted to try but didn’t make it happen. Well….
Arches National Park itself is about 14 miles (One Way) from the Visitor Center to the end of the driveway (Devils Garden). There are many viewpoints of Arches and Rocks on the way. Visitors stop by many viewpoints, enjoy natural arches, and walk on the trails. For me, after visiting many national parks in this region for the last two months, I feel I have seen more than enough of rocks in my life. Having said that, my visit of Arches National park was short: roundtrip driving inside the park, stopping at viewpoints, and walking some small trails.
It was the busy season in Moab. There was a long waiting line to get into the park. I even read an article on the local Newspaper, an option of “Timed Entry for Arches” in the future? One small campground in the park was fully booked. I paid ($44.78/night) for a commercial campground in Moab. A guy in town told me “That’s a good price”. Next day, I left Moab at 6 AM to find a “First Come First Served Campground Site” at Canyonlands National Park.