Moab, Arches N.P., Canyonlands N.P.


(c) July 2000,
Urs Künzler


Moab was a two days stop again. From Glenwood Springs, we took highway 70 to Cresent Junction. We stopped at the Utah visitor center for lunch and for an update on brochures for Moab, Arches and Canyonlands.

View from the visitors center View from the visitors center

We arrived early on Slickrock campground in Moab. We used the afternoon to relax in the shade around the tents or in the pool and do laundry.

Late afternoon, we all took the van for sunset in Arches N.P.. We went to the Windows Section. Just watch the photos...

North Window South Window South Window
North Window Arches Arches
Sunset in Arches Arches Sunset in Arches

Day 2 in Moab ... Get up early for a mountain bike ride on Slickrock Trail. This expedition was managed by Kaibab Tours. We had two guides, one for driving the van with supplies and one as biking guide. The trail is not too difficult and can be made by most young people. It's mostly slickrock and sand, some short steep climbs and downhills, but mostly quite level. It's a great experience.

Slickrock Trail Biker group: Paddy, Monica, Urs, Emma, Jo, Dave, Carolyn, Simon and Richard Slickrock Trail

After a short lunch at Taco Bell's, we started to our afternoon program. First was a ride through Canyonlands N.P.. See some native paintings on the rocks.

Native paintings Canyonlands Canyonlands
Canyonlands Canyonlands Canyonlands

And then, the final part of the day was Arches again. We went to see sunset at Delicate Arch. It's about a 45 minutes hike from the parking, which is worth it. It's very crowded. When you arrive at the top, enjoy the view, but do not stop and stay on the rim. Go on and see the Arch from the reverse side. You may get much better light in your photos, especially the sun right through the Arch.

Delicate Arch Delicate Arch Delicate Arch from back side

The second evening we had dinner in Eddi McStiffs in town.