Arches National Park and Moab

Little by little, I am getting closer to finish the stories of our roadtrip – this time it is featuring the Arches National Park and Moab.

First, and foremost, I have to warn you – if you ever decide to come and visit Moab and the two national parks in the area, book your stay in advance, because the hotels and campsites usually sell out very quickly, sometimes 2-3 weeks before. We had a campsite booked for one night, but we arrived 1 day earlier than planned, so we had no place to sleep. Being such  “good” organisers, we arrived late in the evening and it was even harder to find something within our budget (50dollars/day/person). It was 23.30 and we gave upon finding anything, even if there was any rooms available, the reception was closed long ago. However, as always, we were lucky – we found a lodging, but for 120 dollars 🙁 We were not happy, but we took it and agreed to focus on improving our planning skills.

The next day we drove to the national park, hiked a little and enjoyed the view of the red-rock arches created by the power of wind and water. The one on the photo is called the Delicate Arch, and its the most popular of all; they say there is more than 2.000 arches in different shapes and sizes.

As always, after the hike we cooked our modest lunch, the delicious risotto. When we finished eating, and started to drive back to the city to check in at the campground, and to find relief from the heat. Apparently, the campground we booked was a luxury campground, at the entrance of the national park, with pool and laundry service. We were happy for it, finally we did not have to compromise with the hygiene and cleanliness. The rest of the day went by washing our clothes, chilling in the pool and having dinner. We planned to catch the sunset and make some stunning photos, however the weather did not cooperate – it was cloudy and therefore no sight of the  sunset. We went to the park anyways and wandered around for a little time, while enjoying the peace and beauty of the rocks.

We had a good night sleep in our cheap Walmart tent, and got up in a normal time to start the new day. We wanted to stay for another night, so we’d be able to see the Canyonlands too, which is like 50 km from Moab. We could have stayed in the luxury camp for another night, but we felt it was a bit too expensive, considering that it is a campsite. So we packed our tent, and hit the road with the hope of finding something  cheaper and more primitive. After driving around for 3 hours we found a campsite that’s managed by the BLM (the bureau of land management), for 10 dollars, but with no amenities whatsoever in the middle of nothing. The comfort, however, was compensated by mother nature, we had the pleasure of a clear sky with million stars glowing over the desert.

The 10 dollars primitive campsite became a 1million start hotel, and we would not have changed it for anything.

I believe, this was one of the lessons we needed to learn during the trip.

The next day lead us to Grand Junction in Colorado, which was only a pitstop before returning to Denver to spend some days more with Vanessa and Davis. I am not going to write a detailed entry about Grand Junction, since it was really a day with nothing else than driving, eating and sleeping.

In the next post I will write about the last few days in Denver, the friendship of the people we did not know before leaving Denmark and how they shaped our travels. Come back tomorrow for a bit more personal and reflective post!