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While visiting Moab for a Land Rover Rally, it seemed a crime not to go to Arches National Park and see the iconic Utah arches. After all, it's just 5 miles north of Moab.
A handful of Rovers entered the park through the main entrance, and did the "tourist thing", driving on the asphalt to all the scenic overlooks and points of interest. We visited on a weekend, thus there was alot of traffic on the road. But, we weren't there for the asphalt roads...
After we had reached the end of the road, where it loops back from where you came, we turned onto the dirt roads in the western part of the park.
Sand Valley Road is just that, pretty flat, bulldozed and dirt/gravel mix. Once on Salt Valley Road, there is a turnoff for the trail leading to the Klondike Bluffs. The road here gets a little bit harder, and a high clearnace 4 wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended. There are sections of the road that have drop-offs and rock ledges.
Take Klondike Bluffs around the loop towards Tower Arch, then loop back around and take the trail southwards past Eye of the Whale Arch. This trail tees at Willow Flats Road. One way will take you back tot he asphalt road that winds through Arches National Park, the other way takes you through more interesting trails and even past dinosaur tracks. Willow Flats Road will then exit you onto Highway 191, about 17 miles north of Moab.
We visited Arches two days...for the trails mostly. One afternoon, just before sunset, while Gordie and I were alone on the trail, RedRover hit the 100,000 mile mark. What a way to do it!
The valley at sunset, alone with your soulmate...what could be more romantic?
For a great map of the park...visit Arches National Park's Map page
- Pros:Unique beauty and great trails
- Cons:Some trails require high clearance vehicles
- In a nutshell:Enjoy the beauty and solitude of Nature's Playground.
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