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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.

Get Away From the Crowds!

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.

Where did your vehicle hit 100,000 miles?

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 and Cons
  • 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.
  • Last visit to Arches National Park: Sep 2008
  • Intro Updated Nov 24, 2009
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Thanks for your story about that great place, Christine! ><><><><

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Thanks my friend, it's very nice and wonderful, i never saw before, I hope can visit NP.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2009 at 12:23 AM

    The colours are beautiful with the red rock and the blue sky! Sounds like you had great trips, especially off the most visited trails.

  • rebibi's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2009 at 6:46 AM

    Isn't this a very special park? Thanks for sharing your tips and pictures! Too bad we only had 1 day for visiting this NP.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2009 at 3:16 AM

    This is a wonderful area that we thoroughly enjoyed, just wished we could have seen more. Didn't see the Elephant rocks, a pity!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Great page here. I visited the Arches some time ago. Desolate beauty. It was uncrowded and easy going unlike Grand Canyon. The Parade of Elephants in your pic does like elephant. Cheers, SL :)

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    Great! even in a single dimension phto they look like elephants. thanks for the tips.

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Christine, Come over, come over, red rover. You can do a lot with that machine. Arches reminds me of Bryce. Great pic of eye of the whale arch. Take care, Larry

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2009 at 4:18 AM

    Arches is certainly on my wish list. It looks so beautiful there - nature at its best. I esp. enjoyed the "Parade of Elephants" - how cool is that!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    what a beautiful place. Nothing like four wheel driving. We get a kick out of scaring the dirt bike riders. Awesome page!

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