"Arches National Park" Utah Things to Do Tip by DueSer

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by DueSer

In my opinion, about the only thing Utah has going for it are its national parks. Of course, I'm not a skier so that may be why I feel that way. If you're not a skier either, don't dismiss the state. There are 3 major parks to see, the best of which, I think, is Arches National Park. It's not easy to get to but worth the drive because it's really remarkable to see these naturally occuring arches. There are over 2000 arches, carved by the wind out of the local sandstone. Each one is different, which makes for an interesting and exhausting visit because I, at least, felt the need to see them all. Well, it's nearly impossible to do that. What I suggest is seeing the main ones - delicate arch is easily the prettiest (but also very true to its name so see it before it's gone!) and there are a few others the rangers highlight and then just do some exploring and see what you come across. There are great places for a hike in this park but it gets extremely hot here in the summer so be sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen with you.
Just a note - there is no public transportation to the park or within the park so you really need a car unless you know someone who lives in Moab or Green River or Grand Junction and can, at the very least, drive you over there and drop you off (and hopefully pick you up!).

Address: 5 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191
Directions: Not far from the Colorado border, the park is on the 191 just off Interstate 70, east of Interstate 15. It is south of Salt Lake City, UT, and west of Grand Junction, CO.
Website: http://www.nps.gov/arch

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  • Written Feb 14, 2009
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