The second and final day of our Moab, Utah adventure was centered around Arches National Park. The National Park Service webpage describes the park as having landforms and textures unlike any other place in the world with over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. They did not disappoint.
After the long drive to and throughout Canyonlands National Park yesterday, I was very surprised how close everything was in Arches. From the highway, we drove through the park gate, up a butte, and bam!, there it was.
There were a ton of places to stop and take pictures or go on hikes. As we were all a little tired (and maybe a little hungover), we kept to the short hikes and road-side stops like Balanced Rock, a rock balancing on a another rock surrounded by phalluses.
And over to the Windows Section where there were arches and more phalluses just steps away from the parking lot and public bathrooms.
And finally, another phallus in front of a slot canyon that lead to Sand Dune Arch where I climbed over the boulders, ripped my pants, and peed outside of a cave with an amazing view.
After all the adventuring, driving, and heat, we were ready to hit the road for the long ride home. I have to admit that Moab blew my mind. The National Park Service was right. There is no other place like it, it took my breath away, and I can’t wait to go back!