We had a very long drive throughout Canyonlands National Park yesterday. In contrast, I was very surprised by how close together everything was in Arches National Park. From the highway, we drove through the park gate, up a butte, and bam!, there it was.
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.
First, it costs $30 per vehicle to get into Arches National Park. This is on top of the $30 we paid yesterday to get into Canyonlands. If these aren’t the only national parks you are visiting this year, I suggest getting the America the Beautiful Pass. The pass works as an annual pass to all of the national parks. Therefore, at the price of $80, it is a total steal!
There were a ton of places to stop and take pictures or go on hikes. Because we were all a little tired (and maybe a little hungover), we kept to the short hikes and road-side stops. First up was Balanced Rock, a rock balancing on a another rock surrounded by phalluses.
Next, we drove over to the famous, Windows Section. Here, there were arches and more phalluses just steps away from the parking lot and public bathrooms.
Finally, another phallus in front of a slot canyon. This one led to Sand Dune Arch, where I climbed over the boulders, ripped my pants, and peed outside of a cave with an amazing view. It was really nice.
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. In conclusion, there is no other place like it. Arches National Park took my breath away, and I can’t wait to go back!