This blog post is the first in the “Travel Destinations in the USA for Retired Life” Series
Note: Due to Covid restrictions do check the appropriate website for information on the requirements to enter the park. You may need to book ahead of time as the seasonal rush will impact entry.
An absolutely different part of Nature is hidden in Utah. Arches National Park is a wonder that you must see. Are the sandstone formations eerie or simply stunning?
You be the judge.
You can drive from any of the neighboring states to this National Park. There are over 2000 natural sandstone arches in the park, probably the largest collection in the world. If you don’t want to walk or hike some trails you can take a scenic drive around the most important parts of the park.
Wear good walking shoes if you want to explore further. Always carry water with you. There are trails for both beginners and adults alike to explore at Arches National Park. Try not to stray from the trails so as to not upset the delicate ecosystem here.
You could spend just half a day here and then move on to another place or stay for several days, enjoying the various trails and hiking paths. We stayed a day and overnight at Moab.
Between March and October is the peak season for Arches National Park. The ideal time to visit would be off-season for anyone who doesn’t need to stick to school schedules.
The visitor center is well-equipped with an auditorium, exhibits and educational kiosks. You can find souvenirs at the bookstore along with DVDs, guides, and maps. We enjoyed the audio-visual presentation at the auditorium which showed how the arches must have been formed. It was an educational and interesting experience.
Getting There: Arches National Park is about five miles from Moab, Utah. There are places to stay to suit most budgets in and around Moab. If you prefer camping you can find campgrounds and camping sites also, but do pre-book to avoid disappointment.
Dress: Wear appropriate summer clothes in the hot season as it can get really hot there. Expect snow in the winter months. In summer try to enter as early as allowed and leave before the sun is at its hottest. You could also go in after 3 pm for a tour of the park when it gets cooler in the evening as sunset will be late in summer.
Food: There is no food available in the park. You can get food at Moab or at a few points on the highway.
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