Arches and canyonlands national parks in pictures

by Kim on July 25, 2012 · 23 comments

Brian and I spent five days in Moab, Utah visiting Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. We stayed at the Canyonlands Campground. Canyonlands Campground has RV and tent sites, showers, laundry, wifi and a pool.  I’d stay there again in a heartbeat. They’re not paying me to say that.

Camping at Canyonlands Campground in Moab, Utah

I thought a lot about what to say about the two beautiful parks that cradle Moab. In the end I think it is best just to show you how special they are.

Arches National Park

Amazing rock formations in Arches

Dark Angel Rock

The moon rises under Landscape Arch

The sun sets in Arches

Balanced Rock

Canyonlands National Park

The Needles in Canyonlands 

Ancient Pueblo petroglyphs in Spring Cave

An arch in Canyonlands

Amazing rock crevices

Rock formations in Canyonlands

Most of the photos from Arches National Park were taken on the Park Avenue Trail and the Devils Garden Primitive Trail Loop.  

The photos of Canyonlands National Park were taken from the Lathrop Trail, the Upheaval Dome Trail, the Chesler Park Trail and Cave Spring.  

Brian and I had a lot of fun in Moab. We would wake early in the morning while the day was still relatively cool and go hiking. When the desert heat became unbearable, usually around noon, we would hunker down in a bar and get some work done. Around 4pm we would go back to camp and submerge ourselves in the campground pool. Finally, around 7pm, the temperature would drop considerably and we’d head back to our tent to read or write or chat and cook dinner.

It was nice to establish a bit of routine in Moab. Traveling, at times, feels completely surreal- like we’re floating from one place to another through some kind of unworldly tunnel where time doesn’t exist. When I think back on a conversation I’ve had or a place I’ve visited, I can’t always remember who I was speaking with or where I was or even what month it took place in.

Routine grounds me and I have learned that I need to have it, even on the road. Coffee and a few hours of writing in the morning, a run afterwards, more writing in the evening. These things make me feel like me and so I plant them in my life like bookends and let the rest of my day take shape around them. So far, this is working pretty well.