Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Come Out and Play in Arches National Park — America's Natural Playground

Landscapes so magnificent, you'll think you stepped into another world.  Sunsets so dazzling, they stop you in your tracks.  Unique adventures that are constantly rewriting the book.  Whether you like to hike, camp, or just relax during a leisurely drive along the park's scenic paved roadways — Utah's Arches National Park is the place for you.
This vibrant jewel of the Southwest is America's natural playground — a wondrous place to explore and play or just relax and recharge. Meander through a dazzling maze of colorful canyons, traverse the winding desert trails, and explore surreal stone formations. Venture through 76,000 acres of magnificent backcountry adorned with thousands of colorful natural arches — each one an original work of art sculpted by nature over millions of years.
Watch as the sunset casts color-changing shadows over the landscape and then reveals a galaxy of stars — thousands of twinkling jewels, too many to count.  You could even catch a meteor blazing across the night sky or gaze upon the majestic cloud of light known as the Milky Way.  Star gazing around a campfire in the Devil's Garden campgrounds is an experience you'll never forget.  No matter what time of day you visit, Arches is a true delight for your eyes, mind and spirit.
You can tour much of the park from the comfort of your vehicle, driving along the paved park roads, and stopping off to marvel at designated viewpoints.  If you drive through the park, be sure to swing by the Delicate Arch, Windows Section and Wolfe Ranch.  Then, hop out for a quick stroll beneath the North Window or Double Arch.  To see even more incredible sights, you can drive and then hike to out-of-the-way hidden treasures.
If hiking is your thing, take a Ranger-guided hike up the trailhead to Tower Arch and past the Landscape Arch trail. Follow your guide as you twist through winding passageways, hidden arches and slot canyons to the Fiery Furnace -- a spectacularly beautiful maze of narrow canyons that you must scramble and squeeze your way through to conquer.  Or hike up to the Delicate Arch that suddenly surprises you at trail's end.
Arches has trails to suit every level of hiker, and guided tours are available that get you up close to the park's most amazing features. Whichever trail you choose, you'll experience breathtaking, panoramic views you have to see to believe.  As with any adventure, safety is paramount.  So, you'll want a tour guide and plenty of water handy to make your way up, through and around the park's jaw-dropping landscape.
While you can see all of the park's highlights in a day or two, you can stay as long as you want.  Set up camp at the Devil's Garden (open year-round), and strike out on an adventure unlike any other in the world.  Take your time to soak up all the stunning, natural wonders by day, and then recharge under a phenomenal blanket of twinkling stars by night.
Arches National Park is five miles north of the town of Moab in southeastern Utah. And, Moab offers adrenaline buffs many exciting activities to choose from: river rafting, skydiving, off-roading, horseback riding, canyoneering and scenic flights.  So, no matter what level of adventure you seek — whether it's peace and solitude or heart-pumping thrills — Arches National Park is the perfect destination for everyone in your group.
                             For all the fun things to do in Moab Utah check out the video below!
When you arrive in town, stop off at the Moab Tourism Center, where you'll find all the toys,  maps, and insider secrets you need to enjoy every second of your visit. For all the fun things to do in Moab Utah visit the Moab Tourism Center website.

Written By
Shon Walter
Moab Tourism Center

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