During our vacation in Salt Lake City, we left for 4 days in Moab in central-eastern Utah to discover the national parks.
Date of Stay
From May 11 to 14, 2017
On Thursday, May 11th in the morning, we went to my aunt who lives in a southern suburb of Salt Lake City. Around 11:00, we took off with “BART” (Bad Ass Red Truck) which was pulling the camper. We drove for about 3 and a half hours through the mountains then the desert, to finally reach the red stones and the canyons of Moab.
We left on Sunday 14th around 11am in order to arrive in Salt Lake City in the middle of the afternoon. 🙂
We were staying on a campsite: the Archview Campground. We installed the camper which consists of:
- A bedroom,
- A living room/kitchen/dining room,
- One night corner with two bunk beds,
- and a bathroom.
For a little more privacy, P-A and I were sleeping in BART’s truck, a real queen-size bed. 😉
Discoveries in Moab
Moab is located in the eastern center of the state of Utah, not far from the state of Colorado. Small town of about 5 000 inhabitants, Moab became very touristy in just a few years. It’s populated with “hippies” as my aunt says to talk about those who love the outdoors. Crossed by the Colorado River, it is surrounded by two national parks: Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.
Arches National Park
Friday, May 12th, we went to visit Arches National Park. We woke up around 8am to leave early to avoid the queue at the entrance of the park. Once in the park, we drove for about 30 minutes in sumptuous landscapes of red rocks, but also green rocks (related to the amount of iron and copper in the rock), arches, petrified dunes, etc. We were already fascinated by the scenery.
We parked in a parking lot at the entrance of a walking trail. We left for a little less than an hour, hiking through the desert on sand and rocks to get to Delicate Arch. Delicate Arch is the ultimate symbol of the state of Utah, which you can see all over Salt Lake and is listed on the registration plates of the state’s residents.
After a photo stop and to admire the scenery, we came back to the car through a small path to see petroglyphs. The petroglyphs are symbolic drawings carved on stone.
Other arches and rocks of Arches N.P
We drove around the park to see other arches and rocks, including Double Arches and Balanced Rock.
Around 4pm, we returned to the campsite for a well-deserved shower and a little snack. We then went to the town of Moab for diner at Moab Brewery, a local brewery, in which we unfortunately could not taste their beer… We had forgotten our passports!
Canyonlands National Park
The next day we slept a little later, enjoyed our morning with a big breakfast and headed for Canyonlands National Park.
The White Rim Trail
After almost an hour of traffic to get into the park, we went down the White Rim Trail with BART. It was awesome! The track was very narrow and steep, we grazed the edge of the cliff many times.
A little further, we stopped and walked 5 min to a great view of the Colorado River. Then we went to an arch, on which we walked on.
After a picnic, we turned around to take Potash Road to leave the park. It took around 3 and a half hours to drive 33 miles, or 53 km, as the road was very sinuous. Just before reaching a paved road, we drove by a weird lake. It was actually banks of salt and potassium stored for evaporation in order to create fertilizers.
A little further, we stopped to see other petroglyphs.