I was going through photos I took in 2008 this morning when I came across the sets I took down in Utah, this past spring. Kirk, Ford and I had spent a week down in Moab, Utah exploring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. We went in early spring, where it was never hot during the day and actually got snow on the last two days (that melted off after awhile).
If you haven’t been there it is SO worth a visit. Due to the heat, spring and fall are your best bets weather wise. Summer for me at least would be just too hot, winter too harsh with the cold winds and snow. The town of Moab is quite the tourist trap but you cannot complain too much. Lots of places to eat and sleep at, a great grocery store and as well a nice natural foods store. A tiny oasis in the middle of no where.
The drive through Arches NP is worth doing even if that is all you can do – the fins and arches are amazing just from the road. Not often you can say that about a park – that driving can trump hiking.
We split our visit into sections: Arches first, then Canyonlands. We visited Island In The sky, then the Needles district the next day.
The varnish on the rocks in this area was amazing.
Kirk has done the White Rim Road before and has promised to take me on it. I cannot wait. This road is one way to get down to it. (Yes, it is THAT steep)
The day we went into Needles we woke up to snow and blue skies. It was very cold outside.
Yet by the end of day it was warm. You have to love the high desert.
Utah is an amazing place to see and spend time in. Make it a life goal to go!