moab, utah

Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com

Having lived in Western Colorado most of my life, it is pretty sad that the first time I ever visited Moab was last fall.  It really is such a cool place, if you ever have a chance to visit you definitely should! 

Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com

We first went there for my birthday in November {also the day we found out we were pregnant!} and just recently visited there over Easter weekend with my husband's parents.  These photos are from our trip in November, I have a few more from our trip in April on Flickr if you want to check those out.  

Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com

Each time we went there we took the scenic route from Grand Junction to Moab along the Colorado River on our way there and on the way back just jumped on I-70.  I highly recommend taking the scenic route, the scenery is stunning!  I would love to own one of the ranches that sit along the Colorado River, they are amazing.  I will probably just have to settle with staying there one day.  As you get closer to Moab they put in a really nice paved bike path that makes getting around on bike {or foot} a breeze.  We chose to go at this time of year because we have heard that during warmer months it can be too warm and super crowded.  I can imagine, even when we were there in November it was pretty busy and it was on a Tuesday, in November!  I was amazed at how many people were visiting from outside the United States.  It was pretty cool being around people from all over the world, less than two hours from our house.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com

We didn't spend a whole lot of time in the town of Moab, instead we chose to spend a majority of our day at Arches National Park.  We made sure to pack a lunch and plenty of water so we wouldn't have to leave until we were done seeing all we wanted to see.  Even with getting there early and leaving later in the afternoon we still didn't come close to seeing all the park has to offer.  Both times we went we made sure to do the hike to Delicate Arch {pictured in the first two pictures and also seen on the Utah license plate}.  It is such a neat hike, the first part of it you are hiking on rock.  It is a huge slab of rock that you make your way up, it sorta feels out of this world.  It was definitely the coolest part of the day.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com

Now we are ready to explore other areas of Utah.  I would love our next trip to be a nice little getaway to Lake Powell for a few days.  I have only been there once when I was in the 5th grade for what I consider our only true family vacation.  My husband has never been there and I know he would die over all there is to see there.  Maybe next year though, I think we have enough on our plate for the time being.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com
Arches National Park, Moab, UT l wanderingroot.com