Destination for Day 3 is Arches NP, located so close to Moab, this place is fun!. To be this close to this wonderful place within few miles away from the town, makes me want to go back there at all times of the day, to see what it looks like during the morning, mid day and evening!. But we had only 1 day, and tried to make most of it.
Our day started with a privately guided hiking trip for the Fiery Furnace trail. Though the total distance is only about 3 miles, the ups, downs, climbs, rock scrambling made it all strenuous and it felt like 7 miles under the hot summer sun!
After the 5 hours, we were back in the park by afternoon to check out the rest of the park.
Our first spot was the Park Avenue viewpoint, where I snapped few photos, skipped the hike, though it was only a mile.
Followed by the stop at Balanced Rock, and we headed to the Windows section of the park. The North, South and the Turret/ Double Arch are some of the finest natural structures I have seen in my life. The trail around the Windows section are is only about a mile walk between the North/ South and the Turret arches. Sun was still bright above my head, and I couldn’t take any dramatic pictures.
After that, we headed to the Devils garden trailhead, which I totally skipped due to the painful blisters. My next stop which I decided to do was the Delicate Arch vista point, which is about a 1/2 mile hike; it provided a different perspective of the arch. The ranger at the visitor center suggested to do the Delicate Arch hike for the sunset.
The trailhead starts from the Wolfe Ranch parking lot which was packed around 1700 though the sunset was not expected to happen until 1930 or 2000.
Totally skipped the Delicate Arch hike as I wasn’t sure whether I can do the slick rock portion with the condition of my feet.
To close the post, a picture of the Surprise Arch in the Fiery Furnace section…
On the way back, we picked up a few Red Dirt T shirts in Moab. The Red color on the T-shirt was made from the red iron oxide extracted from the rock formations which is used to dye the t-shirt. Isn’t that cool…