Happy New Year!! We had the best time celebrating Christmas with our family and wanted to get in one last trip before the years end, so we headed down to Moab for a few days to get in some hiking and enjoy the outdoors. If you don’t mind the colder weather this time of year can be great to visit because there are less crowds, cheaper hotel rooms, and you’ll get to see the iconic landscape during the winter season.
Since this was a quick trip, our plan was to fit in as many sites as we could in a short amount of time, so our first stop into Moab was Arches National Park. One of the cool things we loved about Arches were the views you could see simply driving the road through the park. There are many short hikes to choose from and we wanted to go to Devil’s Garden to Landscape Arch and Navajo Arch. Even though the trail was packed with ice and snow the short hike was well worth the cold weather. Next we went to see Double Arch in the Window Section of the park. What we loved about this section were the snow covered La Sal Mountains in the background. Plus there is just something special about being able to walk right up to this arch and stand underneath such a massive monument.
The next day we woke up bright and early and headed south of Moab to see Newspaper Rock on our way to Canyonlands. Newspaper Rock is one of the largest and best preserved rock art panels in the southwest. It is covered with so many different petroglyphs it’s exhilarating to sit and look at all the different symbols and images and imagine what they might mean. We then went on to the Needles District in the southeast corner of Canyonlands to make lunch and go on a short hike. The wild terrain in this area made it fun to search and explore and we wandered around for hours. We were all a little sad when the sun started to go down and we knew it was time to head out of the park and make the long drive back to Moab.
Our last day we decided that we couldn’t go home before seeing Dead Horse Point since none of us had been there before. All the pictures I have seen of this place can’t compare to being there in person and seeing the vast landscape laid out before you. It is so cool to see the way the river has carved itself through the rock and everything feels endless as you can see for miles. We loved being able to stand on the edge and glance below us and see the many layers of rock.
We were in denial we were heading home and didn’t want the trip to end so we drove back into Canyonlands to Island in the Sky and stopped at the Grandview Point Overlook. Thank goodness that’s where the road ended so we couldn’t keep going, because this was definitely one of those trips where you never want to go home!