Photos From Utah
I said I would start doing a monthly post of pictures from my travels, but I haven’t been very good about doing that, so here is one. With a lot of the country locked in the grips of winter, I thought we would look at some desert scenery. These pictures are from Utah, specifically around Moab. What makes Moab a very special place is its close proximity to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Moab is one of my favorite places anywhere! It is a wonderful little town that exists pretty much for tourists. It is home to many great activities such as
- Rafting on the Colorado River
- Jeeping/4-Wheeling is some of the best in the world
- Mountain Biking is World Class there
- Rock Climbing
The town has a young, hippyish vibe to it that I always really enjoy. Being Southern Utah, it is hot! I only go there in fall and winter to avoid the heat. November is the perfect time to go, no longer hot but not cold yet. I was there once in December and it was cold with some snow on the ground. I didn’t have any problem stealth parking in town in December. The main draw to me is Arches National Park, which is incredibly beautiful. The first time I was there it literally moved me to tears. Having lived in Alaska all my life I had never seen anything like the huge Red Rock spires and I was just awestruck by its stark beauty.
As its name implies the Park is full of arches and they are very inspiring. But none come close to the beauty of Delicate Arch. It’s a pretty good hike to see it, about 1 1/2 miles with a fair amount of climbing. It is over slick-rock which is easy to walk on but it does require some navigation skills. You must be familiar with walking on rock and following Cairns (small piles of rocks that mark a trail that couldn’t be marked otherwise). But it is well worth the challenges!! It is huge and beautiful beyond words. The pictures can NOT convey it all. What they don’t show you is that it is hanging on sheer, straight cliffs that drop straight down for 1/4 mile. It is not for those with a fear of heights! Fortunately, you don’t have to get anywhere near the cliffs unless you want to.
Whoa! Jaw dropping scenery and photos, thanks for sharing them. I can’t wait to see it in person.
Kim, the 5 National Parks of Southern Utah are some of my favorite places anywhere. Plan to spend a lot of time there! I’m spending June-September in the National Forests of Northern Arizona, then I will drop the trailer off in storage yard and travel Colorado and Utah in the van in October and November. Lots of big mountain passes in that country, life is simpler without a trailer. I am pretty sure there will be others with me, so if that works into your schedule we could loosely travel together.
Make sure you take 89 to Monument Valley, star of the John Wayne movies for more breathtaking views
You are so right Gary, I love Monument Valley! I will show photos from it in the next month or two. Eventually I will do the whole Grand Circle.
Wow, beautiful photography Bob!
Thanks Karen! It was so good having you both in camp with us. Looks like you left Quartzsite and headed south to the ghost town. Where are you going after that?
We’re down in Yuma too! Visiting friends right now but we want to stop and visit with all of you guys for awhile – later in the week I think.
Karen, be careful you aren’t blown away by this wind! We came down here to get warmer and got hit by this storm. I’d still rather be here than anywhere else in the country!!
There’s a map to my camp on the blog, come by anytime!! In fact we were going to barbeque burger today but the wind is blowing too hard. When do you think you will be here and we will wait until then if possible. I’ve got 5 lbs of hamburger taking up a lot of room in my fridge!!!
Bob, those pictures are fabulous! I’ve wanted to see that area up close and personal for some time now, and your pics have made it that much more imperative. You’re a wonderful photographer; thanks for sharing.
Thanks for your kind words Kathy. The Red Rock country of Utah is so different from anything else in the country it is a must-see! If I could, I would visit every year for the rest of my life and still not see it all or get tired of it. Go see it as soon as you can and take lots of time!
Wow! Some day I hope to be free. Thank you very much Bob.
Chuck, the freedom to explore this incredible country of ours is worth all the minor problems living in a vehicle cost me. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Close but no cigar Bob. Broadway is actually Park Avenue. Beautiful place, spent two week in 2008 in Utah, Colorado , New Mexico, and Arizona, best vacation I ever had. I really enjoy your blog
Right you are Wayne, it has been a few years and I got that mixed up. I love this country!!
I went to Zion, Bryce and Capital Reef canyons at the end of November, It was cold. It ‘s about 10 – 15 degrees.
Patrick, you are right, it can be cold. Especially Bryce NP which is at very high elevation. Very cold in the winter there. When I was in Arches in December 2006, it was right after I had retired and drove down the Alcan from Alaska in December. In fact I washed off the thick mud I got from it in Moab. It was -30 degrees Fahrenheit when I drove down so I had my thick Alaska blood going, didn’t even notice the cold in Moab. Seemed like shirt-sleeve weather after that drive.
I’ve since lost my thick blood, now I hate the cold, can’t stand it. Never again is my motto!
Thanks for the fantastic pictures, Bob. I am curious if the hike to see those areas in your photos is a difficult as it appears??
Has anyone said why all those jutting rock formations haven’t worn away with everything else. I was looking at the picture of the balancing rock and it struck me as weird that that probably is what is left over from a huge massive rock formation. Why would it not be worn away by weather also? Is it some super rock that is harder than everything else around there?? Just curious.
Rick, that’s the great thing about Arches, the only thing that is a real hike is to Delicate Arch. The back-country is all very difficult hiking, but the main attractions are almost all an easy stroll to.
As far as the geology, you got it. There is a layer of very hard rock that acts to protect the base of the spires from erosion, so everything else erodes away but the capped spires remain. Utah is full of what are called Hoodoos. Arches just has a huge number of them and they are much larger than anywhere else. My pictures really don’t show the scale and huge size of them.
Natural bridges are formed by the flow of water but Arches are formed by the erosion from wind and rain. It is spectacular country!
I really love Moab 🙂 I have been there when it was 114° and I have camped on the loop road in a snowstorm. I also ended up in their little ER with bronchitis and pneumonia. Oooops! I live in SLC now and am chomping at the bit to go camping when it’s warmer!
Wendy, lots of beautifyl country all around you to go camping in!
Great photos. Always enjoy the greater Four Corners exploring. It would be easy to spend a couple of lifetimes there. The rock scenery and the hiking is the draw. Sun lit or over cast days and temperatures add to the changing beauty. Thanks for the memories.
I couldn’t agree more Lloyd! If you told me I had to spend the rest of my life in Utah and Colorado, I would still be a happy man!
Beautiful photos Bob !!!! I have spent some time in Utah. I love that state and yes, the red rocks make for incredible scenery. Can’t wait to go again and hit some places I have not yet been.
Thank you Susan! It’s easy to take great photos when you have that grand a subject!
Love to see those pix’s thanks also I very much enjoy reading your blog.Wish I was able to get the wife to leave the farm for traveling.Have GMC one ton van and a 24′ toy hauler.
Biker, sounds like some sweet-talking is called for!! With that combo you should be all set to travel in comfort. Maybe you can ease your wife into it with short, easy, very pleasant trips?
I had been to Zion, Bryce and Capital Reef National Park. Where would you recommend “must see” in Southern Utah?
Hi Patrick, my next post will be on exactly that subject! I will describe the “Grand Circle” and give numerous other places to visit in close proximity to the 4-Corners area. I should get it posted by tomorrow, hopefully this evening.
Utah is one of my favorite places to go and my wife and I usually try to RV out there every couple of years. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.
You are welcome John, it’s one of my favorite places!
Knocked my socks off with knegeldwo!
Thanks Carrie. Bob