Road Trip to Moab

Let me start by saying that this trip was planned about 5 days before we left the house and hit the road. Those who know me know I'm all about the research when it comes to vacation. Like Christmas morning, the anticipation is part of its charm. But when the stars aligned and we found ourselves with some time before Brian started his new job, we googled, we booked, and we went. And I couldn't be happier that we did.

So the first, and likely most important question…where is Moab? Nestled in the mideast of Utah and about a 6-hour drive from Denver along I70, Moab's draw is its nearby National Parks and their amazing terrain. It's a hotbed for outdoor sports, but if I'm being honest, I went for the rocks. There are some pretty spectacular rocks.

First up was Arches National Park. Actually let me back-track, first up was milkshakes. After about a 6-hour drive from Denver, we were in the mood for road food. You know the type: vintage, diner-style, hole in the wall. Milt's Stop & Eat did not disappoint. Our milkshakes could have been a meal in themselves. Get one. It's worth every. single. calorie.

Ok, now for Arches. As the name would imply, there are some pretty incredible ones. We tend to prefer the more difficult and remote hikes. So when we found out Fiery Furnace (only accessible by permit and guided tour because of it's maze-like structure) was booked, we headed to the Devil's Garden loop. Now would probably be a good time to mention that it's crazy hot, mostly because of the lack of shade on the trail. Bring water. Lots of it. Nope more than that. By the end of this loop and the trail's various off-shoots we were toast. Or maybe that had more to do with these slender rocks on the trail called fins, and their vertigo inducing views. 

The next day we headed out to Klondike Bluffs for a hike. We were encouraged by a park ranger who mentioned we would probably be one of only three groups on the trail. Sold. We took an unmaintained road to the trailhead that wasn't highly trafficked, but I suppose could be a deterrent. The hike itself had incredible terrain: from rocks, to sand dues, to walking right up under the arch itself.

And nothing is better after a hike than a long soak in the pool at our B&B…

Before we left, we spent a day exploring Canyonlands National Park. The vastness and depth of the canyons was beautiful in a completely different way than Arches. But our legs had pretty much had it at that point so we meandered along Lathrop Trail and then called it quits. Hitting a few overlooks on our way back, we headed back to Cowboy Camp, a cute little BLM Campground that we called home for the night. Because one word = S'mores.