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Hiking to Delicate Arch - Utah's famous icon, Moab Utah is known as a Utah adventure capitol, featuring activities such as rafting down the Colorado River, the Moab Jeep Safari and off road routes, and biking the Slickrock Trail. Moab offers something for everyone, from adventure to scenic parks.
Delicate Arch - Utah's Famous Icon
My friend Harry Johnson and I went to Moab Utah because of a great recommendation from a young couple we met in western Utah. They told us Moab is their favorite place to go to and we had to go there! So we drove all the way across the state of Utah to get there but it was worth it!
I remember we ate dinner in front of this Italian restaurant outside and the weather was just perfect! We watched the people walk by.
We visited Arches National Park and CanyonLands National Park just outside Moab Utah. We hiked Devils Garden out to Landscape Arch and also later, hiked to Delicate Arch. The Devils Garden Trail was a little scary because parts of it run across a high narrow ridge. I remember thinking that many people probably fall from here and get hurt. Would you believe it, we later heard a siren and I was thinking maybe someone fell back there!
Park Avenue In Arches National Park
The trail for Delicate Arch is about 1.5 miles long and is quite a climb, about 500 feet in elevation! It also has this large bowl shaped sandstone rock that we had to walk around and be careful not to fall! It was pretty high.
The Trail For Delicate Arch
Island in the Sky is a sheer walled mesa that is the northern part of Canyonlands National Park. Including rugged canyons that have been carved by the Green and Colorado rivers, a scenic drive follows the rim of the mesa with pullouts at vistas where you get spectacular views out over the surrounding country. From the top of the mesa, in many places the surrounding country is one thousand feet down, nearly straight down!
View From Island In The Sky
I remember this place all too well. I got a terrific sun burn there even though I was wearing my wide brim hat and sun glasses. You could see an outline on my face of my sun glasses from the sun burn! I told my friend Harry that I had enough and we should go up into the Lasal Mountains immediately. So we did and found some relief from the heat. The funny thing is that we both are from Florida and it took going out west to get sun burned!
The Lasal Mountains
We also vistited Dead Horse Point. It is located on the edge of Canyonlands National Park, at the end of a mesa two thousand feet above the Colorado River. The vista features incredible views of surrounding canyon country and the river. Many great photos and videos are taken here.
Dead Horse Point!
Mustang herds ran wild on the mesas near Dead Horse Point before the turn of the century. The horses were driven by cowboys into the unique promontory which provided a natural corral. A narrow, thirty yard neck of land controlled by fencing is the only escape route. Mustangs were then roped and broken, with the better ones being sold to eastern markets or kept for personal use. Unwanted broomtails were left behind to find their way off the Point.
A band of broomtails was left corralled on the Point according to one legend. So the horses could return to the open range, the gate was supposedly left open. The mustangs remained on the Point for some unknown reason. Within sight of the Colorado River, two thousand feet below, there they died of thirst.