Arches was one of our top favorites and one of the busiest. We arrived last May, right before the summer vacations, and we only had one location where parking was a challenge. We postponed that stop until later in the day.
Funny story: Because we do not do much hiking at home (we do walk a lot), we kept most of our trails to the easy and moderate levels. Our trek up to Delicate Arch was unplanned. We thought we were heading up the Delicate Arch Viewpoint path. After some time, we asked a group that had paused to rest if we were on the right path. We discovered we were on the path to Delicate Arch. At that point we decided to go for it, and with no regrets. It is listed as “difficult” on the park map, and it certainly was not easy. But we discovered that we could handle more than we thought. And the efforts were worth it! Fortunately, we had our backpack with plenty of water with us.
Make sure to plan ahead. We were smart and brought along healthy snack bars, apples, and lots of water. The park also has two filtered water stations. One at the visitor’s center and one at the top, by Landscape Arch. In May the temperature was heating up, so water, food and sunblock is a must.
They also have a good number of very well-maintained restrooms. We noticed that they asked us to round up our purchases in the gift shop. I found out those donations helped fund the recently updated restrooms. Money well spent!
We were there one full day, and part of the next. We did not visit at sunrise or sunset. Part of me wishes we had. However, we put good efforts into our hiking activities and simply chose to rest. 😊 Should we ever return, I would hope to witness the sun rise or set through one of the beautiful arches.
Below are a few of my favorite photos:
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
~ Theodore Roethke