Day 14, June 10, 2016: Las Vegas, NV to Arches National Park, UT – 475 Miles
We had a slight change of plans on this leg of the trip. Originally we were going to wake up super early the last morning in Vegas and head towards Utah, and hit Bryce Canyon and Zion on our way to Arches National Park. Once again, sleep was more important – so we decided to skip Bryce and Zion and go straight to Arches. I was really torn about this decision, but I think it was the right way to go.
After a long seven plus hours of driving we arrived in Moab, UT to do a little grocery shopping for dinner. We then went on to the park and drove the absolutely beautiful 18 miles up to Devils Garden Campground.
We arrived at camp and set up our tent and air mattresses in record time! We looked around at our amazing view for the evening! The pictures below are views from our campsite.
At 9:00 pm we attended a very informative ranger talk about the history of the park and the native people that occupied the area. It was very interesting.
Following the ranger talk we enjoyed a campfire dinner, made smores, and did a lot of laughing. After a restroom break, David and I were walking back to our campsite and realized we were the only ones in the entire campground with lights and a fire still going… it looked like a spotlight was on our campsite. We decided we better get to bed!
Day 15, June 11, 2016: Arches National Park, UT
We woke up fairly early and broke down camp. We spent the morning exploring the park a little and then enjoyed a short hike/nature talk with one of the park rangers.
We definitely did not have enough time at this park. After our hike, we headed back down to Moab for a quick lunch at The Moab Brewery and then hit the road for our next stop.