15 Oct Arches National Park
Flightline Travel just spent five beautiful relaxing days in Utah – at Arches National Park. The red rocks, the amazing formations, the sweeping views and world’s best hiking – it’s a great area to spend a few days for vacation exploring the great outdoors.
Arches National Park is full of iconic scenes that have for decades been symbols of the American West. The most famous is the Delicate Arch (on the Utah license plate) but we saw over 25 similar arches during our time at the park. Some of them are easily accessible, just park in the parking lot and walk for five minutes on a paved trail; others are much more challenging and we had a great time completing these hikes (which take over 3-4 hours to complete- on rough ground and with elevation gain). If you’re into rock climbing there’s really no better place – although you can’t climb on the arches themselves.
To access Arches is not so simple. You can fly into Las Vegas (6 hour drive) or Salt Lake (4 hour drive) or, do what we did, and fly into the modern, easy, and super small four-gate Grand Junction, CO airport and do an easy, straight, fast (80 mph speed limit) hour and a half drive to Arches – simply follow I-70 West and make one turn South to Moab, which is the town connected to Arches. We stayed at our favorite hotel chain, Marriott, in Moab and would highly recommend it as it is excellent and the closet hotel to Arches (a mile away). As with every National Park, there’s a $25 per car fee to drive in per day – but we recommend the unlimited National Park annual pass ($85) that has to be purchased by only one person in the car. Take a park map, a sturdy pair of hiking shoes, dress in layers and bring plenty or water and sunscreen and your Flightline Travel Tote – for your flight or your car – and you’re all set for a fascinating view of nature unlike any you’ve ever seen.