The Five – Arches

September 15th, 2013

Outdoor adventures, Travel

This fall is the perfect time to explore some (or preferably all) of Utah’s five national parks. They’ll be less crowded and cooler. So we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have decided to help motivate you. In this five-part mini-series blog we will focus on the best ways to explore these parks. This post focuses on Arches National Park, arguably the most iconic of the five parks.

Arches is aptly named, as the park contains almost 2,000 different natural arches and bridges. Delicate Arch – the most famous, and the most visited arch in the park – is featured on the Utah license plate. Check out these locations to get the most out of your visit:

Go to the Devil’s Garden – this is the second most popular destination in Arches, after Delicate Arch. It makes for a nice drive. We encourage you to get out and hike the Devil’s Garden Trail. It takes you past about half-a-dozen arches, and some other cool geological features. But perhaps the most amazing feature is Landscape Arch. Landscape Arch is remarkably thin, and, the truth is, it won’t be around for many more years. In a generation or two it will have collapsed. So go see it while you can.

Get Lost (not literally) in the Fiery Furnace – this one of the coolest areas in the park. The sandstone fins and spires that rise from the desert sands create a maze. Because the Fiery Furnace is difficult to navigate, you should consider signing up with for the ranger-lead hikes. Of course you can hike there by yourself, if you are feeling adventurous, but you need to get a permit first. Regardless of how you choose to explore the Furnace, we think you’ll be impressed. We definitely were.

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