Arches National Park
is one of my favorite places. I’ve been
there three times: 10/88, 4/98, and 5/05. I still haven’t done that
complete Devil’s Garden Primitive Loop hike, just its shorter Double-O
Arch trail instead. So, one of my own reasons for having this fun again!
Compared to many national parks, Arches is small (72,379 acres), but it’s also very scenic and very popular. It preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world.
I need at least 11 persons signed up by April 1, to hold the group camp site named Juniper Basin in the park’s Devils Garden Campground. A very nice campsite, it is already reserved for both Sunday, May 4th and Monday, May 5th. If having more than 11 persons, I’ll revise its reservation by paying those additional $3 per day (to be refunded to me!). It has an adjacent restroom and accommodates up to 55 people and 7 vehicles.
• COST: $10.00 per vehicle = Arches NP entry (valid in/out for 7 days), plus $3.00 per person/per night camping fee for a total of at least $6.00 per person (plus division of carpooling gasoline and that $10 NP fee).
• Hotel/Motel/Restaurant Accommodations: For those who do not care to camp in tents (or cook their meals), but would still like to join us for the Sunday/Monday/Tuesday hikes, please visit the following Websites for Moab, UT and also pay close attention when we drive thru this city:
• Moab Lodging - http://www.discovermoab.com/hotels.htm
• Moab Hotels - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g60724-Moab_Utah-Hotels.html
• Moab Utah Restaurant/Dining - http://www.go-utah.com/Moab/Restaurants/
• Moab Adventure Center - http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/areainfo/restaurants.php
If needing such lodging instead of our campsite, make your selections and reservations ASAP.
• Weather conditions: Arches National Park or Moab, Utah.
Temperatures: average in May is high of 82 and low of 51; only 0.28 precipitation potential
Meet: 7:15 AM on Sunday morning, May 4th, M&I Bank parking lot at the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road, across the driveway from Denny’s. For those leaving their cars behind, please park them by the east or north curb. We will try to take off about 7:30. It is about an eight-hour drive from here to Arches NP (468 miles) and we should arrive there at about 3:30 PM. Have lunch in Kayenta at about noon; pick up gas and any other things. If anyone is leaving at different times, please let me know when you are departing, so I will know when to expect you at the Arches NP an then our campground.
Drive: From Phoenix, take Interstate-17 north to Flagstaff, then further north using US 89. Next, go NE onto US 163 to Kayenta, then north past Monument Valley, San Juan River, etc to US 191. This highway continues north to Moab, UT (passing Bluff, Blanding, and Monticello, etc). Now, just 5 miles north to Arches NP. Upon entry/registration, drive about 18 miles north to Devil’s Garden Campground; then southeast another mile to our Juniper Basin campsite. When completing established tents, etc we can consider scenic drives/hikes for that afternoon (see below). These listings can be selected/ordered depending on weather, sunshine, etc.
Afternoon hikes (Sunday or Monday):
1. Park Avenue = 1 or 2 miles (thru-hike or out-and-back)/30 to 60 minutes/320' elevation change; MODERATE
2. Balanced Rock = 0.3 mile/15 to 30 minutes; EASY
3. North and South Windows Primitive Loop = 1.25 miles/30 to 60 minutes; EASY
4. Delicate Arch = 3 miles/2 to 3 hours/480' elevation change; MODERATE
5. Fiery Furnace (Park Ranger guided/to be scheduled) = 2 miles/2-1/2 to 3 hours; MODERATE
6. Tower Arch = 3.4 miles/2 to 3 hours; MODERATE
7. Skyline Arch = 0.4 mile/10 to 20 minutes; EASY
Morning/midday hikes (Monday or Tuesday):
1. Turret Arch = 0.4 mile; EASY
2. Double Arch = 0.8 mile/15 to 30 minutes; EASY
3. Broken Arch = 1.3 miles/30 to 60 minutes; EASY
4. Sand Dune Arch = 0.3 mile/15 to 30 minutes; EASY
5. Devils Garden Primitive Loop = 7.2 miles/3 to 5 hours; STRENUOUS
6. Delicate Arch Viewpoint = 100 yards/10 to 15 minutes; EASY
|updated July 10, 2015|