Deep in the desert of Utah, sits one of the most enigmatic National Parks in the United States – Arches.
The park has over 2000 natural rocks arch formations and one of the most unique landscapes we’ve seen in the States. Here, you’re guaranteed to spend most of your time staring at the horizon in absolute awe.
Arches is a great place to visit as a family, boasting several trails with a wide range of difficulty, some suitable for little ones to do by themselves. You can see which hikes are the most suitable for your family by visiting this full list of hikes in the Arches National Park.
Having said that, I’d recommend you take into consideration the potential of extreme heat, or rainfall, both of which can heavily influence how much you can hike.
When we visited, it was over 40c / 104f during the day, so we could only hike at sundown. Even then, it was too hot for my little one, and I ended up having to leave C and Rob behind during the Delicate Arch trail, trying to rush and catch the famous arch by sunset. I failed, but the arch certainly didn’t fail me – it was one of the most extraordinary sights I’ve ever seen! Conscious that I had left my boys behind with no water left, I didn’t spend too much time around the arch – just enough to snap a few pictures of the truly spectacular Delicate Arch.
We returned to the park the next day, again at sunset to visit a few more sights, including the Balancing Rock (above), Windows and Park Avenue (just below). Can you believe this landscape?!
The enormity of the region’s natural development and geological changes definitely put our (very small) existence into perspective – tiny specs of life in this great and powerful world.
On our way back to Moab, we spotted Mater- C’s favourite character from the Disney movie Cars! Coolest town ever.
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