We picked up our rental car from the Aspen Airport and started our trek West towards Utah. We received a slightly larger SUV than what we had requested and it ended up being perfect size for all our luggage. We stopped at a Target to pick up a cheap Styrofoam cooler and snack/lunch items for the road. I also picked up a cheap DVD (4 pack-Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Atonement & Elizabeth) because the SUV had a DVD player! I am not the best car traveller, as I get sick if I read and I am bored within 30 minutes of being in the car, so watching movies is a great way for me to occupy my time (yes, I am like a small child).
Our plan was to visit a different park everyday for the next five days before arriving in Las Vegas. This map was printed on a placemat at a diner we stopped at for dinner one night. I snapped a picture of it because it showed all the parks we were planning on visiting: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon & Zion.
We arrived in Arches National Park in the afternoon. We drove through the park & stopped at the Devil’s Garden trailhead, where we did a short hike.
Group shot at Landscape Arch.
We did another (longer) hike to Delicate Arch. The views were amazing. On our hike back to the car it started to get dark & we had a brief rain shower before the sun came out again.
We left the park at dark & stayed the night in Moab.