On to the desert part of our vacation (See part 1 HERE)
We drove from the Vail area toward Moab, UT. It was a 4 hour drive, but we had about 3 days to kill.
Moab was hopping!! I had never been there this time of year, and it turns out it is their busy season. It was awesome! There were active people everywhere, running, road biking, mountain biking, hiking, boating, and who knows what else.
After grabbing a hotel room, we drove over to Dead Horse Point. It is an awesome area, and you can drive directly to the overlook. But both of us had enough driving so we walked the 1.5 mile trail to the overlook to stretch our legs.
To read the legend of Dead Horse Point, click HERE.
It would have been cool to see when the sun was setting, but we didn’t feel like sitting there for 2 hours waiting for that to happen. We went back into town and grabbed a good dinner.
The drive to the trailhead is 30 miles on a dirt road with only cows for company – we had rented a minivan so this was a little interesting to say the least.
We made it to the trailhead and headed down the trail, some of the cactus were starting to flower which was cool.
Within the first mile of climbing down into the canyon, there is a dinosaur track.
Then it was time to hike down into the canyon. We could see a group of people ahead of us, they looked so tiny!
Once down in the canyon, there are 3 specific sets of pictographs that you get to see before getting to the Great Gallery.
After about 3-3 1/2 miles you get to the Great Gallery. It is a panel that is about 100 feet wide with spooky figures that are as large as 8 ft tall. It is really awesome, and I couldn’t get the whole thing in a single shot with my camera. It spans the entire wall in the below photos.
One set of pictographs really grabs your attention more than the others, I have read that this is often called the Holy Ghost Pictograph.
It really draws you to it, and the thing is, there is so much detail in some of the other pictographs on the panel that it is funny that this is the one you keep going to.
Anyway, we headed back to our minivan and drove to Moab to discover that friends of our from Caratunk/The Forks were in MOAB!!! They were getting ready to put on the San Juan river.
We drove directly to their campsite on the Colorado River and spent the rest of the afternoon/evening with them.
Yes, the joke flew around that we had to drive 2500 miles to have a beer and dinner together.
The next morning, we got up early trying to catch sunrise in the Arches National Park. I love this park, it is so accessible, yet you can hike and get away from most of the crowds.
We didn’t have a lot of time for hiking (we had to drive to Colorado and pick up our friends coming down from the 1oth Mountain Huts) so we drove the loop road and got a few nice photos.
Then it was time to head back to Colorado and pick up our friends.
So that is our trip! We had a great time for sure, even though it went a little differently than originally planned.
I think next year I want to spend a little more time in the Moab area – it was so warm and there was so much to do and see (I really would love to spend all of April there sometime, because April in Maine kind of sucks).
It would be an awesome training ground to base out of as well. I came back home with visions of biking outside and on Sunday it was 20 degrees and windy so I ended up on the trainer for a few hours instead.
Thanks for reading!