Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dead Horse Point State Park - Arches National Park

Our journey continues...

I'm several days behind on my blogging as its Sunday June17 & we are
now in Colorado, but first I have to tell you about Weds, Thurs & Friday.

On Wednesday morning we packed up and left Capital Reef NP and headed
Northeast about 150 miles to the Moab, Ut area.

Our home for the next 3 days had electricity and good internet so much of our
time there was spent by me getting caught up on work.

Since we visited this area last year we had expected to have some downtime anyway
so it worked out perfect.

Our site in Deadhorse Point Campground #21 was secluded and tucked into the
Junipers with a long range view.

It is a small wonderful campground on a plateau above the colorado and Green Rivers in an
area of majestic scenery.   To see some more of the area look at our blogs from
last May.

We did find some time on Friday to do a little exploring so we first made a quick tour
of the Red Canyon that runs from Moab north east.  The canyon is cut by the 
Colorado River as it descends from the East into Moab.
It has numerous BLM Campgrounds and is a big river rafting area.

After the Red Canyon we headed back towards home but first stopped at 
Arches National Park for a short hike in the 100 degree heat.

This is Twin Arches.
It was about a mile hike to the arch, but a cool respite in the shade is your reward.
See the people in the picture?

We were glad to get this one under our belt as we wanted to do it last spring but since
the busy season is earlier in the year the trailhead parking was full last year.

In the summer the park attendance drops due to the heat, and the fact that although
you certainly can drive the park and see a lot - Arches is really best seen by foot.

This formation is called The Three Wise Men...

Wonder where they got that name?

On Saturday Morning we packed camp again and headed another 150 miles or so
East and are now sitting in the higher elevation, and cool Gambrel Oak Forest of
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

The Black Canyon is one of my old stomping grounds from when I lived in Denver.
I've visited this park many times as it was part of a great 3 or 4 day motorcycle loop
thru the Colorado Rockies.

We just got back from our morning adventures here...  cooked some nice Boars Head
Hotdogs on the grill and the Doodles are exhausted and passed out on the couch.

More on our visit here tomorrow perhaps.

1 comment:

  1. THose arches are so cool! I almost didn't see the people, they are so huge (the arches, that is)!


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