You haven’t seen true natural beauty until you’ve seen the arches and canyons of the American Southwest! Years of erosion from wind and water have shaped the terrain of Utah into soft, flowing valleys and towering spires of rock. Utah’s arches and canyons should be on your “must visit” vacation list, and you’ll need several days to take in every amazing sight. In order to do this vacation right, pick up an El Monte RV in Salt Lake City or get an RV rental from a location closer to your home from one of the other numerous El Monte RV rental locations found throughout the U.S. and then get ready for the expedition of a lifetime!
Your first destination should be Dead Horse Point State Park. Despite its name, the park is anything but dead! The most famous feature of the park is the view from the top of a 2,000 foot prominence above a “gooseneck curve” in the Colorado River. Over the millennia, the river has carved its way deep into the rock of the park, leaving layer after layer of fantastic, multi-colored rock. The sight of the river’s slow and steady meandering journey through the landscape will take your breath away.
A short drive away you’ll find Arches National Park. The name may be simple, but there’s a reason this is a world-famous destination for lovers of the great outdoors. You have to see the natural arches to believe them. The graceful arcs of stone look like they shouldn’t be able to stand on their own. The longest, Landscape Arch, is an incredible 306 feet long! After you’ve finished snapping pictures, take some time to sit back and simply enjoy the view!
If you’re ready to find an even more hands-on approach towards examining the arches, check out the Moab Adventure Center to sign up for some rock climbing and canyoneering. At the Adventure Center, expert guides will help you suit up and scramble over hundreds of feet of red rock. You can even rappel down into chasms or off a giant arch!
After getting up close and personal, the next best way to see the parks is from up high. The best way to do that is by way of a hot air balloon! Canyonlands Ballooning will take your group up, up and away over Moab, Utah, and all of the incredible surrounding countryside. The expansive view of the landscape can’t really be comprehended until you take it all in slowly from the sky.
Another view you can’t get anywhere else isn’t just from the sky – it’s of the sky itself. Far from bright city lights, take your RV out at night to meet up with Redrock Astronomy. After arriving at a designated “dark sky site,” Redrock Astronomy will regale you with tales of how early Native Americans understood the universe and their relation to the stars. You’ll get to examine those stars through a high-powered telescope and see them with a level of clarity that’s impossible to attain near towns and cities.
The arches and canyons of Utah are like a whole different world. Pick up an El Monte RV motor home today and you can head out on an expedition you’ll remember for your entire life! Remember to plan ahead and reserve your camp site inside the Arches National Park HERE! For information on locating other RV campground locations CLICK HERE.
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Picture Credits: Panoramic Arches National Park by Bruno Monginoux and Double Arches under Milky Way by John Fowler, both licensed under Flickr Creative Commons