An RV Adventure into Arches National Park

Double Arch in Arches National Park

Double Arch in Arches National Park

The landscapes of Utah are fascinating, with incredible stone arches, balanced rocks, red rock pinnacles and spires towering towards the sky. Arches National Park is a paradise of rock formation delights. It is worth a trip in an RV, exploring these natural wonders of our world.

Expect high temperatures in the summer months. The desert is, after all, the desert, and offers challenges like no other place on Earth. However, the features you can view at Arches are a treat. You’ll also find all sorts of hiking opportunities which you won’t be able to pass up. Just remember to tote lots of water with you.

Once you enter the park, you will come to the Park Avenue Trail and Viewpoint, a spot where a two-mile round trip hike will let you stretch those muscles. You will be greeted with some spectacular viewing pleasure. Further along the park road you will have to stop at La Sal Mountains Viewpoint. Grab your camera and get some shots of the La Sal range in the distance.

Some think desert landscapes all look alike, but nothing could be further from the truth at Arches National Park. You will see from Courthouse Towers Viewpoint the rock towers that make this a famous stop. At the Tower of Babel, view the amazing rock formation sticking right up out of the flat desert floor, giving you food for thought. How did this ever come to be?

The Petrified Dunes is not just a viewpoint but a possible adventure. Here you can take off over the land to the east, following no trail but your instinct will lead the way. These dunes were once made of sand, but now are covered with sediment and were compressed into Navajo Sandstone sculptures. Of course, there is no denying that the Balanced Rock is likely the most famous attraction in Arches. Hike the loop trail around the base. It is only 0.3 miles round trip.

Balanced Rock in Arches National Park

Balanced Rock in Arches National Park

Take a right and head for the Windows Section, not long after you begin heading north from Balanced Rock. The Windows Section offers a number of good hiking trails, plus incredible views. Taking the Windows Loop Trail will get you right up close and personal with the North and South Windows as well as the Turret Arch. Heading back to the main park road, stop at Cove of Caves to see these caves etched magically into the red rock formations.

Continue north to Panorama Point with many wonders to enjoy, and turn to make a stop at Wolfe Ranch to see this fascinating historic site. Further on are the Upper and Lower Delicate Arches, with more nice trails to explore.

As you backtrack to take Devils Garden Trailhead, you will find the perfect place to camp. At Devils Garden Campground there are some sites available for RVs up to 30 feet in length. Stay the night before heading home. You will be happy to be able to enjoy this National Park just a while longer. A trip to remember – a journey through Arches National Park in an RV.

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