Pre Moab tends to be a warm up. Moab is where it really gets happening.
We were in Moab for several days as Greg had to fly back to Toronto to attend a wedding. That left us with only one car, so we stayed at the great Canyonlands RV Campground practically in the middle of town. It was hard to book campsites for the extended period, but we solved the problem by splurging on a cabin for the boys over the weekend involved. They didn’t mind that as it had air conditioning and it was pretty hot. Everything was handy and we were able to fit everyone into one car for the many short excursions that were available around town.
On the first day there we were determined to get Greg into some of the best Moab had to offer before he had to drive to Salt Lake City that evening, so we did the hike to Delicate Arch. It’s only 3 miles round trip, but it was our first difficult hike, being mostly uphill on the way there and with the temperature exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit. There isn’t much shade on the hike. During the afternoon there was a ranger at the trail head warning hikers setting out and making sure they were properly prepared. There were still quite a few people on the trail as it is one of the area’s most well known and popular. In fact Delicate Arch acts as the symbol for the area. (Click on thumbnails for larger pictures.)
On the second day we went in to Poison Spider Cycles to arrange for the day of mountain biking, and settled on doing it the following day. Then we went to one of my favorite hikes in the area. I was pretty sure I knew where the trailhead was, although we had trouble finding it. Turns out they’d changed the name. What has always been “Negro Bill Canyon” was changed to “Grandstaff Canyon”, causing some confusion. (A little research shows that it also caused a lot of controversy when they did it.) It is a two mile walk in to Morning Glory Arch covering a spring and little shaded oasis. It is a wonderful destination for a relatively simple and level hike following a creek. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Just don’t be fooled by the level terrain and take lots of water on a super hot day like what we had.
On our third day in Moab the boys did their mountain biking, being shuttled to a location with lots of trails of varying difficulty located several miles north of town. I’m not a mountain biker, my helmeted head having had one too many close encounters with the ground in the past. The boys were fine and I was in contact with them by cell phone several times. I brought them water part way through the day. When they were finished with the trails they could ride back to town on a fantastic paved bike path that makes its way through the desert for miles. Mostly downhill, too. They could ride right back to the store and return their bikes. Many of them said that this day was one of the main highlights of the trip.
While in Moab we had the means to make our own meals with food from the grocery store just a block down the street, but we also had a chance to sample a few of the eateries in town. If you are ever visiting, we can strongly recommend the Moab Diner for basic food, and also the Moab Brewery for better food, but still at very reasonable prices. We also tried a place in town called Spokes, which had good food and service, but which seemed a little overpriced.
On our fourth day we took the two hour drive to Goblin State Park, on the west side of Canyonlands. I’ll continue with that in the next post.