Getting on/off vans. Total driving time 2 hours with stops, about 80 miles. Hiking around 8 miles depending upon trails chosen. Elevation gains 600 feet.
Each morning we have the luxury of walking (or taking the van) down the street to the Moab Diner for breakfast, a Moab favorite. We will enjoy a plated meal, with choices from a menu, plus coffee, tea, water, juices.
We will board our vans and depart the hotel for a beautiful drive to Dead Horse State Park, stopping at the visitor center. From here, we will begin our hike of the Rim Trail, a 4-mile trek through rolling terrain with stunning views of the iconic Colorado River valley.
Fresh boxed lunch.
We will then hike to one of the largest arches in the area, Corona Arch, a natural sandstone arch. We’ll talk about how and where arches form, and why they are so prevalent in this region. We'll make a stop on our drive back to view ancient rock art on Wall Street. We’ll learn about petroglyphs, pictographs, the differences between the two, and the people that created them. We will return to our hotel in Moab.
At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, with choices from a menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After a very full day of hiking and exciting educational adventures, the evening is at leisure. We may explore the shops of Moab, rest, or enjoy the nice swimming pool and hot tub at our hotel.