Getting on/off vans. Hiking around 6 miles. Elevation gains for the day 500 feet.
Early each morning we have the luxury of walking (or taking the van) down the street to the Moab Diner for breakfast, a Moab favorite. There's no doubt you'll walk away satisfied with extensive menu choices and prompt, friendly service.
Vans depart hotel for Arches National Park. After a beautiful and dramatic drive through the entrance of Arches National Park, we stop at “Park Avenue” viewpoint for a brief introductory lecture. Next we van to “Devil’s Garden” for a beautiful hike to Landscape Arch, the longest arch in the park. Then you have the option of hiking to other nearby arches with more breathtaking views. (3.5 mi RT). We van or walk to our picnic area.
A local market prepares our fresh box lunches each day so that we can enjoy them in the scenic outdoors. Lunch will include your choice of sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and water.
After lunch we get to enjoy another hike to Sand Dune Arch. We'll take time to talk about how life has adapted to live in this dry, often hot (May-Sept), high-desert climate. After this hike, we'll drive to the Windows area of the Park and explore North and South Windows and Turret Arches. We then travel along the Colorado River to see Petroglyph Panels that take us back thousands of years. We will talk about the importance of this art, along with why we find it where we do.
At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, with choices from a menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.