After Mesa Verde (changinglanesrv.com/mesa-verde/), we headed up to Moab and Arches National Park! This turned out to be one of our favorite stops in the summer of 2019!
Portal RV Resort
For our stay in Moab, we booked Portal RV Resort (www.portalrvresort.com/). This was a very nice park, split into two sections. There's a campground side with gravel sites and cement pads as well as a resort side with all cement sites that are very large. Many of the resort side sites are connected to townhomes, so it was a bit different to be parked between two buildings. However, this setup did provide lots of privacy as well as some additional shade.
Motorcycle Ride to Arches
We arrived on a Sunday, which put us directly into a work-day our first full day. But the cool thing about being out West and working on Eastern Daylight Time in the summer is, there is plenty of time after work to get out and adventure before the sun goes down. And that's what we did, venturing out on Lucile (our 2017 Indian Roadmaster) to see Arches National Park (www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm).
Arches National Park was absolutely amazing! While we didn't stop on this round to get up close to the arches, we did ride all the way to the back of the park and got a feel for where we wanted to hike on our next visit.
Daisy's First Ride!
We decided another day after work to take a ride to Canyonlands National Park (www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm). But, this time, we decided to give Daisy a shot at riding in her new carrier (amzn.to/2GIfYKP), wearing her new Doggles! (amzn.to/2uRsiWC)
It was another beautiful ride, but we decided to cut it short and not go all the way to Canyonlands for Daisy's sake. She just didn't seem to enjoy highway speeds.
4×4 Moab Sand Flats Recreation Center
On the weekend, our friends Dan and Eva came up from Cortez, CO with their dirt bikes to join us in some off-roading adventures! We rented a Razr 4×4 from Moab Side X Side Adventures (moabsidexside.com/) and took off to Sand Flats Recreation Area! (grandcountyutah.net/287/Sand-Flats-Recreation-Area)
THIS WAS A BLAST!!!!
This recreation area is very well mapped and the trails are very well marked and rated. We decided to take the “Fins N Things” trail first, to warm up. But, “Hell's Revenge” lived up to its name!
The latter trail ends up on a bluff over the Colorado River, where we took a break and spotted a road for the bike! We had SO MUCH FUN driving the Razr and highly recommend this experience for those up for the challenge!
Arches National Park!
On another day after work, we headed back to Arches in the truck to do some hikes and get some pictures in the evening light. Evening in the summer seems to be the best time to go into Arches. It stay's light very late, the temperature is much nicer, and there seem to be no crowds at all!
We drove to an area of arches called “Windows” and hiked to a couple of arches. These arches are absolutely amazing to see in person. It's difficult to capture on video or pictures just how enormous they are!
We also stuck around to get some sunset pictures behind Balanced Rock and got some AMAZING photos and video. There are a LOT more hiking trails we didn't see. We have to save something for next time!
One of our last outings in Moab was to ride the road we saw while in Sand Flats. Route 128 hugs the Colorado River and was only about 2 miles from our RV Park! We took Daisy along for another ride and she seemed much better at a slower pace.
The ride did not disappoint! Absolutely gorgeous scenery around every corner!
Of all the areas we visited this summer, this one was certainly in the top two and we can't wait to go back!