Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

Dawn - Sometimes An Ultrarunner

April 1, 2015

Counting Arches at....Arches NP (+ Hell's Revenge Trail)

This was Jim's first visit to Arches National Park, so we hit the highlights, a little of everything.   There's a reason National Parks are popular...the scenery is usually amazing.  Arches NP seems to be the epitome of that, with jaw-dropping views along every road in the park.

Landscape Arch is looking pretty narrow....
We started counting arches as soon as we saw one, and finished the day with a count of 28 arches, ranging from the largest arch, 308 foot Landscape Arch (see it now before it collapses) to small ones no more than a few feet across.  Unbelievably, the Arches NP brochure claims there are over 2,000 arches in the park.  I guess we've got a few thousand more to go find someday!

At any rate, there is a lot more to explore in Arches, not to mention the rest of the Moab area...arches are hiding everywhere :)

We also rented a RZR (pronounced Razor) with a couple of friends, and took it above Moab to a jeep trail called Hell's Revenge.   These diminutive little vehicles can crawl and climb over almost anything and make it look easy.  With a low center of gravity and large shocks, they make jeeps look slow and awkward.   We motored around the trail in about half the time it would take a full-sized vehicle to get around the steep climbs and descents.  The best part was watching other people try the really hard stuff along the route, with sometimes spectacular results.   (See photos below, thanks Sherrie for taking some great ones!)

Friends Clark and Sherrie join us for the RZR ride
A jeep tips over trying to spin out of the "Hot Tub" obstacle, spilling a bunch of gear!
This one almost, but not quite, makes it...and comes close to flipping in the process.
The trails of rubber are easy to follow across the slick rock

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