day32-34 - canyonlands and arches national parks

Moab Travel Blog

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The last three days we stayed on a campground in Moab and visited the Canyonland National Park (2 times) and the Arches National Park (1 time).
Canyonland National Park: I can highly recommend to visit this park.
We did on our first day the Murphy Trailhead which is a 15km hike. First you walk to the border to the Island in the Sky. There we went down into the valley, along a pretty steep way. But if you are an average hiker, no problem you can do that. In the valley we followed some washs for about 6km and then the same way up back to the start. One thing: dont forget to carry at least 3-4 liter of water, because it will be around 35 degrees celsius and the air is pretty dry. This was a very interesting and impressive hike, but day two was even better.

On that second day we have been on the Chesler Park. This hike starts at the Elefant Hill Trailhead, goes down to the Elefant Canyon and on the other site up to the Needles. Walk the way through the Needles and there will be a huge grassy plain, surrounded by crag walls. Follow the Loop Trail and after a few miles you will be in the middle of a cleavage in such a crag. You can then follow this cleavage (and if you like turn to other cleavages in that crag. This is a great experience and a big fun. After that you still follow the Loop Trail and then on the same way back to the starting point.

The third day we visited the Arches National Park. It was ok, but not as interesting as the first two days have been and totally overcrowded, while on day 1 and 2 we were almost unescorted.
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