Road Trip: Moab and Arches National Park, Utah.

So after Rifle, we needed someplace else to go. Since we were told by the RV company (probably incorrectly, we’ve discovered since we’ve been back) that  you can’t take an RV into places where it’s going to get below freezing, our options were limited.

I had never been to Moab or the parks near there before so we chose that. It was only a couple hours from Rifle to Moab so we got there while it was still light. It is really pretty over there, just like you’ve seen in a million pictures of the area.

But Moab itself is a big giant tourist trap. The main area is only a few blocks long and lined with expensive “antique” shops, tee shirt stores, and overpriced restaurants. But oddly, we could only find one place to get any coffee.  Oh yea, there are several cafes and coffee houses in the area, but they all close at like 2:00. That’s ridiculous. Anyhow,  it was great coffee. The people who work there are really nice and my latte was really good. It sure wasn’t tourist town espresso, that’s for sure. The people working there helped us figure out where we were and where we should camp.  I can’t remember the name of the place and Google maps and Yelp aren’t helping me. They didn’t even put the name of the place on the receipt! Anyhow, it’s a little store set back from the sidewalk and they also sell clothes. It’s on the corner of Main and East 100 North.

Once we figured out where we were going to camp we headed down there.  The campground (Canyonlands Campground) was a glorified parking lot but it turned out to be just what we needed because it was across the street from the Moab BrewPub. We went over there and snagged a seat in the bar (the restaurant was an hour wait on a Thursday night). It was about a million degrees in there and Utah has stupid liquor laws so we tasted a few beers and had some hummus, which by the way was the best hummus I’ve ever had so there’s that. Then we left and walked around a little bit cuz it was decently warm out.

Beer tasting at Moab BrewPub.

Beer tasting at Moab BrewPub.

Delicious hummus plate from Moab BrewPub, Moab, UT.

Delicious hummus plate from Moab BrewPub, Moab, UT.

The next day we went through Arches National Park. We took a three-mile hike practically straight uphill to Delicate Arch.

An old cabin built by someone who actually lived here in the 1800s, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

An old cabin built by someone who actually lived here in the 1800s, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

Even tho there aren't many trees, the scenery was pretty and the leaves were changing color. Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Even tho there aren't many trees, the scenery was pretty and the leaves were changing color. Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Since it was such a trek, and the time of year, there were only a few other people there. It was actually pretty spectacular.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Delicate Arch is really huge. Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Delicate Arch is really huge. Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

It looked like rain but it never did rain. We were idiots and didn’t bring water and I was soooooo thirsty. It had rained the night before and there were all these puddles of water in the rocks so I just drank out of them. I’m sure people thought I was weird, but it’s just rain water, sheesh.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

Arches National Park, Moab, UT.

After the hike we drove to a few more arches but they weren’t nearly as neat from the car as from right up close.