– GOODBYE ORLANDO –
After three and a half months of working in Disney Spring, Orlando, it is a mixed feeling for me to start the journey of my life to the west coast of America! I am so excited but heavy hearted at the same time to leave the workplace for good. I had so much fun working and going to the theme parks with my colleagues. It was such an unforgettable journey for me since the day I touched down in the United State.
I bought my flight from Orlando International Airport to Salt Lake City for $146 one way. After touching down at 12 midnight, I rented a car (which I booked earlier) and drove all the way down to Arches National Park. It was a 4 hours long and dark drive along the freeway. The good thing about all these national parks is that you can get an annual pass for just $80, but if you’re a tourist or just traveling around like me, it is probably not as worth as it sounds. However, you will still need to get the annual pass for each National Parks that you want to visit. The Annual Pass includes admittance to more than 2,000 recreation areas managed by six Federal agencies. Do take note that one pass can covers a vehicle at sites that charge “per vehicle” while at “per person” sites, the applicable fee will be charged for each additional person.
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
My first stop was Arches National Park. It was on one of my bucket lists when I accidentally stumble upon a picture from Instagram that inspires me to go to Delicate Arches. Arches National Park lies north of Moab in the state of Utah. Bordered by the Colorado River in the southeast, it’s known as the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, such as the massive, red-hued Delicate Arch. Other geological formations include Balanced Rock, towering over the desert landscape in the middle of the park. The red rock landscape at Arches makes me feel timeless. It is like rolling hill, one come after another.
Useful Tips :
Consider attending a ranger-led program to learn more about this special place. Be early and check for their daily schedule in case you missed out the ranger-led program. It is free for the public so why not learn while you explore the nature?
Most of the National Parks requires a permit while others advised but not required, unless the trip involves canyoneering or an overnight stay in the backcountry. However, There are no restaurants or lodges in Arches National Park. The nearest restaurants and hotels can only be found in Moab, Utah (five miles from the park entrance).
Picnic Areas :
If you have the whole day to yourself, try picnic at one of these picnic spots. All these areas have picnic tables and restrooms nearby. Some even have fire grates! Don’t miss picnic at Arches Visitor Center, Across the road from Balanced Rock, Delicate Arch Viewpoint, or the Devils Garden.
Delicate Arch :
People come from all over the world just to visit Delicate Arch. This is on the top of many visitors’ to-do lists including myself xD. This particular free-standing arch is widely recognized as a symbol of the state of Utah and one of the most famous geologic features in the world. Delicate arch is 46 feet high and 32 feet wide, making it the largest free-standing arch in the park. It has had more than a few names in its history, to name a few “Cowboy’s Chaps”, “Old Maid’s Bloomers”, and “Salt Wash Arch”. The term “Delicate” first appeared in January 1934 which described it as “the most delicately chiseled arch in the entire area.”
The trail to see Delicate Arch up close and personal is 3 miles (4.8 km) roundtrip and climbs 480 feet (146m). Along this steadily uphill trail, you’ll also pass the Wolfe Ranch cabin and a wall of Ute Indian Petroglyphs.
The hike up to Delicate Arch may seems to be never ending, but when you feel like quitting, remember why you started. Rest in the middle of your hike, bring water bottles and shades! If you need a map, remember to get it at the visitor center at the entrance. Try to enter the park before 7 am. Get an early start, and beat the crowds. Don’t forget to check the sunset and sunrise time on your phone. If you need any advice from me, feel free to drop me a comment below.
Arches National Park is open 24 hours a day, year-round.
- Sunday:Open 24 hours
- Monday:Open 24 hours
- Tuesday:Open 24 hours
- Wednesday:Open 24 hours
- Thursday:Open 24 hours
- Friday:Open 24 hours
- Saturday:Open 24 hours
Entrance Fees: (Without Annual Pass $80)
Private Vehicle Fee – $25.00
Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all its occupants.
Per Person – $10.00
Admits one individual with no car. Typically used for bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians.