For our Arches National Park day, we rented a house in Moab through Arches Vacation Rentals. With 3 families, it was a much cheaper option than getting three hotel rooms for two nights. Since it was a regular house rental, we had a full kitchen and plenty of room for the kids to run around. The name of this property was Desert View.
A quick review of the house itself…
The grand total cost for this house (5/6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms) for two nights was $1359.88. The view and location of this house could not be beat. It was about a 5-10 minute drive into the actual town of Moab, and about 15-20 minutes to the Arches National Park entrance. There was so much space in the house for all of us. The only thing that I was disappointed with was how the kitchen was stocked. There was definitely not enough of anything for the number of people the house holds…silverware, cups, etc. Also, to actually cook a meal…pots, pans, etc. We used the grill and that was fine. I did do a load of laundry here, and it was nice to be able to do that.
To get into the park, you needed to have a Personal Vehicle Timed Entry. We ordered this in early May as soon as we were able to. The cost was only $2.00, and you needed this to get through the gate. We chose 7:00-8:00 a.m. entry so we could get in early and beat some of the crowds.
If you read my previous post, you will know that we used the GyPSyGuide app.
We also used it in this park and it was amazing. He told us so many facts throughout the park, and places we definitely should or should not stop.
On this map, we entered at the very bottom near the Visitor Center.
Our first stop was Park Avenue Trail lookout:
Many of the stops had trails you could walk on. We did not walk on every trail. We did more of a “lookout” around the landscape.
At the next lookout, we could see a few different landmarks.
The Three Gossips, Sheep Rock, Tower of Babel, and The Organ :
The GyPSyGuide app provided so many additional details throughout this park. About the landscape, rock formations, animals, etc. etc. 100% worth the cost!
This park was amazing to me! The different formations all throughout were just beautiful.
This was one of my favorite parts…the Windows.
This was another favorite for me! It was a short walk to see the Double Arch up close.
You can see how massive this is based upon the size of the people underneath it!
Sand Dune was a favorite for the kids.
This whole area was full of sand! It was kind of like being on a beach with no ocean, and with huge rock formations all around you. We spent a good bit of time here.
It was about this time that some of us were getting very hot and tired, and some others wanted to take an actual hike. So we split into two groups. The girls and I headed to the grocery store to get some snacks, and then home to shower and take a nap while we waited for everyone else.
The others did a hike on the Primitive Trail in Devils Garden and then after that a few continued on to do another hike to Delicate Arch.
We only had one day in this park. It was plenty of time if you are just doing the lookout points and some of the smaller hikes. If you want to do more hiking, I would add a second day here.
I LOVED THIS PARK! I loved all of the parks we visited on this trip. Each one offered something completely different!