Early in the fall of 2010, Alan wrote to me asking if I would be up for a mid-November camping trip to Arches National Park. It's a mere seven hour drive from my new home in Los Alamos, so I told him that I definitely was. After upgrading some of my camping equipment for colder weather, we were ready to go.
Arches National Park
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- Day 1 - We got up early on Saturday morning, packed our stuff in my car, and were backing out of the driveway at just after 6:00am. The drive up was pretty uneventful, taking us through various towns in northern New Mexico, southern Colorado, and eastern Utah. We crossed the Continental Divide along the way, but other than that the trip was quiet. We arrived at Arches at just after 1:00pm, giving us enough time to meander through the park toward the campground. On the way we stopped by Park Avenue and Balanced Rock. Eventually we made it to the campground, claimed our spot, and pitched our tents. Then we had just enough time to make a hike to Delicate Arch before the sun set. After that we cooked dinner and went to bed, looking forward to the long hike we had planned for the next day.
- Day 2 - This was a lightning trip, and day two was our "do stuff during the daylight" day. We camped next to Skyline Arch, so the day started with a quick stagger over to see it as the sun came up. We then headed to the Devil's Garden trails, where we spent the rest of the morning.
First on the trail were Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch. Just down the trail from them was the immense Landscape Arch, right next to the collapsed Wall Arch.
After a short hike we reached Partition Arch and Navajo Arch, which were both more secluded than the previous ones. We then learned the true meaning of "secluded" when we made our way to Double-O Arch and Private Arch.
Eventually we made it back to civilization to see the Window Arches and Turret Arch, our last arches before leaving the park. By then the day was ending, so we started to make the long drive back to Los Alamos. In the snow.