Family Adventure

The family reunites in Moab!

Airport - Salt Lake City (Photo by Laura)Pink Pony (Photo by Laura)

Sand Hill

First, a stop at the sandy hill across from the entrance to Arches National Park. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 38.6130, -109.6133  This spot would prove to be the four-year-old's favorite place in Utah!

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That evening, we all camped together for one overlapping night before our adventures would diverge. M has a nifty rooftop tent on his car. Camping south of Moab See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 38.3802, -109.4452 

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Goblin Valley

So much to explore! We could spend days wandering, climbing, and getting lost among the Goblins. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 38.5646, -110.7035 

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Little Wild Horse Canyon

Everyone enjoyed clambering around in the Little Wild Horse slot canyon. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 38.5825, -110.8029 

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Molly's Castle

We experimented by taking an unpaved "shortcut" road from Goblin Valley back to the main highway, but got distracted by the beauty of Molly's Castle at sunset — and decided to camp there for the night. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 38.5794, -110.6880 

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We were buzzed by a squadron of paramotor trikes.

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The next morning — stopping to play in some sand dunes. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 38.5614, -110.6458 

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Lime Creek Watch Tower Ruin

On to Cedar Mesa!

Some rocks remain in circular formation at this elevated spot with a commanding view of the surrounding mesa. Nearby was also this curious conical structure made of branches. Ancient, or recently constructed? Hard to say. It looks about the same as when I last saw it three years ago.

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Valley of the Gods

We descended the Moki Dugway, an unpaved (why is it still unpaved, I wonder?) section of Highway 261 that drops 1000 feet, from Cedar Mesa down into the Valley of the Gods. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 37.2740, -109.9395 

Moki Dugway - Looking Down into Valley of the Gods (on the left) (Photo by Laura)

Once again, camping at my favorite spot in Valley of the Gods. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 37.2911, -109.8526 

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Hobbs Wash Ruin

I had heard that ruin was less than a mile from a major road, so we decided to see if we could find it with our four-year old explorer.

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On the way, we encountered a pair of huge friendly white sheepdogs. Apparently, we were the best thing to happen to them all day. It took a while to convince them to go back to tending their sheep.

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Somehow, we brave parents managed to guide (& carry) our agile four-year-old to the ruin without any major canyon-plumeting injuries. Though this ruin is close to the road, finding our way down into the wash wasn't trivial.

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Under the prickly pear cactus, the midden in front of the cave dwelling was loaded with pottery shards and flaked stone tools. It was tempting to take home some souvenirs, but we left with only photographs.

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Abajo Mountains

Heading north towards Moab again, we took a detour through the Abajo Mountains, crossing Jackson Ridge at almost 10,000 ft. elevation. Patches of brilliant yellow color remained on the last autumn leaves of the aspen trees. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 37.8215, -109.5042 

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Newspaper Rock

Scratched into this rock is an amazing concentration of petroglyphs. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 37.9880, -109.5178 

Newspaper Rock - Petroglyphs (Photo by Laura)

Arches National Park

Sunset at Window Arch and Turret Arch See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 38.6870, -109.5366 

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Camping again, south of Moab.

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More playing on the sand hill.

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Devils Garden Hike

One last visit to Arches — with Landscape Arch, and then a hike among the fins of the Devils Garden trail. This is L's favorite hike in Arches National Park. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 38.7928, -109.6082 

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