Moab Bugs, 4×4 Roads and Snowballs

October 15-21, 2018 — This week we continued with exploration of the Moab, Utah area. With two national parks, a state park, a mountain range and an endless amount of things to see and do a week was just not enough. Now that the second week is done we feel that two weeks isn’t enough time, either. 

While in Moab we stayed on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) property. BLM typically restricts boondocking stays to 14 days and we prefer to stay within those limits. We cherish our public lands and have no desire to break the rules and risk losing the privilege of utilizing them. We could have remained onsite for three more days but with rain in the immediate forecast we chose to leave before our site became a muddy mess and chance getting the RV or car stuck. 

All nights this week were free stays with six nights boondocking on BLM land near Moab and one night at a Walmart in Richfield, Utah. 

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Boondocking on BLM land near Moab, Utah where we have a great view of the La Sal Mountains out the front window of the Vegas. It was a cold 26 degrees the morning of this photo but warmer sunny weather was in the forecast. 

Rock climbers on Potash Road near Moab, Utah. Fun to watch but not a sport we’ll be trying any time soon. 


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An up close look at the La Sal Mountains as seen from the Scenic Loop 50 mile drive. This photo stop may have involved a few snowballs….

Look at all these Volkswagen Beetles hanging out at Tom Tom’s in Moab, Utah. A lift kit, big tires and a little creativity and we could build an off road vehicle to take on the trails. The hard part would be deciding which one to buy. 

A parking lot in Arches National Park filled with rental RVs. It’s amazing how many rental units we have seen while traveling in the west. 

Hiking trail through this slot canyon leads to Sand Dune Arch. The 0.3 mile trail is flat with loose sand making it a somewhat challenging walk. 

The slot canyon opens up as you approach Sand Dune Arch allowing the sun to shine on the arch. 


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Delicate Arch is the most known arch in Arches National Park. The arch is featured on Utah’s license plates and much of their tourist materials. The arch can be viewed from three different points accessed by trails of varying difficulty. The freestanding arch is an amazing 60 feet tall.

This arch was visible from the Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

A dreary day in paradise. No worries, though, as we needed down time after two full days of exploring the La Sal Mountains and Arches National Park. It was a perfect day for a pot of chili, fluffy blanket and a good book. 


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Author Edward Abbey described Canyonlands National Park as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth – there is nothing else like it anywhere.” 

A glimpse of the scenic 100 mile White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park. The road is open to 4×4 vehicles with high clearance, bikes and motorcycles only. It looks like lots of fun and a bit scary. Maybe it’s time to go Jeep shopping so we can experience this in person. 

Looking out at Canyonlands National Park through the Mesa Arch. The landscape is stunning. 

Overlook at the Grand View Point at Canyonlands National Park. You could see for miles in the distance. 

Upheaval Dome at Canyonlands National Park is a unique geological mystery and there is much debate at to what created this impressive formation. Current theory is that it is a meteor crater. It is a definite must-see in person to experience the mystery. A 1.6 mile moderately strenuous out and back hike takes you from a parking area to two separate viewing areas of the Dome. 

Dead Horse Point near Moab, Utah overlooking a gooseneck in the Colorado River. Just this view alone justifies the $20 entrance fee to the State Park. 


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View from an overlook at Dead Horse State Park near Moab, Utah. In the distance are the blue waters of potash evaporation ponds, the snow-capped La Sal Mountains and several 4×4 roads we hope to ride on someday. 


Peeking out through a window in the rocks at Dead Horse State Park. 

Our 14 day BLM stay was nearing the end so time to move on from Moab, Utah. We will miss the natural beauty of the area but not the congestion. 

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Driving north on Highway 191 from Moab, Utah you pass the entrance to Arches National Park. Look at all the vehicles waiting to enter the park. Busy!

Landscape along Highway 191 near Willow Springs Road north of Moab, Utah. The green layers on the bluffs are from low oxygen ferrous iron. If the rock was from high oxygen ferric iron the color would be red or purple. 

Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park were both amazing places to visit and explore. The beauty and landscape of both are incredible. We hope to return to both someday and explore the 4×4 roads. With two more National Parks in Utah to visit before winter it was time to move on. Follow along next week as we head south and east to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. See you then!

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