We were up at the usual time on Monday morning with good intentions to be at Arches NP bright and early. BUT, I am sure you know how it is, one thing and then another and we didn't leave home until 10:00am.
This is a view of the La Sal Mountains and petrified sand dunes as we drove through the park on the main road.
Balanced rock is one of the most popular features in the park. It is located right next to the main road. Total height of Balanced Rock is about 128 feet with the balancing rock rising 55 feet above the base.
Windows arches is also visible from the main road. There is a trail there we want to walk, but this was not our destination for the day...so we rode on.
These flowers are blooming all over the park. They are called Rough mule's ear and are in the Sunflower Family.
Skyline Arch was the perfect warm-up trail to take and the arch is quite impressive. The trail is a .4 mile round trip hike. The arch is 71 feet across and 35.5 feet tall.
In 1940, a large block of sandstone fell from Skyline Arch and doubled the size of the arch. Boulders from the collapse remain and can be seen below the arch today.
Plan B...take the unpaved road through Salt Valley to the Klondike Bluffs and hike to Tower Arch. Salt Valley Road is about 8.3 miles of washboard road and is the only way to Tower Arch.
Along the way, we saw lots of Prince's Plume...
If you look closely, you will see a couple who is ahead of us. The first part of the trail is a short, but steep ridge.
From the top of the ridge, you have an outstanding view of the area.
Oops...notice the clouds...we didn't have a Plan C! The weather called for a 20% chance of thunder storms. As we were taking our time and enjoying the view...clouds with rain showers came rolling in!
Instead of taking Salt Valley Road back through the park, we made a left turn at the trailhead and traveled on. It was a beautiful ride...and Joe stopped a lot for me to take pictures!
There were fields of Pale Evening Primrose...oh so pretty!
Eventually Salt Valley Road was a dead end...we turned left on a connector road and ended up on Hwy 191 about 30 miles from Moab.
Despite our late departure and the weather, we still managed to have a marvelous Monday! Arches National Park is spectacular and we can't wait to explore more...
Thanks for stopping by today!
Hope you are having a fun week...
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P.S. This is post #101 for us!