Mighty Five Vacation | Moab /Arches / Canyonlands

Here’s my second post on our family vacation.  After our drive from Page we found a cute little cabin to stay in Moab and made that our base for the next 4 nights.  From  Moab we visited Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.  We had some fun on mountain bikes and did a Hummer ride in Hell’s Revenge too!  Arches was the first of the ‘Mighty Five’ that we visited and it didn’t disappoint!

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This one is called Balanced Rock
This one is called Balanced Rock

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Double Arch
Double Arch
Walking up to the Windows
Walking up to the Windows
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South window
North Window
North Window
We took the trail behind the windows and had a good view of both of them together.
We took the trail behind the windows and had a good view of both of them together.

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This was a fun hike in lots of sand to Sand Dune Arch.
This was a fun hike in lots of sand to Sand Dune Arch.

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Tunnel Arch out on the Devil’s Garden Trail.
Some cool trees and driftwood on the Devil's Garden Trail.
Some cool trees and driftwood on the Devil’s Garden Trail.

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It was hot!
It was hot!
This was probably our favorite and most strenuous hike of the day.  Delicate Arch.  It was quite a climb, then walking around this rock ledge was fun.  Then we were rewarded by such a beautiful view!
This was probably our favorite and most strenuous hike of the day – Delicate Arch. It was quite a climb, then walking around this rock ledge we we were rewarded by such a beautiful view on the other side!

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The next day we rented some mountain bikes in town and went out to Dead Horse Point State park.  Super fun!
The next day we rented some mountain bikes in town and went out to Dead Horse Point State park. Super fun!

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After mountain biking we did the Sunset Hummer Safari with The Moab Tour Company.  It was fantastic!  Terrifying, but fantastic!
After mountain biking we did the Sunset Hummer Safari with The Moab Tour Company. It was fantastic! Terrifying, but fantastic!

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My boys with our driver Casey.
My boys with our driver Casey.

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Our last day in Moab we went to the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands Park.  This was our first short hike up to Mesa Arch.
Our last day in Moab we went to the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands Park. This was our first short hike up to Mesa Arch.
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View through the arch was cool.
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The rim at Canyonlands.
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Did a hike to this area called Upheaval Dome – a salt uplift or the site of a meteorite crash are the two theories.
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I was in awe of this tree growing out of the rock! This is just one of several shots I took of it.
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I’ve got a thing for trees.
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The gorgeous view at Dead Horse Point State park.

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