2020-09-13-Back to Travel-Collette tour of the West · Key Blogs

Back to Travel – Arches and Canyonlands N.P.

Wednesday morning started earlier than normal at 8 am to avoid the heat of the blistering sun at Arches National Park. It was no problem for the group as the sun rose over our east facing rooms and woke us up for a hearty and early breakfast.

Breakfast buffet at Red River Lodge

Speaking of breakfast, note that this part of Utah is a “green” zone for COVID-19 with ultra low rates. As such, self serve buffet is permitted. Yet each station is monitored with a staff to assure social distancing is obeyed and masks are mandatory for every one till seated at a table. The choice was outstanding and the quality very tasty and fresh.

Fruit, a sticky bun, and veggie scramble eggs

A short 20-minute ride along scenic Colorado River got is to Moab and on to the visitor center of Arches. A multi-stop exploration of the key sights over 3 hours gave everyone lots of opportunities to marvel at the delicate sandstone landscapes.

At Arches NP
Delicate Arch

For lunch break, we all got 1.5 hours to roam around downtown Moab before heading to two more spectacular sights at Canyonlands National Park and Utah State Park – Dead Horse Point of “Thelma & Louise” fame. Both parks offer unique grand scale canyon vistas galore. You’ll notice the haze – courtesy of Western fire ash particles at 10’000 feet in the jet stream.

Island in the sky viewing point at Canyonlands
Dead Horse Point

Tonight’s dinner was an included Chuck wagon cook off at our RedRiver Lodge which was tasty, fresh, and fun. We all had tables outside with views of the river.

My AAA colleague Kelly and I shared a table
Meat loaf with baked yam and veggies

2 thoughts on “Back to Travel – Arches and Canyonlands N.P.

  1. Thank you. Vistas as experiences I would never know without your tour pictures and descriptions.

    Love, Julie

    *Julie Blade*Personal/Family Historian Lifetime Chronicles

    *Capturing Life’s Memories* 1458 Stanley Dollar Dr #2B Walnut Creek, CA 94595

    On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 7:58 PM Planet Travel Blog wrote:

    > schneebergerr posted: ” Wednesday morning started earlier than normal at 8 > am to avoid the heat of the blistering sun at Arches National Park. It was > no problem for the group as the sun rose over our east facing rooms and > woke us up for a hearty and early breakfast. Bre” >

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