As promised here is the second part of our trip to Salt Lake City.
The group continued their adventures in Moab - it’s a city located on the southern edge in southeastern Utah, approximately a four-hour drive from Salt Lake City. I don’t know if you know this, but this area is a geological wonderland nestled in a valley with scenic red rock cliffs on both sides and surrounded by rugged and beautiful desert terrain, excellent for hiking and mountain bike riding.
Once we checked into the hotel and had lunch, off exploring the main strip we went. Needless to say, Moab is a small and charming resort town. The "downtown" area had a western vibe to it. There was a great collection of restaurants, microbreweries and art galleries as well as shops.
The morning after, we were pumped to start the day hiking at Arches National Park and mountain biking at Moab’s Brand Trails. These trails are a network of and for various levels of bikers. The views of the red rock cliffs are spectacular! And for our hike at Arches National Park, all I can say is WOW! This park is popular because it is the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. The views are simply amazing.
The following day, our hiking adventures continued onto Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. This hike had us descending 400 feet (122 meters) into the canyon on the Neck Spring Trail, an 8.5-kilometre hike. And don’t forget, when you go down, you have to come back up! The day ended with a short hike at Dead Horse Point State Park. We were able to observe the dramatic view of the Colorado River and the Canyonlands National Park at an altitude of 5,900 feet (1,798 meters).
This trip was a challenging one for me as I am not a hiker and I was definitely out of my "fitness" comfort zone. But I loved every minute of it, especially the spectacular views.
I highly recommend it to outdoor adventurers.
Dora Paventi, retired and LOVING it!!
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