May 29, 2014
Utah’s terrain is a varied one. The northern part of The Beehive State is dominated by the Rocky Mountains, with streams and rivers from the mountains that rushed downwards to create verdant valleys.
Down in Southern Utah it’s a different story. This is Red Rock Country. The desolate desert landscape in this part of the state offers majestic views thanks to a network of inspiring natural geological formations “” domes, hoodoos, slot canyons and, of course, the iconic arches.
Moab, located approximately 240 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, serves as a base for visitors looking to soak up the incredible local scenery. With a population of nearly 5,000, this Utah town is home to two national parks (Arches and Canyonlands), as well as Dead Horse Point State Park.
All of the open space makes this place prime real estate for outdoor recreation. Moab is a Mecca for mountain biking, with cyclists from all over the world making the trek to these hallowed grounds for a chance to take a spin on the world-famous Slickrock Trail.
The challenging trails in the backcountry of Moab also beckon four-wheeling enthusiasts. Off-road motoring events such as the Moab Jeep Safari are hosted here every year.
But wheels aren’t a requirement to enjoy Moab’s outdoor offerings. There are miles of well-worn hiking trails waiting to be discovered. Some of the more popular ones are located within Arches National Park.
The most iconic hike in the park is the one to Delicate Arch. At three miles for the round trip, this hike is not especially gruelling.
One of the peak times for the Delicate Arch hike is towards dusk. As the sun sets, the sandstone monolith practically glows with a reddish hue for a truly spectacular Red Rock Country vista. And for many, this experience alone warrants the trip to Moab.
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Written by Billy Yang