Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

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We woke up in Hanksville at Stan’s Burger joint and convenience store. We got cleaned up in the restrooms and filled all our water jugs. Stew got coffee and I got hot water from my Dandy Blend morning drink. Perfect little spot for the night.

Heading east on Rte 24 we drove through the Canyonlands. We decided to do a few hikes while in Canyonlands: Mesa Arch Trail and the Whale Rock Trail among others.

We debated whether to camp and do Arches National Park tomorrow or drive through today. We have an entrance time for tomorrow morning (they require a reservation to enter and it must be set up either 3 months ahead or if there are still spot then you can do it for the next day.). We were definitely tired but we were ready to get out of the desert and head to Colorado.

We decided to go ahead into Arches – it was just past 4:00 so we don’t need an entrance reservation and we could just drive in with our America the Beautiful Pass. We figured if it was really great then we would keep our appointment to enter tomorrow morning.

Most of the pictures are taken from parking lots and pullovers, we were just too tired to hike. Even Woody seemed a bit tired (hahahahaha).

We felt we saw what we wanted in Arches National Park and figured we should leave something for our next drive west! Our iOverlander app showed a pretty good overnight at the Utah Welcome Center just this side of the Colorado border. We were tired and it was getting dark and stormy. We were ready for an easy overnight.

The next morning it was still looking stormy but the sunrise was just spectacular!!

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