also known as Castle Mountain, this is a long day hike in combination with Professor Creek. Simply spectacular for the real adventurous sort. Webpage is quite comprehensive, with directions, maps, photos, etc. on the Summitpost.org website.
This is a webpage I put together, with instructions for getting to and finding 40+ key features within Arches National Park. These are the "easy" arches, attainable for anyone with a passenger car and some moderate hiking capability. I've included some "where, how and why" about arches -- not overly scientific, just the basics to make the experience more enjoyable. There are over 40 photos on this page to help you with your arch hunting.
Here's a photo/menu page that links to descriptions and directions for many key Moab area natural arches located outside of the namesake National Park. Includes Gemini Bridge, Gold Bar Arch, Mosquito Arch, Cripps Arch, and quite a few others. On the "Bob's Arches" website.
This hike can be quite crowded. Fortunately, most people drive to the overlook first, where they are rewarded with an uninspiring view of a distant rock formation, so they skip the hike. That's a shame really. For you, our favorite slackpacker, take our advice and skip the overlook. Go straight to the trail. This is one of the finest hikes in the United States of America...but first check out this awesome page on the Natural Born Hikers website. Now if you go to the overlook, and get stuck behind some monstrous RV belching smoke and careening all over the road, don't say we didn't warn you.
Official BLM page with a handful of popular Moab trails. Provides roundtrip mileage, elevation gains, approximate directions, a brief description, and somewhat fuzzy photos for Amphitheater Loop, Corona Arch, Fisher Towers, Negro Bill Canyon, Moab Rim, Hidden Valley, Hunters Canyon, and Portal Overlook.
Rather in-depth webpage on the entire Fisher Towers recreation area; including the campground, etc. and a bit on the trail. This is on "Frank & Anne's Canyon Country Hiking & Camping" website. Frank and Anne also have a Fisher Towers page of personal notes from a series of hikes at Fisher Towers; a must-click for in-depth info.
Not hiking information exactly, but this is worth knowing about for winter XC or backcountry skiing. It's a series of huts for doing extended backcountry stuff. Neat. This is a commercial link for Tag-a-long tours; we don't normally link to commercial outfits. But I can tell you that Tag-a-long has a solid reputation and produces reliable tours and experiences for those without the inclination to create their own adventure. And in this case, what are you gonna do, carry your own hut? Well, a tent maybe. But remember, this is slackpacker.com, not backpacker.com.
Here's a nice "blog" thingy by Todd Lochmoeller with very easy-to-follow descriptions of his hikes, along with some outstanding photos. Covers a lot of Moab hot spots, like Bow Tie Arch, Morning Glory Natural Bridge, various petroglyphs/pictographs, etc. as well as some hikes from the outlying areas. Well worth a click.
Slot canyon located off Utah 128, a few miles north of Castle Valley. This page, on AmericanSouthwest.net, lists directions, descriptions, photos, etc. You'll need to hike 3 miles prior to reaching the narrows, but it's worth it. Good webpage.
This is an online "excerpt" from Utah's Favorite Hiking Trails, a great book by David Day. At 416 pages, it's quite comprehensive. But we're glad to link to Day's page on Tukuhnikivatz, as it provides detailed directions, stats, and photos. Well worth a click.
comprehensive page on Summitpost site with explicit directions, notes, dozens of photos. This is the one "must click" page for Mt. Tuk.
Mention "Moab" and a lot of different things may come to mind...mountain bikes, long hikes, river rafting, slickrock...and of course, arches. Natural arches...Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Double-O, the Windows. After the demand for uranium fell off, it was the natural arches that brought new life to this old desert cow town. Today it is a mecca for recreation of all sorts, but the number one attraction remains the natural arches.
If you've visited Arches National Park, you've probably seen half a dozen to a dozen arches. If you've made a bit of an effort to see the spans that the Park Service maintains roads and trails to, you have probably seen about two dozen.
Congratulations, you've still got 1,865 waiting to be seen.
That's correct, there are 1,889 legitimate spans in those rocks, and that's just in the confines of the National Park! There are thousands more surrounding Moab. You could dedicate your life to hunting for these arches, but you probably don't have time.
Fortunately, someone else has. Chris Moore, of Arch Hunter Books, has cataloged thousands and thousands of spans in the Moab region, and thousand more around the world. He is arguably the world's foremost authority on natural arches and bridges, and helped me publish the first identification and location of Honeysuckle Bridge, in Zachariah KY. So obviously I think quite highly of Chris, and wholeheartedly recommend his book, A Guide Book to the Natural Arches of Arches National Park.
Because you're reading this webpage, I'm guessing that you aren't quite satisfied by just hiking to the usual sights crawling with tourists. And you'd love to spend some time at an arch that you can have all to yourself. Well, that book is the way to do it. Chris has published a couple others covering arches around Moab, but I think the ones within the National Park are the easiest to get to, and the most concentrated. The link takes you to amazon.com, so you can buy with confidence and certainly return it if the book isn't to your liking. And then you can go hunt down the rest of those arches!
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Got kids? Recently caught this guy, Brady Rymer, at a show in the northeast. Infectious to say the least, a fun, energetic sing-along type thing had the audience singing and grinning from ear to ear. Now don't ask why, but I bought the CD (my own kids are teenagers) and now I can't get these tunes out of my head. If you've got kids between the ages of 2 and 7 or thereabouts, you'll just love this music. So much better musically and lyrically than the usual drivel recorded for kids, that mind-numbing stuff that drives you nuts. If you don't have kids, you'll have to think up some other excuse for buying it. And when you do, let me know, because my daughters think I'm crazy. Not sure where'd you find it in stores, so here's a direct link to Amazon.com for I Found It! and again, the singer's name is Brady Rymer. It's great stuff, excellent gift for pre-K kids. Below is a preview, just click the little Youtube thingy if you're interested...