Utah Trip: Monument Valley Sunrise, Arches National Park

We’ve finally arrived at the last day of the trip! I woke up for sunrise in Monument Valley, and ended the day outside of Arches National Park in Moab.

This was the easiest sunrise I’ve ever woken up for. Alarm was set to 7:30am, and all I had to do was get out of bed and walk over to the sliding glass doors.

Utah Trip Monument Valley The View Hotel Sunrise

(Ok, I did also throw on some shoes and run down the hall to get to the hotel’s viewing deck for some of these. Still the chillest sunrise shoot ever.)

Utah Trip Monument Valley The View Hotel Sunrise

Utah Trip Monument Valley The View Hotel Sunrise

Utah Trip Monument Valley The View Hotel Sunrise

Doesn’t get much better than that, eh?

I had a relaxed morning, since my next (and last stop) was Arches National Park in Moab — only a few hours away! I took advantage of the hotel’s breakfast buffet and face-timed my dad to show him the awesome view.

Utah Trip Monument Valley The View Hotel Sunrise

Utah Trip Monument Valley The View Hotel Sunrise

After packing up and checking out, I took my final few glances of Monument Valley from the public viewing deck. Don’t those off-roaders look like they’re having the best time? Definitely not something I could attempt in my little Nissan (actually, I had to sign something at the rental place explicitly stating I wouldn’t, lol.)

Utah Trip Monument Valley The View Hotel Sunrise

Utah Trip Monument Valley The View Hotel Sunrise

Utah Trip Monument Valley The View Hotel Sunrise

You know that scene in Forrest Gump where he decides to stop running? That’s the road out of Monument Valley, on the way to Moab! With the number of times people have quoted Forrest Gump to me in my life (oh the joys of sharing a name with a character) of course I had to stop and take a picture.

Utah Trip Monument Valley Forrest Gump Road

The drive to Moab went surprisingly fast. I arrived well before my hotel’s check-in time, so I decided to just head straight to Arches National Park.

I gotta be honest. By this day of the trip I was pretty exhausted, and didn’t get to take advantage of Arches as much as I would’ve liked. While I did make a whole bunch of stops at a whole bunch of arches, I didn’t do much hiking. One of the most popular hikes is to Delicate Arch, but I chose to take the shorter route up to the view point. If you’re going to be there though, I’d recommend skipping the view point and just doing the full hike. Delicate Arch was so far in the distance that it was almost comical.

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Delicate Arch

See what I mean?

Still, Arches is awesome. Before heading out on this trip I had a lot of people tell me that their favorite place in Utah is Moab, and I can see why. There’s SO much to do!

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Park Avenue

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Balanced Rock

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Sand Dune Arch
Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Sand Dune Arch

One of my favorite arches was Sand Dune Arch (above). It’s a little bit hidden, and it’s just a cool experience to walk through the sand to get to it. The picture below is the rock formations it’s hidden within.

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Sand Dune Arch

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Sand Dune Arch

I also stopped at Skyline arch. When I parked I could see some people standing right up in there, but when I followed the trail I couldn’t see how they’d done it. I decided it was definitely not best to try to find out!

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Skyline Arch

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Delicate Arch

Hands down, my favorite arch was Double Arch. It was also the last stop I made in the park, and I am SO glad I did. The scale of it is just incredible.

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Double Arch

It was also one of the most popular arches I stopped at (I edited a billion people out of that photo.)

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Double Arch

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Double Arch

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Double Arch

Utah Trip Moab Arches National Park Double Arch

After that, I made my way back into Moab, checked into my hotel, and grabbed a very unglamorous dinner from Pizza Hut. The next day I drove back to Salt Lake City for my flight home! (Someone please remind me why I keep thinking red eye flights are a good idea?)

So that’s it for road trip number 3! I promise I don’t intentionally drag out these vacation recaps — juggling a full-time job, a part-time job, hobbies and a blog is not always the easiest task.

Previously:
Park City, and the Most Beautiful Wedding
The Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon
A Day in Zion National Park
Monument Valley and Horseshoe Bend, AZ
Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley by Night

 
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