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Gallery: Arches National Park

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North Window, Arches National Park

JESSICA: Just last month, work took me to Moab, Utah, for my first visit to the red-rock state. With the sun shining, and a program that required a drive through Arches National Park, I couldn’t have been happier.

The weather wasn’t all that different from Michigan’s, believe it or not, with mornings in the 30s and a dusting of frost over the dry, rust-colored ground. (Most trails in the park stay open year round. More on visiting Arches in winter here.) But standing in the sun – in the quiet of the practically tourist-free park, it felt like perfect timing for the trip.

We holed up at the Sorrel River Ranch & Spa, a rustic, riverside property alongside the Colorado River. With rocking chairs on each patio and a claw-foot soaking tub in nearly every bathroom, it served as an ideal home base.

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A view from the Sorrel River Ranch & Spa
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Double Arch at The Windows, Arches National Park (and me!)
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The vertical drop off seems far less scary when focusing on what’s closest
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Animals aplenty at the ranch, including these gorgeous horses
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Dead Horse Point State Park
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Look at those red mud tires post rock crawling
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First stop in Arches National Park
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Views from the top of the Sorrel River Trail 
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Another look at Double Arches in The Windows at Arches National Park

 

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