Earlier this week we moved a hundred miles north from Bluff to Moab where we are staying in one of our favorite parks, Portal RV Resort. This park has two sections, a nice campground of pull through sites and a resort section with large concrete sites that are for sale. We are in the resort section tucked in next to a lot with a large three story permanent casita right beside us. At first we were not sure about having a wall next to us, but it does provide shade during the afternoon, privacy, and gives us some protection from the high winds predicted for the next few days.
David and Karen (and Cody!) moved north with us in their seventeen foot casita trailer and are in the campground area here in Portal.
There is the possibility of poor weather for the next couple of days so as soon as we were set up the four of us got into David’s Jeep Grand Cherokee and headed out for a visit to the Corona Arch, taking advantage of the beautiful day. Cody stayed at home needing a rest after so many days of hiking. The drive to the arch is about fifteen miles and the hike from the trailhead is about a mile and a half so we could easily do it in an afternoon.
Along the trail we encountered a large array of cairns. A cairn is a small pile of rocks used to mark a trail. This large display probably seems cool to most people, but we found it a bit out of place in an area known for its wilderness appearance.
The hike out to the arch is fairly easy, but there are two spots where a bit of climbing is necessary. The first is up a rock face where steps have been worn into the rocks and a cable had been installed as a handrail.
Just past the cable a ladder bolted to the rocks helps you over a short but steep bit of rock.
Just past the ladder the view of the Corona Arch is right in front of you.
The Corona Arch is huge. Look closely at the photo below and you’ll see John standing at its base.
Adjacent to the Corona Arch is the Bow Tie Arch. From underneath, it appears more like a cave with a hole in the ceiling.
At the base of the Bow Tie Arch a few blooming cacti added some color to the scene.
The road out to the arch, Potash Road, runs right along the Colorado River and provided some beautiful scenes on the ride back to our park.
We will be staying in Moab for a bit over two weeks so look for more pictures of rocks in future blogs!