The beginning of the Last Crusade

River Phoenix as a young boy scout riding a horse with his fellow scouts past a Balancing Rock and under a rock arch. That’s how Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie begins. And we headed towards the same arch: Double Arch in Arches National Park.

Arches National Park

To be honest we were a bit disappointed with Arches. Yes, there were a lot of arches but when you’d seen one, you’d seen them all.

Some of arches had interesting stories about them. For example there had been a photographer on site when a big piece of Landscape Arch fell down so there is a picture of the incident. Quite a coincidence. Also the area called Fiery Furnace is not called fiery or furnace because of the heat but because it looks fiery at sunset. Also it was interesting that the arches were not natural bridges across a river but all of them had been formed from erosion by sunlight or by low temperatures.

Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

The hike from the parking lot to Landscape Arch and back was about 3 km. We skipped the hike to the landmark arch of Arches National Park: Delicate Arch. Instead we saw it from Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint. It was just 1 km from the parking lot.


Delicate Arch from Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint (300 mm lense)

Moab Distillery and Brewery was just across the street from our hotel. We bought some local Spot On Gin to take home. We also enjoyed excellent local burgers at Milt’s Stop & Eat. One night we had tacos and margaritas at Miguel’s Baja Grill. We also had a chance to do some laundry. I don’t want to spend valuable time in waiting in coin laundry so we wanted to find a service laundry. Unfortunately the one in Moab town center was only self-service during the weekend. Luckily we found Moab Wash and Fold a bit outside of town which could wash our clothes by Monday morning.

We spent three nights in Moab and we had plenty of time to see all three major sights.

Double Arch, The beginning of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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